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Which Austrian states are vaccinating fastest against coronavirus?

How many people have been vaccinated in Austria - and which state is the fastest?

Which Austrian states are vaccinating fastest against coronavirus?
A woman getting vaccinated in Vienna, Austria. Photo: Hans PUNZ / POOL / AFP

Austria’s ‘Coronavirus Vaccination Dashboard’ provides live updates on the vaccination situation, including round ups of each state.

The map, launched on Tuesday, January 12th, breaks down how many vaccinations have been carried out in each Austrian state along with a percentage of the population who have been vaccinated in each state. 

The interactive map also provides overall figures of how many people have been vaccinated in Austria as a whole. 

READ MORE: Will Austria really be able to vaccinate one million people by Easter?

As at March 14th, the Dashboard’s live forecast shows that just over 1,026,200 people have been vaccinated across the country. 

In total, 753,824 people have received a first dose – while 272,420 people have been vaccinated completely. 

Image courtesy Austrian Health Ministry. 

This means that 10.01 percent of the ‘vaccinable population’ have had one shot – and 3.62 percent of the population have received both doses. 

On average, a person is vaccinated every 2.9 seconds in Austria, up from 5.1 seconds in February. 

Image courtesy Austrian Health Ministry. 

A link to the updated figures and map is available here

Which Austrian state is vaccinating fastest against coronavirus? 

As at March 14th, Tyrol is leading the way, with 11.65 percent of the population vaccinated. 

As reported by The Local on March 3rd, the EU sent extra vaccine doses to Tyrol in order to help curb the outbreak of the British mutation. 

Vorarlberg has vaccinated 9.72 percent of the population, followed by Burgenland with 9.42 percent. 

The slowest state on a per capita basis is Vienna, where 7.5 percent of the population have been vaccinated. 

The following map shows the percentage of people vaccinated in each of Austria’s nine states.

Which vaccines have been approved? 

The map also provides live updates on which vaccines have been approved – and how many from each manufacturer have already been delivered across the country. 

As at March 15th, almost a million Biontech/Pfizer doses have been delivered, along with 122,400 Moderna doses. 

In total, 369,600 AstraZeneca doses have been delivered. 

Vaccines from Sanofi, Janssen and CureVac are listed as not yet approved. 

Image courtesy Austrian Health Ministry. 

NOTE: Article updated as at March 14th, 2021. More up-to-date figures can be found here. 

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Austria in shock over doctor’s suicide following anti-vax abuse

Austrians expressed shock and anger this week over the suicide of doctor who had been the target of a torrent of abuse and threats from anti-vaccination protesters.

Austria in shock over doctor's suicide following anti-vax abuse

The bells of Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral rang out in memory of Lisa-Maria Kellermayr on Monday, and hundreds of people held a candle vigil outside, after the 36-year-old doctor was found dead at her practice on July 29.

She had long been the target of death threats because of her criticism of the widespread anti-lockdown protests of 2021.

An autopsy later confirmed that Kellermayr had taken her own life.

Austria has found itself deeply polarised over coronavirus restrictions and in particular a government policy –subsequently dropped — of making vaccination against the coronavirus compulsory.

Kellermayr — whose practice was in the region of Upper Austria where immunisation rates are particularly low — had frequently complained of the menace.

“For more than seven months, we have been receiving… death threats from those opposed to coronavirus measures and vaccinations,” she wrote at the time, sharing a message from one internet user who said they would pose as a patient in order to attack her and her staff.

She described how she had “invested more than 100,000 euros” ($102,000) in measures to ensure her patients’ safety and was on the brink of bankruptcy.

Then, at the end of June, Kellermayr announced on her professional website that she would not be seeing patients until further notice.

Daniel Landau, who organised a memorial vigil for her in Vienna, said that Kellermayr had become a virtual recluse for several weeks. “She didn’t dare to leave” her office, Landau told AFP.

Fanning the aggression

On Saturday, the head of Austria’s doctors’ association, Johannes Steinhart, said that while aggressive behaviour towards medical staff was not new, it had been “fired up and noticeably aggravated” by the debate over Covid-19 and vaccines.

The police, who had previously suggested Kellermayr was exploiting the situation for attention, insist they did everything to protect her. The local prosecutor’s office also rejected suggestions it could have done more.

“As soon as we received the police report (identifying one of the suspects), we sent it over to the relevant authorities in Germany,” spokesman Christoph Weber said.

On Friday, prosecutors in the neighbouring German state of Bavaria said a 59-year-old suspect was being investigated by a specialist hate speech unit.

At the beginning of the week, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen visited the small town of Seewalchen where Kellermayr lived to lay flowers in her memory.

After news of her death broke, he had appealed to Austrians to “put an end to intimidation and fear”.

‘They’re gagging us’

But on some Telegram groups, the hateful messages continue.

“Some people are celebrating her death; others believe the vaccine killed her,” said Ingrid Brodnig, a journalist and author who investigates online disinformation.

“Stricts laws exist” already against online hate, but not enough is done to implement them, Brodnig said.

One government minister has floated the idea of a separate prosecutor’s office to target such cases. Doctors and researchers have also been targeted elsewhere.

French infectious disease specialist, Karine Lacombe, described how she had been vilified for her work as part of a collective of doctors combatting coronavirus-related disinformation.

She, too, complained that the response from the authorities in the face of threats was not robust enough, and has scaled down her public appearances this year.

“You end up thinking that the risk isn’t worth it,” she told AFP. “In that sense (the aggressors) have won, they are gagging us,” she said.

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