Austrian states start vaccinations for under 65s

Austrian states start vaccinations for under 65s
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Vorarlberg, Tyrol and Burgenland have completed vaccination of two thirds of over 65s and can now move on to younger age groups. 

The federal states of Vorarlberg, Tyrol and Burgenland have entered ‘Phase 3’ of the vaccination campaign, meaning they have begun to vaccinate the under 65s.

So far, authorities in these states have managed to immunise more than two thirds of older age groups.

In Vorarlberg, 69 percent of the over-65s have already been vaccinated, in Tyrol it is 65 percent and in Burgenland 63 percent, the Kurier newspaper reports. 

Two million first vaccinations by early next week

A total of around two million first vaccinations will have been administered by the beginning of next week, the Chancellery reports according to the APA agency. 

In a statement, Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said: “This is good news and we are progressing better than expected.”

How many people has Austria vaccinated? 

Phase One

  • People aged over 80 
  • Personnel in and residents of old people’s and nursing homes 
  • Healthcare personnel with a particularly high risk of infection or with close contact with groups requiring special protection

Over 74 percent of over 80 year olds in Austria have now been vaccinated.

Phase Two

  • People aged over 65
  • Health care workers with a high risk of infection, including mobile care workers.
  • People with disabilities and their personal assistants
  • High-risk patients
  • Close contacts of pregnant women
  • Staff in schools, kindergartens and childcare facilities
  • Selected employees in the penal system, police and armed forces

Around 55 percent of over 65s have now been vaccinated across Austria. 

Phase Three

  • The total population under 65 will be vaccinated, prioritised by age and health risks
  • Occupational vaccination


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