Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, vaccination in supermarkets

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The fourth wave is just piling up in Austria. And it’s rolling in earlier than last year, as complexity researcher Peter Klimek noted a few days ago. The number of new infections is rising sharply, also in hospitals more patients have to be treated against Covid-19 again. The trend is upward.

As epidemiologist Gerald Gartlehner notes, along with other experts, the fourth wave will be one of the unvaccinated. The solution: get more people to vaccinate. But therein lies the main problem. Fewer and fewer people are motivated to free up their upper arms for Corona vaccination.

While a 70 percent vaccination coverage rate was long considered the goal to ensure herd immunity, the delta variation has moved the figure toward 80 percent. Currently, just over 57 percent of Austrians have full vaccination coverage.

The federal government and the provinces are therefore trying to entice people with creative vaccination offers that are as low-threshold as possible, bringing vaccination to the people – via vaccination bus, vaccination boat or via vaccinations that no longer require registration and where you can freely choose the vaccine. Also possible: vaccination in the shopping center, in St. Stephen’s Cathedral, at a rock concert, in a pub.

Now the city of Vienna is offering another option: Vaccination in the supermarket. In cooperation with the Rewe Group, vaccination offers are now being made in front of supermarkets and at supermarket checkouts of Billa, Billa Plus and Penny. Offers are planned for the beginning in three districts.

The campaign kicks off tomorrow, August 25, at 9:00 a.m. in the Billa Plus entrance area in Millennium City.

Vorarlberg vaccinates in shopping malls
The state of Vorarlberg is also using a new approach to increase Corona vaccination rates. Starting in September, vaccination will take place in the state’s three largest shopping centers. In addition, businesses with ten or more willing to vaccinate can request a mobile vaccination team free of charge, informed Governor Markus Wallner (ÖVP) on Tuesday. “We are doing everything we can to prevent another lockdown,” the governor appealed to the solidarity of the population: “We are fighting for every stitch.”

  • source: kurier.at/picture: pixabay.com
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