These countries slap the unvaccinated with fines and bans

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In the fight against the coronavirus, the unvaccinated are increasingly targeted.

Germany and Israel are moving closer to the obligation to be vaccinated against Covid-19, Greece is introducing fines and Spain is banning certain unvaccinated travelers.

Despite protests, making life more difficult for those who do not want to be vaccinated is a tactic increasingly favored by governments, frightened by the spread of the omicron variant.

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


Greek fines

The government makes vaccines compulsory for all Greeks over 60.

Starting next month, refuseniks will pay a fine of 100 euros ($ 113) every month they don’t get a vaccine, with the funds going to hospital wards.

In Greece, only 60,000 of 580,000 unvaccinated people over the age of 60 received the vaccine in November.

Containment of Austria

The country with one of the lowest inoculation rates in Western Europe will remain stranded until mid-December.

Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg has promised to then lift restrictions for people vaccinated or recently recovered from the virus.

A lockdown for the unvaccinated will likely persist, although they can still work with a negative test. Authorities are also working on plans to impose mandatory vaccinations from February, with fines of up to 7,200 euros ($ 8,151).

The bars of Finland

Finnish bars and restaurants refusing to use Covid certificates will no longer serve alcohol after 5:00 p.m. in the government’s latest attempt.

Health officials in the northern town of Kajaani donated a thousand plastic buckets to entice people to get vaccinated, playing a joke that Finns would line up for anything for a free bucket.

The ban on travel to Spain

Spain has effectively banned travelers from the UK who are not fully vaccinated. From December 1, it will only accept proof of vaccination for adult entry.

The UK government’s notice also states that a Covid recovery certificate is also not accepted by Spanish authorities.

Hungarian repression

The Budapest government allows employers to make vaccinations mandatory for staff in order to get people to get vaccinated. Anyone who does not can be placed on unpaid leave.

Slovakia money

Slovak Finance Minister Igor Matovic wants to offer vouchers worth 500 euros to all people over 60 who get vaccinated, including those who have already been vaccinated.

The vouchers, which could be used in restaurants and hotels, are being challenged by some government forces, but Matovic is hoping to pass them with the support of some opposition lawmakers in parliament.

Singapore medical bills

In Singapore, those who choose not to receive their vaccine will now have to pay their own medical bills if they contract Covid.

Patients who receive treatment and stay in intensive care units could have to pay around S $ 25,000 ($ 18,460), according to a median estimate released by the Department of Health.

Lithuanian certificates

Many countries in Europe require vaccination certificates to enter bars and restaurants, but Lithuania has gone further.

Citizens over 16 must provide Covid Immunity Certificates to enter any restaurant or cafe, shopping mall, movie theater, beauty salon, or other indoor public place or event.

The rule will be further strengthened from the end of December and will apply to all over 12 years old.

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

American Mandate

The administration of US President Joe Biden has issued an emergency rule forcing large private employers to require vaccination or regular testing.

The Labor Department said the mandate would apply to companies with 100 or more employees and set a deadline of Jan.4. Failure to comply can result in fines of up to $ 136,000.

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

Ukrainian teachers

In Ukraine, teachers and civil servants who are not fully immunized have been sent on unpaid leave.

Restaurants, shopping malls and fitness centers are only allowed to operate if 100% of their staff have been vaccinated. Public transport across the country is only available for people who have been vaccinated.


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