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Austria has announced that it will make the COVID-19 vaccine compulsory for everyone

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Schools will remain open, although parents have been asked to keep their children at home if possible. It is also recommended to work from home.

Vaccination against COVID-19 in the Alpine nation will be mandatory from February 1 next year, Schallenberg said. So far, the Vatican alone in Europe has imposed a vaccination mandate.

The World Health Organization continues to favor policies that “demonstrate the benefits and safety of vaccines for the widest possible acceptance of vaccines, rather than imposing mandatory vaccination,” spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told reporters in Geneva.

But Mr Schallenberg said: “Despite months of persuasion, we have not succeeded in convincing enough people to be vaccinated,” and that vaccination is the only “exit ticket” out of the pandemic.

Austria has already imposed movement restrictions on people who have not been vaccinated or have recently recovered from the virus, and has ordered them to stay home since Monday, making it the first EU country to do so.

But the infections continue to rise. On Friday, a new record of more than 15,800 new cases was registered in the EU member state of almost nine million people.

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‘Tragedy’

“I was hoping there would not be a general shutdown,” Markus Horvath said as he prepared to close his stall selling jewelery at a Christmas market in Vienna from Monday.

Christian Edlmayr, who sells glass decorations at another Christmas market in Vienna, said he would lose half of his annual turnover.

“This is going to be very, very bad for me,” he said.

During the partial closure, only stores that are considered significant will remain open such as supermarkets, banks, pharmacies and post offices.

People wearing face mask when visiting a Christmas market in Vienna, Austria, on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

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Andreas Schneider, a 31-year-old from Belgium who works as an economist in the Austrian capital, also described the shutdown as a “tragedy” and said it had been “reasonable” to detain the unvaccinated when they had a choice.

Other European countries are also reintroducing curbs to combat the spread of the virus.

On Friday, the German state of Bavaria canceled all of its popular Christmas markets this year, announcing a closure of clubs, bars and night services at restaurants.

“The situation is very, very serious and difficult,” said Prime Minister Markus Soeder at a news conference.

Last Saturday, Holland closed bars, restaurants, cafes and supermarkets from kl. 20:00 for three weeks with unnecessary shops that were forced to close at. 18.00.

Hundreds in Paris protest against Austria’s COVID-19 restrictions


Protests

In Austria, the demand for vaccinations has increased in recent days, and 66 percent of the population is now fully spotted, slightly below the EU average of more than 67 percent.

Outside Europe, Indonesia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan have made COVID-19 vaccination mandatory, while the French Pacific Territory of New Caledonia has also decided to introduce vaccination from the end of December.

On Friday, the Austrian opposition party NEOs said the government should have acted faster to prevent intensive care units from fighting, while the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) described the country as a “dictatorship” over its plan to make vaccinations mandatory.

Austria’s decision “has some ethical human rights implications,” said the WHO’s Chaib, adding that other countries should look into the matter to avoid punishing groups of people who cannot be vaccinated for medical or other reasons.

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