After announcing yet another full lockdown, Austrian authorities also said they would make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory, vowing “penalties” for those who continue to resist.
Following a lockdown of the unvaccinated, which failed to put a halt to soaring case numbers, the entire country will now be placed under a full lockdown lasting at least 10 days.
From February 1st, everyone will also be legally required to have been vaccinated.
“We haven’t been able to convince enough people to vaccinate. For too long, I and others have assumed that you can convince people to get vaccinated,” said Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg.
He also vowed to impose “penalties” on those who still refuse to get vaccinated, although these weren’t specified.
It’s likely that Austria will follow the United States in attempting to make vaccination compulsory for having a job.
Numerous other countries, including Germany, Italy, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, are all about to implement new restrictions in an effort to combat a “fourth wave” of the virus.
Europe is currently experiencing its highest ever COVID surge, with 310,000 cases being registered across the continent over the last 24 hours.
One country which is coping noticeably better than the rest of Europe is Sweden, which never imposed any strict mask mandates or legal lockdown.
Meanwhile, Ireland is also on a “war footing” and could be about to introduce a new lockdown despite having a 94% vaxxed population, mandatory mask mandates, and a vaccine passport scheme already in place.
How many lockdowns, followed by new waves of infections, do European countries have to impose before they consider the effectiveness of lockdowns?
We’re now over 20 months into this.
Keep complying, idiots.