On April 26, 2021 in Vienna, Austria, a doctor vaccinates a person with a dose of Pfizer-Bioentech COVID-19 vaccine. REUTERS / Lisi Niesner

Austria’s conservative government said on Thursday it was launching a national lottery to encourage holdouts to be vaccinated against coronavirus, hours before parliament passed legislation to issue a national vaccination order.

About 72% of the Austrian population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, one of the lowest rates in Western Europe. “What’s to catch in a vaccine fleet?” Vouchers! “

This was stated by Federal Chancellor Carl Nehammer at a press conference with Social Democratic Opposition Leader Pamela Randy Wagner, with whom the move was being negotiated.

Nehammer said he wanted a financial reward for vaccination, adding: “We have learned from the past and we have seen that the vaccination lottery is the best possible way to organize such a system.”

Members of the public, whether already vaccinated or not, will be entitled to one ticket for each shot they take – a total of three who have taken their booster shot.

Each 10th ticket will win a gift voucher of 500 euros ($ 568), Nehammer said, which will cost up to 1 billion euros. He later added on Twitter that the voucher could be used in “retail, tourism, hospitality, services, culture and sports”.

Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler said his aim was to support Austrian businesses and avoid online retailers as much as possible.

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