Coronavirus: Austria approves GP vaccinations

Coronavirus: Austria approves GP vaccinations
General practitioners in Austria will now be able to carry out coronavirus vaccinations.

The Austrian government on Thursday passed an ordinance to allow vaccinations to be carried out by general practitioners (family doctors) on people over the age of 80. 

As of January 27th, people over the age of 80 can be vaccinated by their GP – with people over 65 to be vaccinated by their GP from February 1st. 

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The ordinance also regulates how the cost of the vaccinations should be apportioned. 

For the first dose, the insurance company must transfer 25 euros to the doctor and 20 euros for the second dose. 

While the regulation frees up GPs to make the vaccinations, the issue at this stage is a lack of supply. 

Austria’s Kurier newspaper reports that there is currently not enough vaccine available for general practitioners to carry out the vaccinations. 

As The Local Austria reported yesterday, Austria looks set to receive around 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines  in the first quarter of 2021 rather than two million as originally announced by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in mid-January. 

UPDATE: What do delivery delays mean for Austria's Covid-19 vaccination programme? 


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