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Austrian government approves vaccine mandate

Austrian upper house approves vaccine mandate. Chamber voted 47-12 for the mandate.

Where: Austria

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On Thursday, the Austrian parliament’s upper house approved the vaccine mandate, bringing it closer to taking effect.

The mandate passed 47 to 12 in the upper house. The lower house had cleared the mandate on January 20. The mandate will now be sent to President Alexander Van der Bellen for final approval.

The new law will be the first of its kind in Europe, requiring all adults 18 and older to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The relevant authorities will write to households informing them of the requirement once the mandate goes into effect.

Checks on peoples’ vaccination status will begin mid-March. Those who can’t produce proof of vaccination will need to do so in writing or be fined 600 euros ($676). As it stands, roughly 72% of the Austrian population are fully vaccinated.

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