According to Swiss news outlet Blick, the Austrian government is looking to hire people to “hunt down vaccine refusers”.
Since fines must be enforced for unvaccinated Austrians, “inspectors” will be hired to ensure that everything goes accordingly.
The city of Linz, which has a population of 200,000, has a vaccination rate of 63 percent. To combat this, “Linz now wants to hire people who are supposed to hunt down vaccine refusers,” says Blick.
The inspectors will be tasked with checking on “whether those who do not get vaccinated really pay for it”.
Inspectors will receive a wage of 2774 euros paid 14 times a year. Their annual income will total 38,836 euros.
According to Blick, “The job includes, among other things, the creation of penal orders as well as the processing of appeals”. Workers will need to be “resilient” and willing to work overtime.
The job is only open to Austrian citizens and they must be fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19.
Austrians who are unvaccinated currently face fines and potential jail time. Those who don’t get vaccinated by February face fines of up to €7,200 ($8,000).
If one refuses to pay their fines, they face a 12-month jail sentence. According to New York Daily News, “Unvaccinated people will be contacted by authorities every three months with reminders to either get vaccinated or get a doctor to re-certify their exemption status ahead of the next deadline”.