The president of the Tyrolean Medical Chamber, Artur Wechselberger, has called on the federal government to use all available vaccines that are effective against the mutated virus in Tyrol. He lamented a lack of support from the federal government. He saw it as a challenge for the federal government to develop a strategy on how to deal with the Austrian vaccination concept when mutations call the effectiveness of vaccines into question.
After all, the situation could repeat itself at any time in another province and with one of the other vaccines. Even if people accept the offer to be vaccinated with AstraZeneca, that does not absolve the government of its responsibility to provide Tyrol with the vaccine best adapted to the situation, he said.
“A slightly lower level of vaccination protection is better than none,” Wechselberger said of the AstraZeneca vaccine, however. Christian Hilkenmeier, vaccination officer for the Tyrolean Medical Association, also emphasized that the AstraZeneca vaccine is “significant” despite an attenuated efficacy against the South Africa mutation.
“A vaccination intervention, now in Tyrol, to combat the South African variant that may be spreading there, is completely wrong,” Herwig Kollaritsch of the national vaccination committee said Friday on the sidelines of a press conference held by the expert initiative “Austria Vaccinates” in Vienna. “Until the vaccination would actually take effect, a period of six to eight weeks passes,” the physician stressed.
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