Austria’s Constitutional Court issued 10 sets of questions to the Health Ministry on 26 January in order to prepare for a “possible oral hearing” into a number of complaints it has received against Austria’s Covid-19 measures. The main focus of the questions being on the burden on the health system, to which the measures were linked. The Health Ministry has until 18 February to respond.
In order to justify his Government’s heavy-handed rules, the court has asked Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein to provide data across a broad range of topics including hospitalisations and deaths “with” as opposed to “from” Covid-19, the efficacy of masks and vaccines, and evidence supporting the “lockdown for the unvaccinated,” the Australian Daily Telegraph wrote.
On 15 November 2021, Austria threw around two million unvaccinated people into lockdown. The move prohibited the “unvaccinated” or vaccine-free older than age 12 from leaving their homes except for basic activities such as working, grocery shopping, going for a walk — or getting “vaccinated.”
“Authorities are concerned that hospital staff will no longer be able to handle the growing influx of Covid-19 patients,” the Evening Standard noted as the justification when the discriminatory restrictions were announced.
“The ‘lockdown for the unvaccinated’ is likely to be based, among other things, on the consideration that persons without Covid vaccination have a higher risk of hospitalisation than vaccinated persons, which is likely to entail a higher risk for the healthcare system,” the Austrian Constitutional Court wrote in their request for information on 26 January 2022.
“What is the effect of the ‘lockdown for the unvaccinated’ on the hospital burden, expressed in percentages?” the court asked.
Two days after the request for information letter was sent, Austria lifted the ‘lockdown of the unvaccinated’.