Over 40,000 Protest In Austria Against New Lockdown & Mandatory COVID Vaccination For All

In Brief

  • The Facts:
    • Over 40,000 people marched in Vienna, Austria against new lockdown measures and compulsory vaccination.

    • Austria is set to make vaccines mandatory by Feb, 2022.

    • Citizens could face hefty fines and jail time for refusing vaccination.

  • Reflect On:
    • The Pulse has been covering the unfolding of Austria as they are the first country to institute mandatory vaccine policies, with fines and jail time, for COVID-19.

    • Does the reality of the COVID recovery rate and the temporary protection vaccines provide a good reason for measures like this?

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More than 40,000 citizens marched the streets of Vienna on Dec. 4th 2021 to protest a new lockdown and incoming plans to make vaccination compulsory for all in the country of Austria.

As infections began to rise in Austria, its government announced they plan to implement a new lockdown and make vaccinations compulsory by Feb. 2021. Citizens who do not get vaccinated could receive fines of up to €7,200 ($8100 USD) or 4 weeks jail time.

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Citizens took to the streets feeling as though these forced vaccination measures were unacceptable.

“I am here because I am against against forced vaccinations. I am for human rights, and the violation of human rights should be stopped,”

A protester told Reuters Television.

“We are protecting our children,” said another protester in Vienna.

Police say the size of the protest was about 40,000. Meanwhile people that want mandated vaccines also protested, with around 1,500 people showing up.

Scenes got a little tense as some officers used pepper spray on protesters who aimed fireworks at police.

Austria was the first country in the world to make vaccination compulsory. Greece followed with similar ideas, making vaccines mandatory for people 60 years of age and older. Germany’s Angela Merkel announced earlier this week that they are exploring the idea of making vaccination mandatory by February 2022.

It is to be noted that COVID vaccination efforts do not stop the spread of COVID nor protect people from being infected. They have been shown to reduce the severity of symptoms for a period of time.

In the United States, of the top five counties that have the highest percentage of fully vaccinated people (99.9–84.3%), the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies four of them as “high” transmission counties.

Public policies continue to not align with what COVID vaccination science states.

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