The first large-scale vaccination campaign against the coronavirus will start in Vienna tomorrow (Friday), with some 11,000 people from the medical and healthcare sectors expected to receive their first dose over four days at the Messe Wien exhibition center. Most of the available dates are already booked up, according to the office of Health City Councillor Peter Hacker (SPÖ).
The majority of the vaccines are reserved for physicians in private practice and their staff. 8,500 doses are available to them. “These appointments were taken within 24 hours,” reported a Hacker spokesman.
1,500 immunizations are being given to mobile care workers, and another 1,000 are going to rescue workers. Here one is with the appointment assignment in the finalization. A comparatively small contingent is available to midwives: The 41 doses have already been exhausted.
From Monday, everyone can make an appointment
The administration takes place from Friday on altogether 14 inoculation lanes in the “Messe Wien” up to inclusive Monday. From this day on, all Viennese who want to have an immunization against the coronavirus can register via an online platform (https://impfservice.wien/). However, this is only a preregistration. The actual appointment can only be made when the vaccine is available for the respective interested person.
According to the current status, Vienna aims to have vaccinated around 130,000 people by the end of the first quarter. These calculations are based solely on the now firmly committed capacities of the vaccine from Biontech/Pfizer, for which two vaccines doses are required. In addition to the above-mentioned target groups, absolute priority is given to hospital staff and employees and residents of senior citizens’ and nursing homes. In both cases, the vaccination campaign has already started at the end of 2020, with the arrival of the first shipment.
People over the age of 80 who live at home are scheduled to get their turn from around mid-February. If the first quotas of other approved vaccines – from Moderna or AstraZeneca, for example – can be scheduled in the coming days and weeks, this could also happen more quickly. However, the city does not expect mass vaccinations for the entire population before the second quarter.
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