Friday, January 21, 2022

Austria Introduces COVID-19 Vaccination Lottery, Winners Get €500 In Vouchers

The Austrian government announced a new vaccination stimulus package – including a lottery and financial rewards – in a bid to boost the national vaccination rate, The Local reported. The announcement was made at a press conference in Vienna with Federal Chancellor Karl Nehammer (ÖVP), Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler (Greens) and SPÖ leader Pamela Rendi-Wagner ahead of the vote on the mandatory vaccination law (Impfpflicht) in the National Council on Thursday.

“What is there to win in the vaccination lottery? Vouchers!” Chancellor Karl Nehammer told a news conference with the leader of the opposition Social Democrats, Pamela Rendi-Wagner, with whom the measure was negotiated, Reuters reported.

The Chancellor said he wanted there to be a financial reward for those who get vaccinated.