People have a duty to get vaccinated, Archbishop of Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schönborn told journalists in a TV interview on Austrian state television.
The Austrian government plans to introduce countrywide mandatory vaccination in February.
“Vaccination is without doubt a matter of Christian love of one’s neighbour. There is no such thing as freedom without responsibility or obligations. And, especially during a pandemic, the duty to protect one’s neighbour is the condition for living together in freedom,” Schönborn said.
The Church’s response was the response that philosophy had always given: “Freedom is something unbelievably precious. It is only limited by one thing – namely the freedom of others. We must above all protect others,” the cardinal said.