Tuesday, January 18

These countries slap the unvaccinated with fines and bans

In the battle against coronavirus, the unvaccinated are increasingly under attack.

Germany and Israel are getting closer to making Covid-19 vaccine injections mandatory, Greece is introducing fines, and Spain is banning some unvaccinated travelers. Despite the protests, making life more difficult for those who don’t want a chance is a tactic increasingly favored by governments, frightened by the spread of the omicron variant.

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These are some of the measures against the unvaccinated implemented by governments around the world.

Greek fines
The government is making vaccinations mandatory for all Greeks over the age of 60. Starting next month, the refuseniks will pay a fine of 100 euros ($ 113) each month they do not receive an injection, with the funds going to hospital services. In Greece, only 60,000 of the 580,000 unvaccinated people over the age of 60 received the vaccine in November.

The blockade of Austria
The country with one of the lowest inoculation rates in Western Europe will remain on lockdown until mid-December. Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg later promised to lift restrictions for people vaccinated or recently recovered from the virus. A lockdown is likely to persist for the unvaccinated, although they can still go to work with a negative test. Authorities are also working on plans to impose mandatory vaccines starting in February, with fines of up to 7,200 euros ($ 8,151).

Finnish Bars
Bars and restaurants in Finland that refuse to use Covid certificates will no longer serve alcohol after 5pm in the government’s latest attempt. Health authorities in the northern city of Kajaani offered 1,000 plastic buckets to entice people to inject, making a joke that Finns will line up for anything for a free bucket.

Travel ban in Spain
Spain has effectively banned UK travelers from not being fully vaccinated. As of December 1, it will only accept proof of vaccination for adult entry. The UK government council also says that Spanish authorities also do not accept a Covid recovery certificate.

The repression of Hungary
The Budapest government allows employers to make vaccinations mandatory for staff in an effort to pressure people to get vaccinated. Anyone who does not can receive unpaid leave.

Cash from Slovakia
Slovak Finance Minister Igor Matovic wants to distribute coupons worth 500 euros to all people over 60 who get vaccinated, including those who have already received the injection. Some government forces are opposed to the coupons, which could be used in restaurants and hotels, but Matovic hopes to push them forward with the backing of some opposition lawmakers in parliament.

Singapore Medical Bills
In Singapore, those who choose not to take their hits will now have to pay their own medical bills if they contract Covid. Patients receiving therapies and staying in intensive care units may have to pay around S $ 25,000 ($ 18,460), according to a median estimate published by the Ministry of Health.

Lithuanian Certificates
Many countries in Europe require vaccination certificates to enter bars and restaurants, but Lithuania has gone one step further. Citizens over the age of 16 must provide Covid immunity certificates to enter any restaurant or cafe, shopping malls, movie theaters, beauty salons, or any other covered public venue or event. The rule will be further toughened from the end of December and will apply to everyone over 12 years of age.

The government also pays 100 euros to people over 75 who receive their booster shot before March 31.

US mandate
The administration of US President Joe Biden issued an emergency rule that requires large private employers to require periodic vaccinations or tests. The Labor Department said the mandate will apply to companies with 100 or more employees and set a January 4 deadline. Failure to comply could result in fines of up to $ 136,000.

About 5% of unvaccinated workers left their jobs when their employer imposed a vaccination mandate, according to an October survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Teachers from Ukraine
In Ukraine, teachers and government officials who are not fully vaccinated have been put on leave without pay. Restaurants, shopping malls and gyms can only operate if 100% of their staff received vaccinations. Public transportation across the country is available only to vaccinated people.

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