In Austria, and in the entire EU, medical history is being made today. Although Germany, Hungary and Slovakia already went ahead on Saturday, the EU-wide vaccinations against the novel coronavirus will now officially begin. The five Austrian seniors had volunteered to take part in the vaccination at MedUni’s special outpatient clinic for high-risk patients. They all have pre-existing conditions and were vaccinated in the presence of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) and Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (Grüne) .
The first of these took place at MedUni Vienna, where three women and two men over the age of 80 were being vaccinated. The first injections had been administered by Ursula Wiedermann-Schmidt, President of the Austrian Society for Vaccinology and Chair of the Austrian Vaccination Commission, and in the presence of Thomas Szekeres, President of the Austrian Medical Association. The five senior citizens had volunteered to take part in the vaccination at MedUni’s special outpatient clinic for high-risk patients. They all have pre-existing conditions.
Wiedermann-Schmidt administered the very first injection to a pensioner. “Did it hurt?” the doctor inquired. The 84-year-old Mrs. Hofer, who had previously said she wanted to see her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren again “without hesitation,” survived the historic moment just as stoically and calmly as the following subject. In the next few days, reddening could occur at the injection site, the physician explained to her, and still emphasized: “You can call me at any time.” According to the manufacturer, a certain protective effect should already be present seven days after the first partial vaccination.
The next stop will then be the clinic Favoriten at noon. Except for Carinthia, the first interested people from the group of risk patients and the health sector should already get their turn on Sunday in all federal states.
- Source: krone.at. picture: screenshot, orf.at
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