Vienna surged ahead and was so overrun that vaccination facilities had to be expanded again: Corona summer wave there, vacation travel craze increased interest in Corona vaccination after all – but only in the booster.
Indeed, across Austria, three-quarters of all vaccinations administered in the past seven days were fourths, albeit at a low level – there were only around 50,400 Covid vaccinations in that period. In Vienna, 12,000 people have already picked up the fourth dose, with the federal capital releasing it to everyone over twelve. In the other federal states, people under the age of 65, for example, can also get the fourth sting, but only if they expressly request it.
But this detour is accepted: In Styria, 15,000 doses have been administered within two weeks, and in Lower Austria, 7,000. There is more and more every day, “acceptance among the population is high,” says Stefan Spielbichler of Notruf NÖ. In the federal state of Salzburg, the number of weekly four-sticks has increased sixfold within a month – from 152 (June 6 to 12) to 907 last week.
Who gets vaccinated
This fits with the temporal development: on June 29, there was the peak of the summer wave, with around 12,500 new infections – activity at the vaccination routes promptly grew after that. For simulation researcher Niki Popper, the increased interest in vaccination comes as no surprise: “This is always the case when there is a wave. It’s factored into our models that way.” Despite the current demand, Popper does not expect “overflowing vaccination activities. We expect that by fall, 50 percent of all people vaccinated three times so far will also get the fourth sting.”
Carinthia reports about 1,300 fourth pricks last week, almost half of all Corona vaccinations administered during the period. The percentage is similar in Upper Austria, where it is noticeable that “demand tends to be somewhat higher in urban areas,” according to the state government. In Vorarlberg, 600 to 700 people get the fourth dose a week, mainly the elderly or people with pre-existing conditions.
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