Mon Nov 29, 2021 – 8:22 pm EST
According to the outlet, Gerrit Loibl, the vice president of the Lower Austrian Medical Association, suggested that the Austrian government ought to tax unvaccinated Austrians a monthly surcharge of up to €100 for refusing to comply with the diktats of the government.
Loibl explained that his proposed tax, which could range from €90 to €100 (or roughly $90-$113 USD) per month, is based upon Austria’s current tax on tobacco products.
It’s unclear how refusing to take an experimental injection with limited safety data that may cause injury or death and choosing to use tobacco products are alike.
The suggestion to financially penalize unvaccinated citizens comes after the Austrian government announced November 19 that it would require all citizens to be vaccinated against COVID-19 beginning February 2022, becoming the first western nation to make the shots compulsory for all citizens.