Austria is currently planning for the minimum age regarding the vaccine mandate to be 14 years old, according to Health Minister Wolfgang Mueckstein.
The mandate will come into force in February and will include a fine of €3,600, however, these details have yet to be approved by parliament.
According to the Austrian Government, the mandate is being backed by two opposition parties, which suggests that it will be passed.
This comes as Austria is scheduled to emerge from a 20-day nationwide lockdown on Sunday that was imposed as a result of a surge in Covid-19 cases and to tackle its vaccination rate of 65%, which is one of the lowest in Western Europe.
Although certain businesses have been given the go-ahead to reopen, such as non-essential shops, theatres and restaurants; many provinces plan to ease restrictions in a more cautious manner.
This means that businesses can only reopen based on advice from the local province of a business.
IMAGE – “AM Alexander Schallenberg Trauerfeier IA” (CC BY 2.0) by Österreichisches Außenministerium/”201214-D-BN624-0811″ (CC BY 2.0) by U.S. Secretary of Defense