Mandatory vaccination law in effect: penalties not until mid-March

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As of today, mandatory vaccination against the coronavirus is in effect in Austria for all persons residing in Austria over the age of 18. Until mid-March, no penalties will be imposed.

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In Austria, the Corona vaccination obligation has been in force since February 5. It applies to all persons resident in Austria from the age of 18, exceptions are provided for pregnant women and those who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons, and – conditionally – also for convalescents.

The regulation with the exact details of this or the approved vaccines is not yet available – this is still in coordination, it was said from the Ministry of Health to the APA.

Corona vaccination obligation since midnight: Penalties from mid-March
The penalty range for non-compliance goes in the so-called “simplified procedure” up to 600 euros, in the “ordinary procedure” up to 3,600 euros. In the first phase after entry into force, however, there will be no penalties until mid-March, but only from March 16 (“phase 2”). As soon as ELGA GmbH has created the technical conditions for data reconciliation, all those who have not yet been vaccinated will receive a reminder urging them to vaccinate. If it is epidemiologically necessary, the third phase will then also come into effect. Those who then fail to present a valid vaccination certificate on a government-designated vaccination date will be issued an automated vaccination penalty notice.

  • sources: APA/vienna.at/picture: pixabay.com
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