Unvaccinated Austrians could be facing targeted discrimination as early as next week, according to reports about the government’s planned lockdown.
According to BNO News, the Austrian movement will encourage the vaccine-hesitant by putting them under a lockdown specifically for the unvaccinated, due to an increase in COVID-19 cases being reported nationwide.
Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced the upcoming lockdown on Friday, saying at a press conference that he expects the measure to be approved on Sunday.
According to BNO’s report of the chancellor’s comments, there will be “random checks” to ensure that citizens are complying with the new restrictions. There was no specification as to what those “checks” might entail.
“A lockdown for the unvaccinated means one cannot leave one’s home unless one is going to work, shopping (for essentials), stretching one’s legs – exactly what we all had to suffer through in 2020,” Schallenberg said earlier, according to Reuters.
The publication reported that Austria has the lowest vaccination rate of any Western European country apart from tiny Liechtenstein with about 65 percent of the population having been fully vaccinated against coronavirus.
That statistic means more than 30 percent of the population will be impacted by the lockdown that is likely meant to encourage citizens to receive the vaccination.
BNO News reported that questions have been raised about how the lockdown can reasonably be implemented that only impacts a portion of the population in what amounts to a discriminatory policy.
“We don’t live in a police state and we can’t and don’t want to check every street corner,” Schallenberg said.