Second round of vaccinations has begun in Vienna

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The second round of the coronavirus vaccination campaign began in Vienna on Wednesday. Another 15 facilities will be supplied by January 12. A total of about 5,000 doses are to be handed out.

The vaccines will be administered mainly in senior or nursing facilities, as well as in covid wards in hospitals. In “Wien heute, Heinz Stieb head of the pandemic board at the city’s retirement homes said that 60 to 80 percent of residents and 50 to 70 percent of employees are currently interested in vaccination.

After the second round is completed, Vienna plans to apply it to a broader group of people starting January 12. For example, certain occupational groups, such as paramedics, will be targeted. Elderly Viennese who do not live in a care facility are also to be vaccinated.

Vienna plans to set up a platform for vaccination
Subsequently, all city residents will gradually be given the opportunity to be vaccinated. For this purpose, there is to be a special pre-registration platform as of January 18. Anyone who registers there will be recorded in the system. As soon as there is clarity about the further procedure, the preregistered persons will receive appointment proposals.

Around 2,000 portions of the vaccine have already been administered in Vienna. The first people were vaccinated on Dec. 27, as in other provinces.

63,000 vaccine doses per week
Austria is currently receiving 63,000 vaccine doses per calendar week to protect against infection with the coronavirus. By the end of this week, a total of about 126,000 doses of vaccine will have arrived. As of Tuesday, 8,360 doses had been delivered.

Of the 8,360 doses, Vienna has received 2,800. Lower Austria has received 2,690, Salzburg 890, Vorarlberg 525 and Tyrol 485. Upper Austria received 460, Carinthia 300, Burgenland 170 and Styria 40.

Until next Tuesday, another 43,000 have been registered. With the so far approximately 6,800 inoculated ones the goal aimed at until Tuesday of coming week is thus to inoculate scarcely 71,000 persons against the Coronavirus. And the 60,000 vaccine doses arriving in the coming calendar week should also be vaccinated quickly, it said.

Recently, there has been criticism from several sides about the delayed start of vaccination in Austria. The main criticism was that there are more vaccine doses in Austria than are being vaccinated. Chief Medical Officer Reich had justified the action on Tuesday with the “logistical challenge” and emphasized that one is “exactly in the plan”.

Increase in Vienna by 443 confirmed cases
In Vienna, a total of 74,646 positive tests are confirmed as of Wednesday. This is an increase of 443 compared to the day before. The number of deaths related to the virus is 1,157. Thus, ten more infected people have died within 24 hours.

On Tuesday, 16,011 coronatests were performed in Vienna, bringing the total number to 1,521,345. 69,921 people have recovered-

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