The Austrian Parliament approves a compulsory vaccination law for adults, which imposes fines ranging between 600 and 3,600 euros, which has caused great polarization in the streets. It is the first law of its kind in an EU member country. It will enter into force on February 1, but will begin to apply in mid-March.
Pregnant women, people for whom the vaccine poses a risk and those who have recovered from the disease in the last 180 days are exempt. Chancellor Karl Nehammer’s governing coalition worked with two of the three opposition parties. Only the ultra-nationalist and anti-vaccine party FPÖ opposed it en bloc.
A budget of 1,000 million euros
The Austrian Government announced a lottery with vouchers of 500 euros to encourage vaccination.
“It will be an incentive for communities to report on vaccination. And there will really be rewards to municipalities based on the number of people vaccinated, declared Nehammer. One in ten vaccinated will have a chance of winning the lottery. The budget allocated for this initiative is of around 1,000 million euros.
France | The vaccination pass goes into effect on January 24
In France, the vaccination pass will take effect next Monday. The Prime Minister, Jean Castex announced that as of February 2, the use of a mask outdoors will not be mandatory, nor will there be limited capacity. In addition, teleworking will no longer be mandatory.
While the teachers’ unions called a second strike for this Thursday due to the changes in the covid protocol. The booster dose for adolescents will be possible from January 24.
Isolation easing in Sweden
Sweden, which registers almost 40,000 daily infections, will relax the isolation rules for contact cases and will facilitate access to work for key positions such as health and police.
Omicron is multiplied by more than five
The pandemic, as the WHO reminds, is far from over. In Moscow, a new wave of the Omicron variant is registered with more than 11,500 cases in one day. The number of cases throughout Russia amounts to about 11 million. The figure has multiplied by more than five in a week.