The following video features the announcement by Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer that the “vaccination” against COVID-19 is being made mandatory for all citizens.
Since this video was recorded, the Austrian government was forced to postpone the rollout of the mandate until at least April. As I understand it, the delay was not in response to repeated demonstrations against the mandate by tens of thousands of citizens, but was prompted by technical difficulties. Evidently the electronic infrastructure is not yet in place that would track the vax status of all citizens, linked to their QR codes. I don’t think the government is backing away from the mandate, but simply postponing it for a brief period.
Note the doublethink evidenced by Mr. Nehammer’s words: “compulsory vaccination is understood as a clear signal that for all of us it is about the common freedom that must be preserved…”
Compulsion is freedom. What could be clearer?
|00:01||The real question we must ask ourselves|
|00:05||is what can we do together now, what can we do together|
|00:09||to fight against a lockdown, yes allow me to|
|00:13||say the word, to actually fight against|
|00:17||a lockdown. Hence my appeal to all those|
|00:21||who are watching us, to all who will read their news later:|
|00:25||during this phase let us|
|00:29||help each other especially.|
|00:33||Let us together take the recommendations|
|00:37||of our health experts very seriously.|
|00:41||Let’s fight against the lockdown, and especially let’s fight against the Omicron|
|00:45||which is, because of its high infectiousness,|
|00:49||so dangerous, because it can attack the critical infrastructure.|
|00:53||We also know that with Omicron|
|00:57||vaccination protects, and also literally benefits us,|
|01:01||with impressive numbers, and I find|
|01:05||vaccination is always the bridge to leave this lockdown.|
|01:09||And this is also the offer of society to do so. The challenge will be|
|01:13||to conduct the dialogue in such a way that it does not|
|01:17||come across as “know-it-all”, that compulsory vaccination|
|01:21||is understood as a clear signal that for all of us|
|01:25||it is about the common freedom that must be preserved, and in this context|
|01:29||in my opinion compulsory vaccination is an essential|
|01:32||factor in being able to achieve this together.