New details on Austria’s vaccination strategy announced

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On Sunday, 27. December 2020 marked the start of Corona vaccinations in Austria. Three retirees (83 to 93 years old) with pre-existing conditions who volunteered made the start. The fourth and fifth to be vaccinated were the head of the Covid ward at Vienna General Hospital and the head nurse at the retirement home in Maria Enzersdorf, Lower Austria.

9,750 doses of the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine were received by Austria at the outset. In addition to Vienna, the symbolic first vaccinations were also carried out in all other federal provinces with the exception of Carinthia. The southernmost province will start on January 5.

The vaccination plan in Austria includes three phases.

The first to be vaccinated are retirement and nursing homes (residents and staff) and health care professionals in January and February. This will be followed by high-risk patients. Here, the definition of risk groups that had already applied to service exemptions would apply. From April, the vaccine should be available to the general population.

The Corona vaccination is free of charge for all interested parties.

On January 12, nursing and retirement homes throughout Austria will receive the vaccination opportunity. Health Minister Rudolf Anschober expects that there will be further vaccination approvals in the coming months.

Clemens Martin Auer, special representative from the Ministry of Health, explained that two billion doses will be available in the European Union. So there should be no shortages. The only question now, he said, is how the vaccination will be distributed in the first few months. Auer assumes that Moderna will receive approval in January.

It is likely that all seven vaccines will be approved, and European manufacturers have been chosen for the producers. The company wanted to avoid “experimental vaccines from Asia or Russia.

Maria Paulke-Korinek, head of the vaccination department at the Ministry of Health and member of the National Vaccination Panel, explained the effect of the vaccine. She said the MRNA vaccine gives the body a building initiation for the spike protein. As a result, antibodies are produced.

Vaccine side effects are a good sign, according to Paulke-Korinek. This shows that the body is dealing with the vaccination. For example, redness or swelling can occur at the vaccination site, but these disappear after a few days. Fatigue or a slight fever are also possible.

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