Austria: Vienna to vaccinate 12 to 15 year-olds

Vienna is set to open registrations to people between the ages of 12 and 15 years, pending EMA approval.

Austria: Vienna to vaccinate 12 to 15 year-olds
A teenager gets vaccinated in Israel. People between 12 and 15 will soon be allowed the vaccine in Vienna. Photo: JACK GUEZ / AFP

Parents in Vienna will soon be able to register their children aged 12 to 15 for a Covid-19 vaccination, Health Councillor Peter Hacker has told Der Standard newspaper.

“We will shortly open our reservation platform so that parents can take note and register their twelve to fifteen-year-old children at once,” said Hacker. 

If the Pfizer Biontech vaccine is approved for this age group by the European Medicine Agency (EMA), they could even start vaccinating this group before the summer.

Vienna is currently last in the league table of vaccinations in a comparison of Austria’s federal states, but says this is because it has vaccinated many residents of Burgenland and Lower Austria.

It is currently negotiating with the federal government over the 60,000 vaccination doses it says it is “missing”. 

Will other states start vaccinating teenagers? 

Authorities in other states are pushing to vaccinate teenagers, however as yet this is from the age 16 and up – the age group for which the vaccine is approved. 

With next week’s return to face-to-face lessons in mind, Authorities in Tyrol are calling for everyone in school buildings to be vaccinated – including students aged 16 and up. 

The Tyrolean Medical Association said adolescents should be vaccinated “with the highest priority”. 

Doing so would represent “tremendous progress in curbing the spread of the virus and building a stable immunity against the coronavirus”, the TMA said. 

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What’s on: Five things to do in Vienna this weekend

Vienna is full of events, places to visit and great new restaurants to try out. If you are overwhelmed with the possibilities or just wondering where you can find a cafe with a fireplace, here are some ideas.

What's on: Five things to do in Vienna this weekend

Haus der Musik

Austria and its capital Vienna are known for their connection to the world of music, from classical names to more recent rock, pop and hip hop creations. 

In Vienna, one of the best museums for all ages is the house of music, with information and many interactive experiences will teach you how sound is created and show you pieces from the city’s philharmonic. 

One of the highlights is the staircase between floors that acts as a piano allowing visitors to compose their music. 

You can find more information here.

Long night in the museum

Definitely one of the coolest events in any city. This weekend is the time to visit Viennese museums way after hours – the event is actually Austria-wide and you can check all participating institutions here.

On Saturday, the 1st of October, the “ORF Long Night of Museums” takes place. From 6 pm to 1 am, numerous museums open their doors and offer a diverse program for young and old. The regular tickets cost 15 euros, discounted tickets 12 euros and regionally limited tickets six euros. Admission is free for children up to the age of twelve.

You can find more information here.

Café Jelinek

As the weather gets colder and the weekend promises some rain, of course staying indoors is a good idea. Vienna is full of beautiful cafes to visit and enjoy, but Jelinek has a charm of its own.

The traditional coffee house not only has delicious food in a great environment, but visitors can also enjoy some warmth straight from the fireplace (no extremely high gas bills here!).

You can find more information here.

Vienna Comic Con 

This weekend, Austria’s capital is hosting the Vienna Comic Con. Comic fans can meet up and enjoy the event with some great guests. Besides famous comic artists, fantasy authors, and voice actors, there are cosplay guests and entertainment guests. One of them is Jack Gleeson, the actor who played Joeffrey in Game of Thrones. 

The comic con also has thrilling esports tournaments, free-to-play areas, and more. 

You can find more information here.

Visit a heuriger

Not ready to say goodbye to heuriger season just yet? There are many unique places still open and worth a visit before it gets too old outside. 

The classic suggestion is Heuriger Wieninger, in the 21st district. Besides the house wine, there’s a buffet with warm and cold dishes, all in the traditional ambiance of a heuriger. 

You can find more information here.

Do you know any other cool events happening in Vienna during the weekends? You can email us at [email protected] to share your tips and suggestions.