UPDATE: COVID 19 Vaccination in Austria

“About 6,000” people in Austria have been administered the Biontech Pfizer since the end of the previous week, the Social Ministry said Wednesday. The first 9,750 doses of the vaccine had been divided equally among the provinces. By the end of this week, an additional 53,000 doses of vaccine are to be distributed, and in the first week of January, the next delivery is expected in the amount of 63,000 doses of vaccine. They “will be distributed to the provinces according to the population key,” the Ministry of Social Affairs. They are to be vaccinated in 50 retirement and nursing homes as well as health care facilities throughout the country. This has been reported by orf.at.

Starting January 2021, 63,000 doses of the Biontech-Pfizer vaccine will be delivered to Austria each week. This is to be supplied to all nursing homes and care homes as well as Covid 19 wards in hospitals from January 5. Orders will be placed through the Federal Procurement Agency’s e-shop. Large-scale vaccinations in nursing homes and the wards will start on Jan. 12, according to the ministry. About 125,000 people live in these facilities in this country, plus about 150,000 health care workers.

orf.at further reported that the vaccinations in Salzburg will not continue until January 12. The reason is logistical hurdles. On Sunday, 96 people had been vaccinated against the coronavirus in a retirement home in the city of Salzburg. Two days later, 3,900 doses of the Biontech-Pfizer vaccine arrived in the state. However, they will not be used for about two weeks.

The situation is different in Upper Austria, where vaccinations in nursing homes will continue in the first week of January. In addition to the district old people’s and nursing home in Sierning, where the first vaccinations in the province were administered on Sunday, residents and employees of the homes in Bad Kreuzen, Wolfern, Maria Schmolln and Pichling will also receive their turn.

Ministry works on vaccination statistics
How many people in the individual provinces have already been vaccinated since Sunday is currently unknown. Austria-wide, according to the Ministry of Social Affairs, there were “about 6,000”, a more precise breakdown is not available. The ministry justified this to the APA with the fact that the appropriate quality of the data is not secured at the moment. More precise values should be available from January 12, when a “vaccination network” is established in Austria, it said. Until then, the ministry will provide information on its website about the progress of the vaccination campaign.

In Germany, on the other hand, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) already publishes daily updated vaccination data at the state level. According to the RKI, as of Dec. 29, 41,962 vaccinations had been administered. Meanwhile, according to Germany’s Health Minister Jens Spahn, the figure is over 60,000.

  • with reports from orf.at and APA/picture: screenshot, facebook.com/sebastiankurz

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