Austria’s chancellor steps up threats of lockdown measures for unvaccinated people, as new coronavirus cases in the Alpine country are soaring.
During a visit to Bregenz in western Austria, Schallenberg says that a lockdown for the unvaccinated is “probably unavoidable,” and that the unvaccinated face an “uncomfortable” winter and Christmas, reports the Austria Press Agency.
“I don’t see why two-thirds should lose their freedom because one-third is dithering,” Schallenberg says. “For me, it is clear that there should be no lockdown for the vaccinated out of solidarity for the unvaccinated.”
Schallenberg says authorities would consider a vaccine mandate for some professional groups. He added that the country’s vaccination rate is “shamefully low.” About 65% of the population is fully inoculated.