In view of the pandemic development, all attention is currently focused on the implementation of a vaccination strategy. Recently, there had been criticism from several sides that the approach was too slow. The federal and state governments have now further coordinated their strategy, which has been in the planning stage since November. The principle of decentralized organization was confirmed: The states are responsible for inoculation on the spot. But the real challenge lies elsewhere.
According to the Ministry of Health, vaccines were delivered to 30,150 people across Austria yesterday. These have already been vaccinated in nursing and old people’s homes as well as in Covid-19 wards – for example in the hospital Favoriten – or will be vaccinated this weekend. Another 64,525 vaccine doses are scheduled for delivery next week, the ministry said.
Most vaccinations have taken place so far in Lower Austria, where 9,505 people have received their vaccine. In Vienna, 6,035 doses have been delivered, in Vorarlberg 5,525, in Styria 2,815 and in Salzburg 2,765. In Carinthia, 1,510 people have so far been allocated Biontech-Pfizer vaccine doses, in Tyrol 815, in Upper Austria 805 and in Burgenland 375.
126,000 doses expected by the end of the week
By yesterday, 86,780 vaccine doses had been ordered from Bundesbeschaffung GmbH (BBG) for immediate use. Lower Austria and Upper Austria ordered 16,860 each, Styria 12,935 and Vienna 10,775. Vorarlberg reported a need for 8,490 doses, Salzburg 6,285, Tyrol – without East Tyrol – 6,115, Carinthia with East Tyrol 5,800. The Burgenland finds for the time being with 2,840 doses the sufficiency.
The Ministry of Health had announced last Tuesday that around 126,000 Biontech-Pfizer doses would have arrived in Austria by the end of the week. This means that by the weekend, slightly less than a quarter of this quantity would have been vaccinated.
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