Austria plans to begin targeting unvaccinated for lockdown next week

Those against the COVID-19 vaccine and the vaccine-hesitant in Austria are faced with a more serious choice as threats of a targeted lockdown are announced for the small European nation as early as next week.

According to a report by The Associated Press Austria’s chancellor ramped up his threats on Thursday saying there could be lockdown measures only for the unvaccinated as reportings of coronavirus cases increase.

The report said that some of the worst affected areas of the Alpine nation could start implementing the lockdown against the unvaccinated next week as officials are forced to come up with a solution to the growing infections reported.

On an international scale, the nation of Austria has taken its COVID-19 protocols very seriously, and Monday they barred the unvaccinated and those who haven’t yet contracted and recovered from the infection from restaurants, hotels, hairdressing salons, and large public events.

“Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said late last month that unvaccinated people in Austria could face new lockdown restrictions if infection numbers continue to rise — which they have,” the AP reported.

“On Thursday, official figures showed 760.6 reported new cases per 100,000 residents over the previous seven days — a rate three times that of neighboring Germany, where record numbers also are causing alarm.”

In a recent visit to western Austria, the chancellor said that the move to discriminate against the unvaccinated was “probably unavoidable” and that those unwilling to comply with vaccine mandates face an “uncomfortable” winter and Christmas.

“I don’t see why two-thirds should lose their freedom because one-third is dithering,” Schallenberg said. “For me, it is clear that there should be no lockdown for the vaccinated out of solidarity for the unvaccinated.”

Officials there “plan a lockdown for unvaccinated people from Monday, provided that there is a legal green light from the federal government, or rather that the federal government creates the legal basis,” governor Thomas Stelzer said.