Chancellor Kurz: majority of all nursing homes vaccinated in two weeks

The majority of all old people’s and nursing homes will be vaccinated against the coronavirus within two weeks. In Lower Austria and Carinthia, this goal could already be achieved by the end of this week, said Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP). In a statement to APA, he expressed his delight that the accelerated vaccination strategy was working – and that the goal of coronavirus protection for the homes could thus be achieved much sooner than expected.

About two-thirds of nursing home residents are currently being vaccinated in the first wave, Kurz reported, citing feedback from the states and nursing homes. Currently, about 10,000 vaccinations are administered per day, he said. Every resident of a nursing home can be vaccinated voluntarily.

According to current estimates, the majority of all homes will have been vaccinated within the next 14 days. “This is an important milestone in protecting the elderly and vulnerable groups. The sooner we vaccinate these groups, the sooner we avoid overloading hospitals and intensive care units,” Kurz said. Immunizing nursing home residents and staff is currently the top priority, he said.

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