Days after Austria banned the unvaccinated, it announced a full national COVID-19 ban from Monday.
The restrictions apply for 20 days, whereby the rules prohibit Austrians from leaving the house other than going to work, shopping for essentials and doing sports. Schools will remain open, but children are encouraged to stay home whenever possible.
“We have to look reality in the face,” said Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg at a press conference on Saturday.
“Despite months of persuasion, we did not succeed in convincing enough people to be vaccinated.
“The only way to get out of this vicious circle is to permanently increase the vaccination rate.”
Where are COVID-19 vaccines mandatory?
Austria is not the first country to enforce COVID-19 jabs against the virus.
In the fight against the increasing COVID-19 infections, Greece, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have also announced that similar measures will be taken from Monday.
The Czech government has approved plans starting next Monday to only allow people who have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 to enter restaurants, attend certain events and use various other services.
The announcement came as the Czech government plans to increase vaccination rates while the daily number climbs to 22,511 new cases on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Andrej Babis said his government was inspired by similar measures imposed in Bavaria.
“The situation is serious and we ask everyone again to get vaccinated,” said Mr Babis.
Slovakia reported a record number of cases on Wednesday, and neighboring countries Hungary and Poland had their highest numbers in more than six months.
As a result of rising infections, Slovakia will ban those who are not vaccinated from all non-essential stores and malls.
People who are not vaccinated must be tested twice a week to go to work and are denied access to public events and gatherings.
In both the Czech Republic and Slovakia, vaccination rates are below the average for the 27 nations of the European Union.
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During their stay in Greece, unvaccinated adults are not allowed to enter indoor “catering” areas or to enter cinemas, theaters, museums and fitness studios.
Despite claiming no deaths or infections from COVID-19, Turkmenistan was the first country to introduce mandatory vaccination for all eligible adults in July.
The Central Asian country joins North Korea and the Pacific islands of Nauru and Tuvalu, which have not yet reported a single case of COVID-19 to the World Health Organization.
Indonesia introduced a mandatory policy on COVID-19 vaccines in February. Residents face harsh penalties for not being vaccinated, including fines and denial of welfare and government services.
Indonesia is fighting one of the largest coronavirus epidemics in Asia and aims to vaccinate 181.5 million of its 270 million inhabitants within 15 months.
“Sanctions are our last-ditch effort to encourage people’s participation,” said Health Ministry official Siti Nadia Tarmizi.
Micronesia made vaccinations mandatory for people over the age of 18 in July. The tiny island nation required anyone who received federal funding to demonstrate their vaccination status in order to receive their checks.
This policy covered a large segment of the population, including everyone from business owners who receive pandemic incentive payments to government employees and retirees who receive social security benefits.
Regarding the vaccination mandate, Micronesia President David Panuelo said, “I think freedoms are important these days, but how can freedoms be important if you die from it?”
“You don’t have to wear a mask. Our children are still going to school, ”said Panuelo in September.
“There is no virus at the moment. We enjoy the daily freedoms like we did before the COVID outbreak. And that’s why we want it to stay that way. “
With Reuters and AP