Austria looking for “vaccine refuser” hunters

Austria looking for "vaccine refuser" hunters. Credit: Twitter

Austria looking for “vaccine refuser” hunters.

AUSTRIA is looking for “vaccine refuser” hunters, according to local reports. Austrians who refuse to get vaccinated before February 2022 face fines of up to €7,200 for non-compliance, and those who refuse to pay would also face a 12-month jail sentence.

From February 1, 2022, Austria is introducing mandatory vaccinations for everyone who is over the age of 14 and the city of Linz, which is home to 200,000 inhabitants and has a relatively low vaccination rate of 63 per cent, is looking to “hire people to hunt down vaccine refusers,” according to Swiss news outlet Blick.

The role of these “hunters” will be to check on “whether those who do not get vaccinated really pay for it.”

The “vaccine refuser” hunters will receive a wage of 2774 euros, according to local news outlet Heute – which will be paid 14 times a year, making an annual income of 38,863 euros.

“The job includes, among other things, the creation of penal orders as well as the processing of appeals,” according to the report, adding that workers need to be “resilient” and willing to work a lot of overtime.

The job advert also states that it is only open to Austrian citizens, all of whom will either have to be vaccinated against or fully recovered from COVID.

The report noted that on Monday, December 20, almost 1,800 new Covid cases were registered within that 24 hour period, which represented the lowest figure in two months. A number the news outlet speculates is due to the three-week lockdown that ended on December 12.

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