An update on the various mandatory vaccination policies across Europe. European states have adopted different policies on compulsory vaccinations, some are far more extreme than others.
Austria: From February 3rd 2022, all adults in Austria have to be vaccinated. Fines for non-compliance can be up to €3,600 (about USD $4,000).
Greece: Everyone over the age of 60 must be vaccinated. Anyone who is over 60 and still unvaccinated after 2nd February 2022 will be fined €100 per month (about USD $115).
Italy: Everyone over the age of 50 must be vaccinated. Fines of €100 will be levied randomly on any of the 1.5 million unvaccinated who refuse to comply (about USD $115).
Germany: MPs are debating different proposals that could make vaccinations mandatory with fines for people who choose not to get vaccinated.
Denmark: Vaccinations are voluntary, but has a vaccine passport that requires either vaccination, recovery from the virus, or a negative test to access much of public life including restaurants, cinemas and hairdressers.
France: Vaccinations are compulsory for health and care professionals, firefighters and transport workers. France requires proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 in order to access bars, restaurants, gyms and events, among other aspects of public life. People with jobs who are in contact with the public must have a vaccine passport in order to go to work. The French President has promised to “piss off” the unvaccinated.
Hungary: Vaccination is mandatory for health workers, state school teachers and people working in state institutions.
Sweden: Intends to keep vaccinations voluntary
Switzerland: Vaccinations are voluntary but the Swiss government or local cantons can impose vaccination on “vulnerable groups of people and for certain people, under very strict conditions.”
United Kingdom: No general vaccine mandate. A planned vaccine mandate for health workers and care workers has been put on hold.
It’s probably a complete coincidence, but there seems to be an increasing correlation between countries with extreme policies on compulsory vaccination and countries that were under fascist control in WWII (see map).
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