Officials in Linz, Austria, are hiring new employees to track down the unvaccinated and administer fines of nearly $16,000 a year. The policy is slated to go into effect in February 2022 and will apply to all residents ages 14 and up.
“Like other cities, the City of Linz is looking for additional staff to ensure that the proceedings are dealt within a reasonable time frame,” she said. “The employees are now being sought and trained in advance so that the administrative procedures can be carried out in a timely manner and in accordance with the rule of law.”
Schmidsberger added that the new positions are “not about” hunting unvaccinated people, but “handling administrative penalty proceedings that are prescribed by the legislature.”