Vaccination uptake levels in Austria are among the worst in western Europe. Roughly 64% of Austria’s population is fully vaccinated and those who are unjabbed are now banned from visiting cafes, restaurants and hairdressers.
Fun Palast is hoping to increase vaccination rates, as well as client numbers which have dropped because of the pandemic, according to Mail Online.
In exchange for a jab, visitors get a free 30-minute session in a “sauna club” with the “lady of their choice”.
The brothel is encouraging men and women to visit for vaccinations this month.
“Due to the pandemic, we have registered a 50% decrease [in clients], with this initiative we hope that the number of customers will rise again,” Mail Online quotes the Fun Palast as saying.
A man named Gerhard who visited the brothel said: “I would have gotten vaccinated anyway but the 2G rule has certainly accelerated things a little.
“And since an acquaintance of mine organised this action I thought ‘Lets go for it’.
“I think this is perfectly ok because we can achieve a better immunisation rate this way and that’s necessary to end the pandemic at some point.”
Peter Laskaris, manager of Fun Palast, told Reuters: “Basically, I was looking at the statistics and I read that we need like 70/75% for us to reach herd immunity, but we’re currently only at 63%.
“And then I noticed in the statistics that very many men, very many men with a migration background, virtually refuse vaccination or don’t even know that you can be vaccinated.
“And since we are actually reaching this target group, we decided to set up a vaccination [clinic] here.”
One of the women who works at Fun Palast, who gave her name as Mina, said: “Well, I think it’s a very good idea to have a vaccination street in the Fun Palast, because the name fun palace suggest to have a bit of fun here and return back to normality a bit more.