Europe’s COVID crisis pits vaccinated against unvaccinated

With infections spiking again despite nearly two years of restrictions, il Salute crisis increasingly is pitting citizen against citizen — the vaccinated against the unvaccinated.

Governments desperate to shield overburdened healthcare systems are imposing rules that limit choices for the unvaccinated in the hope that doing so will drive up rates of vaccinazioni.

Austria on Friday went a step further, making vaccinations mandatory as of Feb. 1.

FILE - A pedestrian wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus, walks in front of a mural, at a metro station in Athens, Grecia, Lunedi, Nov. 15, 2021. This was supposed to be the Christmas in Europe where family and friends could once again embrace holiday festivities and one another. Anziché, the continent is the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic as cases soar to record levels in many countries. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

FILE – A pedestrian wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus, walks in front of a mural, at a metro station in Athens, Grecia, Lunedi, Nov. 15, 2021. This was supposed to be the Christmas in Europe where family and friends could once again embrace holiday festivities and one another. Anziché, the continent is the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic as cases soar to record levels in many countries. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

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