Austria to impose Covid lockdown for the unvaccinated age 12 and older

Effective immediately, the measure is meant to stop spread of infectious diseases like measles and whooping cough

Austria to impose Covid lockdown for the unvaccinated age 12 and older

Austria’s education ministry has implemented a nationwide vaccinate-before-you-go policy, setting a mandatory age 12 for people aged over 12 to visit any school in the country.

The policy, effective immediately, is meant to stop the spread of infectious diseases like measles and whooping cough that mainly affect undervaccinated children.

The ministry said all schools should implement the policy by the end of summer, and parents should arrange with the schools to vaccinate their children or let them stay at home for a period of up to 20 days.

At a special summit in Vienna on Friday, cabinet ministers agreed the directive should be extended to kindergartens and daycare centers.

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Health officials recommend everyone over six months of age receive two doses of the diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP) vaccine. They also say a dose before the first day of school is important for preventing the four most dangerous stages of whooping cough.

Measles causes a rash, fever and painful inflammation of the throat. Early signs of whooping cough include a prominent, high-pitched whooping sound and a fever and says a cough lasting six weeks or more is frequently mistaken for asthma.

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