“Lockdown for the unvaccinated is already paying off,” Chancellor Alexander Salenberg told AFP. “An additional 500,000 people were vaccinated last week. That is exactly what we wanted to achieve. “
According to the Austrian Chancellor, many Austrians rushed to be vaccinated, when they were informed about the impending vaccination of unvaccinated patients, which is valid from yesterday, Monday 15 November.
The measure lasts for a period of ten days and concerns all those over 12 years of age who have not been vaccinated or have not recovered from coronavirus in the last six months. Unvaccinated people are allowed to leave home only to buy essential food, work, go to the doctor and exercise. Recently, the Austrian government took the first restrictive measures specifically for the unvaccinated, barring them from accessing restaurants, sports facilities, hairdressers and barbershops.
“I want the unvaccinated to be vaccinated, not to lock them up in homes”
The Austrian chancellor has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning the government have been made more than once. “I want the unvaccinated to be vaccinated and not to lock them up in their homes,” said Alexander Salenberg. .
According to the Austrian Chancellor, Lockdown’s goal for the unvaccinated is to “prevent the collapse of medical care” in the country. It should be noted that in recent days the cases of coronavirus in Austria have skyrocketed, exceeding 800 per 100,000 in the last seven days, while in Germany they are currently at 312.
Olaf Solz wants a discussion on compulsory vaccination
In Germany, Chancellor-designate Olaf Solz is clearly not in favor of universal compulsory vaccination. It does, however, call for a public debate on the mandatory vaccination of certain occupational groups, such as those working in nursing homes, while announcing that relevant decisions may be taken in the short term.
The acting chancellor told the Süddeutsche Zeitung Economic Forum: “I think it is right to discuss whether we should proceed with this measure.” Olaf Solz stressed that it is definitely positive that the debate on this issue is opening, adding that the Social Democrats, Greens and Liberals have consciously chosen to start a public exchange of views on compulsory vaccination. Olaf Solz stressed that a mandatory vaccination of certain professional groups is possible only when there is a broad consensus. “If we achieve this, it will definitely be positive,” he said.
DW – Stefanos Georgakopoulos