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Covid-19: Austria becomes first Western country to resort to mandatory vaccination

Source : 112 Ukraine

Austria will also enter a nationwide lockdown for a maximum of 20 days from next Monday
18:51, 19 November 2021

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Austria has become the first Western democracy to resort to mandatory vaccination. It is reported by Politico. 

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced on Friday that Covid-19 vaccination would be mandatory in the Alpine republic from February 2022.

That makes Austria the first European country — and one of the first in the world — to impose compulsory coronavirus vaccination.

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"We have not managed to get enough unvaccinated people to get vaccinated. The most recent measures have increased daily vaccinations but not enough. For a long time, it was consensus in the country that a vaccine mandate is not necessary, but we have to face reality," Schallenberg said. 

Austria will also enter a nationwide lockdown for a maximum of 20 days from next Monday. 

The country is grappling with a surging infection rate, as more than 15,000 new cases were reported Thursday, up from 11,000 earlier this week.

Meanwhile, Denmark and Austria will not close their borders for the Ukrainian citizens.

"Denmark and Austria have retained full visa-free entry for Ukrainians who have undergone a full course of vaccination," the statement reads.

Related: Greece introduces new quarantine restrictions for unvaccinated people

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