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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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WHO says European festivals should go ahead despite monkeypox risk

Most new cases of monkeypox are currently detected in Western Europe. The World Health Organisation says this is no reason to cancel more than 800 festivals scheduled to take place on the continent this summer.

WHO says European festivals should go ahead despite monkeypox risk

The World Health Organization said Friday that European summer festivals should not be cancelled due to the monkeypox outbreak but should instead manage the risk of amplifying the virus.

A surge of monkeypox cases has been detected since May outside of the West and Central African countries where the disease has long been endemic.

Most of the new cases have been in Western Europe.

More than 3,200 confirmed cases and one death have now been reported to the WHO from 48 countries in total this year.

“We have all the summer festivals, concerts and many other events just starting in the northern hemisphere,” Amaia Artazcoz, the WHO’s mass gatherings technical officer, told a webinar entitled “Monkeypox outbreak and mass gatherings: Protecting yourself at festivals and parties”.

The events “may represent a conducive environment for transmission”, she said.

“These gatherings have really close proximity and usually for a prolonged period of time, and also a lot of frequent interactions among people,” Artazcoz explained.

“Nevertheless… we are not recommending postponing or cancelling any of the events in the areas where monkeypox cases have been identified.”

Sarah Tyler, the senior communications consultant on health emergencies at WHO Europe, said there were going to be more than 800 festivals in the region, bringing together hundreds of thousands of people from different countries.

“Most attendees are highly mobile and sexually active and a number of them will have intimate skin-to-skin contact at or around these events,” she said.

“Some may also have multiple sexual contacts, including new or anonymous partners. Without action, we risk seeing a surge in monkeypox cases in Europe this summer.”

Risk awareness

The UN health agency recommends that countries identify events most likely to be associated with the risk of monkeypox transmission.

The WHO urged festival organisers to raise awareness through effective communication, detect cases early, stop transmission and protect people at risk.

The outbreak in newly-affected countries is primarily among men who have sex with men, and who have reported recent sex with new or multiple partners, according to the WHO.

People with symptoms are advised to avoid attending gatherings, while people in communities among whom monkeypox has been found to occur more frequently than in the general population should exercise particular caution, it says.

The normal initial symptoms of monkeypox include a high fever, swollen lymph nodes and a blistery chickenpox-like rash.

Meg Doherty, from the global HIV, hepatitis and sexually-transmitted infection programmes at WHO, said: “We are not calling this a sexually-transmitted infection.

“Stigmatising never helps in a disease outbreak,” she added.

“This is not a gay disease. However, we want people to be aware of what the risks are.”

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