Over five million initial vaccinations

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More than five million Austrians – exactly 5,005,125 or 56 percent of the population – had received at least one partial coronavirus vaccination by midnight yesterday, according to E-vaccination passport data. This means that the target of five million vaccinated by the end of June was missed by nine days.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) had assured at the beginning of April that all those willing to be vaccinated would receive their first shot by the end of June, but the target was revised downward at the beginning of June.

Yesterday, 83,139 immunizations were added. 3,662,891 or 41 percent of people received both partial vaccinations, a critical figure given the much more contagious delta variant. Only full immunization provides sufficient protection against the delta variant.

Mückstein: “Unbelievable achievement”.
Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein (Greens) was pleased despite the missed target: “This is an incredible achievement and shows what we can achieve together in the fight against the pandemic.” He, too, pointed to the importance of full immunization.

Kurz urges personal responsibility
In connection with the pandemic, Chancellor Kurz now wants to focus more on the individual responsibility of the population. “The state has intervened massively in the lives of every individual over the past year and a half, it must now return to its core tasks,” he said in an interview with the Bundesländer-Zeitungen (Saturday editions).

“The crisis is redimensioning. It is changing from an acute challenge for society as a whole to an individual medical problem” that affects everyone who is not vaccinated, Kurz said. The pandemic is now left to individual risk and rational management.

  • source: ORF.at/agencies/picture: pixabay.com
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