Belgium in Brief: The Austria Effect

Belgium in Brief: The Austria Effect
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“What do you think about what’s going on in Austria?”

In case you missed it, yesterday Austria became the first EU country to confine people who have not received the Covid-19 vaccine.

Across the country, two million unvaccinated people began a new lockdown on Monday after Austria’s conservative chancellor Alexander Schallenberg decided to confine those who either had not been vaccinated or did not have antibodies after catching the virus.

The fine for those who break it? €500, with those refusing to be checked facing a penalty of €1,450.

Sure, that’s in Austria. But it does beg the question:

“Could this happen in Belgium?”

As it stands, the consensus seems to be “No.”

Speaking on Monday, Vice Prime Minister for the Green party, Petra De Sutter called for a debate about making the coronavirus vaccine mandatory for the entire population instead of excluding non-vaccinated residents.

“That really seems a bridge too far for us,” said De Sutter. “Just saying we are going to exclude non-vaccinated people, or doing it in a roundabout way, that is not the way to do it.”

So, what do you think:

Is a new lockdown for the unvaccinated a step too far?

Or a difficult choice that needs to be made? 

Let @johnstonjules know (or email me j.johnston@brusselstimes.com). 

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