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Covid-19: Austria introduces lottery to encourage citizens to get vaccinated

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 20th January, 2022 03:58:43 PM
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Covid-19: Austria introduces lottery to encourage citizens to get vaccinated

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Austria's conservative-led government said on Thursday it was introducing a national lottery to encourage holdouts to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, hours before parliament was due to pass a bill introducing a national vaccine mandate, Hindustan Times reported.

Roughly 72% of Austria's population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, one of the lowest rates in western Europe.

Chancellor Karl Nehammer said he wanted there to be a financial reward for those who get vaccinated.

Members of the public, whether already vaccinated or not, would get a ticket for each shot they have had - three tickets in total for those who have had their booster shot.

Every tenth ticket would win a 500 euro ($568) gift voucher, Nehammer said, without specifying what the vouchers were for

The lower house of parliament is due to pass a bill later on Thursday making vaccines compulsory for all adults in Austria, with initial fines of 600 euros, rising to up to 3,600 euros if the fine is challenged unsuccessfully.

Austria will be the first European Union country to introduce a Covid vaccine mandate for all adults when the measure takes effect on February 1.