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How do I register for the coronavirus vaccine in Vienna?

Registrations are open to the general public in Vienna. Here's how to get the jab.

How do I register for the coronavirus vaccine in Vienna?
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The general public – along with members of risk groups – can register to be vaccinated in the Austrian capital of Vienna. 

Registration first opened up to the general public on January 18th

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

The government does not outline a timeline according to which you will get vaccinated, although as reported by The Local Austria in mid-April, more and more appointments are being released. 

READ MORE: Vienna to make more than 100,000 new vaccination appointments free from Friday

People will be able to register their interest on the platform. In some cases they can book an appointment now, for instance if they are a member of a priority group, or in other cases they will be contacted at a later date for an appointment. 

If you are a member of a risk group, you will need to bring along a medical certificate to confirm your medical condition. 

Vienna authorities said “the time of the reservation has no influence on the sequence during vaccination”, Austria’s Der Standard reports.

As yet, the only proviso is age. The vaccine can be administered from the age of 16 for the BioNtech / Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and from the age of 18 for the AstraZeneca vaccine in Vienna. 

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

For those who are not particularly internet savvy or are having issues registering, this can also be done by phone by calling 1450. 

More information is available on the official government platform here

In order to vaccinate groups or families, multiple vaccinations can be handled under the one registration. 

Up to four people can be registered on the one email address or phone number – however this must be done over the phone

 

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Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

The mandatory EU-wide mask requirement for air travel is set to be dropped from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still require passengers to wear masks on some or all flights

Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

Europe-wide facemask rules on flights are set to be ditched as early as next week in light of new recommendations from health and air safety experts.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) dropped recommendations for mandatory mask-wearing in airports and during flights in updated Covid-19 safety measures for travel issued on Wednesday, May 11th.

The new rules are expected to be rolled out from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still continue to require the wearing of masks on some or all of flights. And the updated health safety measures still say that wearing a face mask remains one of the best ways to protect against the transmission of the virus.

The joint EASA/ECDC statement reminded travellers that masks may still be required on flights to destinations in certain countries that still require the wearing of masks on public transport and in transport hubs.

It also recommends that vulnerable passengers should continue to wear a face mask regardless of the rules, ideally an FFP2/N95/KN95 type mask which offers a higher level of protection than a standard surgical mask.

“From next week, face masks will no longer need to be mandatory in air travel in all cases, broadly aligning with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport,” EASA executive director Patrick Ky said in the statement. 

“For passengers and air crews, this is a big step forward in the normalisation of air travel. Passengers should however behave responsibly and respect the choices of others around them. And a passenger who is coughing and sneezing should strongly consider wearing a face mask, for the reassurance of those seated nearby.”  

ECDC director Andrea Ammon added: “The development and continuous updates to the Aviation Health Safety Protocol in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic have given travellers and aviation personnel better knowledge of the risks of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. 

“While risks do remain, we have seen that non-pharmaceutical interventions and vaccines have allowed our lives to begin to return to normal. 

“While mandatory mask-wearing in all situations is no longer recommended, it is important to be mindful that together with physical distancing and good hand hygiene it is one of the best methods of reducing transmission. 

“The rules and requirements of departure and destination states should be respected and applied consistently, and travel operators should take care to inform passengers of any required measures in a timely manner.”

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