GPs start coronavirus vaccinations in Vienna – but there’s a catch

GPs start coronavirus vaccinations in Vienna - but there's a catch
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General practitioners can now administer coronavirus vaccinations in Vienna, although they will need to do so off site. Here's what you need to know.

As of Monday, April 12th, GPs are allowed to carry out coronavirus vaccinations in Vienna. 

However, due to restrictions imposed by delivery delays, they will be unable to do so at their GP surgeries. 

Instead, they will need to administer vaccinations off site. 

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The vaccinations will take place at former testing sites in the 10th, 12th, 16th, 21st and 22nd districts of the city. 

As of Monday, doctors are permitted to rent rooms to vaccinate their own patients at the locations. 

The vaccinations can take place from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday. 

Eventually, 30 former testing sites will be converted to vaccination centres for general practitioners, however they will be permitted to vaccinate from their surgeries by late April, Vienna health director Peter Hacker (SPÖ) said

Delayed GP rollout

Initially, GPs were to be allowed to vaccinate from March, however the rollout was frequently delayed. 

The main reason was that the vaccines from Johnson and Johnson, and AstraZeneca – both of which do not need to be stored at super-cold temperatures – were delayed. 

Hacker said he hoped vaccines could be carried out in private practices by late April. 

“It was a special game of patience for the doctors, but we agreed that a minimum amount of vaccine must be available” Hacker said

More information about the specific locations can be found here

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