The Ministry of Health is currently developing a Covid 19 vaccination strategy. This was announced by Minister Rudolf Anschober (Greens) in the course of answering a question to the NEOS parliamentary group. A total budget of 200 million euros has been defined for the procurement of “Covid-19 vaccines for 8 million people in Austria”.
In principle, it was determined that all persons living in Austria “can be vaccinated voluntarily”. The goal is to provide a sufficient quantity of vaccine for this number of people – “regardless of whether one or two doses are needed to produce the vaccine”.
Individual target groups are defined
Anschober also made it clear that it is currently unknown which vaccine will be approved when exactly and for which age groups. Furthermore, there would not be enough doses available at the beginning to vaccinate all people in Austria at the same time.
The Ministry will define individual target groups in the vaccination strategy and break down how these can best be reached. If a vaccine was available, the target group definition and a professional vaccination recommendation would be needed. After that, one could also determine who could be vaccinated and when.
Vaccination costs: Public financing
At present not in planning is, the circle of the occupational groups, which accomplish inoculations, to extend so Anschober. Since these will be new vaccines – “probably target-group-specific” – “I see the medical indication as an essential part of the vaccination service”.
It is also the aim to finance the vaccination costs publicly. Healthcare professionals who carry out the vaccination are to receive remuneration. The legislator could stipulate this in the law, or the tariff would be determined between the health insurance providers and the interest group.
Source: ORF.at. Picture: pixabay.com
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