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Coronavirus: Austria live streams first vaccinations

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Coronavirus: Austria live streams first vaccinations
A nurse prepares the coronavirus vaccine at the Medical University of Vienna on Sunday, December 27th. Photo: ALEX HALADA / AFP

An 84-year-old woman has become the first person to be vaccinated in Austria, with the procedure broadcast online on Sunday.

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The woman, Theresia Hofer from Marchfeld, received the vaccine at the Medical University of Vienna (Medizinische Universität Wien) on Sunday. 

She received the vaccine along with four others - including the head of the Covid ward at Vienna General Hospital, Dr. Bernhard Rössler and Bernadette Kralik, the senior nurse of the old people's home in Maria Enzersdorf in Lower Austria. 

After the five were vaccinated, several other volunteers also received the vaccine. 

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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) and Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (Greens) were also present when the vaccinations took place. 

Hofer told Kronen Zeitung she had “no hesitations” taking the vaccine and did so because she wanted to see her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren again. 

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In total, 9,750 doses of the vaccine - that manufactured from Biontech / Pfizer - arrived in Vienna on Saturday, with the delivery taking place under police guard. 

Kurz said that around 975 doses will be made available in each federal state, with the vaccines distributed by armed military vehicles. 

 

 

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