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UPDATED: How to register for the Covid-19 vaccine in your Austrian state

Registration for the coronavirus vaccine is now open to the general public all across Austria. Here's how you can register.

UPDATED: How to register for the Covid-19 vaccine in your Austrian state
Medical staff prepare a coronavirus vaccine in Vienna, Austria. Photo: ALEX HALADA / AFP

Registration for the vaccine is now open in all Austrian states for everyone over the age of 16, regardless of whether you are a member of a risk group or not. 

However, despite registration being open, this does not guarantee priority access to the vaccine.  

Initially, people will be able to register their interest on the platform – and will be contacted at a later date for an appointment. 

Vienna authorities said “the time of the reservation has no influence on the sequence during vaccination”, while Der Standard reports that the policy is the same in other states. 

Here’s how – and when – to register in your Austrian state. 

You should register in the state where you main residence is. 

If you are a member of a risk group, you will need to bring evidence of your medical condition to the appointment. You will also need your e-card. 

Reader question: Do I need my e-card to get vaccinated in Austria?

More information about the Austria-wide vaccination drive can be found here

Vienna

The City of Vienna has launched its vaccine registration platform for risk and non-risk groups. 

Registration is open in Vienna and can be accessed at the following link

Lower Austria and Vorarlberg

Lower Austria and Vorarlberg have also launched their registration system to the general public. 

Registration has been launched for the general public in Lower Austria and Vorarlberg.

Registration has been available in these states since January 18th. 

Upper Austria

Upper Austria is now accepting registrations from all risk and non-risk groups. 

Registration can be carried out at the following link – provided spots are available. 

Carinthia

In Carinthia, they do things a little differently. 

Here, vaccination is organised at municipal level, with registrations handled by the respective municipalities.

However, you still register at state level. Registration can be done at the following platform. 

Salzburg and Tyrol

In Salzburg and Tyrol, registration for coronavirus vaccination for the general public has been available since February 1st. 

It can be done at the following link in Salzburg and in Tyrol

Prior to February 1st, vaccinations have only been carried out among high-risk people in nursing facilities. 

Burgenland

Registrations have been open in Burgenland for the general public since Friday, January 22nd. 

This can be done at the following link

Styria

Styria opened vaccination registration to the general public on February 1st, after doing so one week earlier for people in risk groups. 

You can register at the following link

Styria was the last Austrian state to make vaccination information public. 

How can I find out more? 

For more detailed information on how the vaccinations work in Austria, please click the following link. 

UPDATED: How can I get vaccinated for Covid-19 in Austria? 

For specific questions, you can call Austria’s vaccination hotline seven days a week, 24-hours a day on 0800/555 621. 

General information and FAQs are also available at the following link

Note: As with all of our coronavirus-related guides, this is intended as advice only. It does not constitute legal or medical advice. Please speak with your doctor about your options. 

This report has been continually updated to reflect changes in Austria’s vaccination rules. 

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Reader question: How to get a flu vaccination in Austria?

Austrian doctors and virologists have warned of a particularly strong flu wave this winter and recommend that people get vaccinated. Here's how to get the shot in each province.

Reader question: How to get a flu vaccination in Austria?

Austrian experts have said there would likely be an exceptionally high wave of the flu after hardly any cases were registered in the past two years. The measures against Covid-19 prevented infections with Sars-CoV-2 – and curbed the spread of influenza and other cold viruses.

This is about to change this season as Covid measures were relaxed and airborne viruses spread again, they said.

In principle, the influenza vaccination protects against symptomatic infection for four months: “About 80 percent for H1 viruses, about 50 to 60 percent for H3 strains and 60 to 70 percent for B viruses,” said Monika Redlberger-Fritz, a virologist from Med-Uni Vienna.

READ ALSO: Colds and flu: What to do and say if you get sick in Austria

She added: “But even with vaccine breakthroughs, you are still very well protected against complications, hospitalisations and death.”

Unlike the Covid-19 vaccination, the flu jab is not organised by the federal government but by the respective provinces, which file a report only after the flu season. In every province, the vaccine is free for children, but many ask adults to pay for a fee or get it from their doctors. In Vienna, the flu vaccination is free for everyone.

Here is how to get the vaccine in each province in campaigns carried out with the participation or knowledge of the government – companies and private insurance institutions can also start their own vaccination campaigns.

Vienna

Vienna offers free flu vaccinations for every resident. You can register online with the impfservice.wien or visit one of the centres that accept people without appointments (for example, the Austria Center Vienna). 

All that is necessary is for you to bring a document with your picture and wear an FFP2 mask. If you have an e-card and a vaccination passport, bring those with you as well. There is also a form to fill out, but those are available on-site.  

Lower Austria

The flu vaccine is free for children from six months to 15-years-old, and they can get the shot from established medical specialists. For those who are older, it is possible to receive the vaccination from a registered specialist, company medical service or from their employer, but they may be charged for it.

Residents of elderly and care homes get the vaccination free of charge in the facility where they live.

You can check more about the vaccination with your family doctor and paediatrician.

Upper Austria

Children aged six months to 15 can get the vaccine for free with their general practitioners and paediatricians. However, you may need to get the vaccine components at the pharmacy with a voucher and register with your doctor.

Older people can get the vaccination directly at vaccination sites in their district for €15. Residents of elderly and care homes get the vaccination free of charge in the facility where they live.

Styria

In Styria, children from six months to age 15 get the vaccine for free with paediatricians or public health services of their district authorities.  Older adults can get it from the public health service for €16 or €27 if they are older than 65. 

Residents of elderly and care homes get the vaccination free of charge in the facility where they live.

You can check more about the vaccination with your family doctor and paediatrician.

Carinthia

Children (from six months to 15 years) can get the vaccine for free in doctor’s offices or public health centres. You can check HERE for more information and register. For older people, the price is €22, though prices could be different if you go to your doctor instead of a vaccination centre.

Residents of elderly and care homes get the vaccination free of charge in the facility where they live.

Burgenland

Children aged six months to 15 years can get the vaccine free in pharmacies and with their physicians. At-risk patients older than that can also get free vaccines, but only while supplies last. 

Otherwise, buying and paying for the vaccine in a pharmacy or with your general practitioner is possible. There are also free vaccinations in elderly and care homes. 

You can check more about the vaccination with your family doctor and paediatrician.

Salzburg

Children from six months to 15 years can get the vaccine free with any doctor offering it. You can check with your family doctor or paediatrician. Anyone over 15 that wants to get it needs to buy it at a pharmacy (prices vary depending on the vaccine used) and can ask their family doctor. 

There are free vaccinations for residents of elderly and care homes. 

You can read more about the vaccination offer in Salzburg HERE.

Tyrol

The flu vaccine is free for children from six months to the age of 15 years, and they can get it directly from their doctor (a general practitioner or a paediatrician, for example). For those older, it’s possible to vaccinate with their family doctors, but prices vary for the product and pharmacies and the doctor’s fee. 

Residents of elderly and nursing homes aged 60 and over get the vaccination free of charge.

You can read more about the vaccination offer in Tyrol HERE.

Vorarlberg

In Vorarlberg, children aged six months to 15 years can get the vaccine free with their doctors. Adults can also get it from general practitioner’s offices but will need to pay variable costs (depending on doctor fees and which vaccine they choose).

There are free vaccinations for residents of elderly and care homes. 

You can read more about the vaccination offer in Vorarlberg HERE.

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