Austria to decide on privileges for vaccinated people in April

Austria to decide on privileges for vaccinated people in April
Austria says it’s too early to make a call on whether to allow vaccinated people to have special privileges. A decision will be made in April, when a greater percentage of the public has received both shots.

Austrian Health Minister Rudolf Anschober will make a call on whether or not to allow vaccinated people to have certain privileges after Easter. 

Anschober said it wasn’t worth having a debate just yet, given that only four percent of the population has been vaccinated. 

Israel, a world leader in vaccinations, has already implemented a vaccination immunity card which gives residents who have had both shots certain rights. 

Known as the ‘Green Pass’, the vaccination passport gives Israeli residents who have received both doses of the vaccine “an entry ticket back to normality”. 

Debate surrounding the measure is heating up in neighbouring Switzerland, where a leaked government document indicated support for a scheme which would allow vaccinated people to again eat at restaurants and visit concerts and sporting events. 

As at February 24th, Switzerland has vaccinated more than ten percent of its population. In Austria, the figure is four percent.

While the Austrian government may make a similar call, Anschober indicated that no special rights or privileges for vaccinated people will be introduced until the debate is had in April. 

Austrian newspaper Der Standard reports that Anschober is currently in the process of setting up “a strategy for living with the virus”. 

Anschober indicated that he was in favour of a Europe-wide solution to the issue. 

While the question of special rights for vaccinated members of the general public will not be decided until April, lockdown rules are set to be relaxed in retirement homes as early as March due to the high vaccination rate in these facilities. 

An agreement for allowing more visits in retirement homes has already been made between federal and state governments in Austria. 

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