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Austria’s Dangerous Assault on Personal Freedom

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In recent days it has been announced that, next year, Austria will become the first country in the world to make COVID vaccinations mandatory across its entire population, and it is reported that Germany may be about to follow suit.

I am a big supporter of vaccinations, and I have been double-vaccinated against COVID after suffering from the disease myself. I will also admit that the ending of lockdown was traumatic for me, and as a result of it I have a mild form of agoraphobia. So it may come as a surprise to some people to hear that, whilst I believe it would be ideal if entire populations protected themselves and others by being vaccinated, my natural libertarian instincts lead me to consider mandatory vaccinations a dangerous and authoritarian step. I think it is a move that could set worrying precedents for the future, and one that could cause far more societal issues than it solves.

In the United Kingdom, our children are customarily given a whole host of vaccines from an early age. These are automatically administered unless parents opt out – and few do. There are similar situations across Europe. For example, in France, whooping cough, influenza and meningitis jabs are given to children before they attend school –........

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