Vaccine appointments start for under 30s and children in Vienna
Young people aged between 18 and 30 in Vienna will begin to receive their vaccinations from 28 June. Around 35,000 appointments will be made available for vaccination with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which only requires one dose for full immunity, Die Presse newspaper reports.
Vaccine registration for those aged between 12 and 19 will also be available from 23 June according to the Wiener Zeitung newspaper. From today (Tuesday), it is also possible to register children for the vaccination in Vienna.
Historic win for Austrian national team
Austria’s national football team made history again on Monday in Bucharest and reached the knockout stages of the European Championship for the first time.
Christoph Baumgartner scored the winning goal to beat Ukraine on Monday night. He told broadcaster ORF: “I can’t quite comprehend it all, my head is really hurting! This is really special for all of us,” following the game.
More mandatory vaccinations
Mandatory vaccinations for health workers are spreading to more states, including Burgenland, Lower Austria, and Styria, while vaccinations in Carinthia, Upper Austria, and Vorarlberg remain voluntary, the Wiener Zeitung newspaper reports.
The paper notes that this requirement could also extend to childcare workers in some areas.
UK flight ban expires
As The Local reported yesterday, there is no longer a landing ban on flight from the UK to Austria. However, regulations remain in place meaning UK citizens are not allowed to travel to Austria unless they are Austrian or EU/EEA residents.
It’s very hot
Austria is sweltering in the current heatwave, with a record temperature of 35 degrees measured in Bad Gleichenberg in Styria on Monday, broadcaster ORF reports. Wednesday and Thursday could bring thunderstorms throughout the country.
Peak temperatures are expected on Thursday in the Danube region and south-east Austria of up to 37 degrees. Only the weekend promises relief at maximum temperatures of 28 degrees. The construction and wood union (GBH) has been lobbying for the day off on Monday due to the heat.
Thousands of children are unable to swim
The pandemic has halted swimming lessons and left 160,000 children in Austria unable to swim. More than 130,000 of them are aged up to nine. Johanna Trauner-Karner, Head of the Sports and Leisure Safety Research Department at KFV called for an action plan to help children who have missed school swimming lessons to catch up.
Seven day incidence is 11.7
The seven-day incidence, or the number of new infections with the coronavirus in the past seven days per 100,000 inhabitants, is 11.7. No federal state has a value above 30. Upper Austria (6.6) has the lowest, Vienna with 24.9 the highest.
“Green pass” for restaurants ‘not practical’
The gastronomy and tourism industry in Styria have said the “Green Pass” with QR codes is not workable in practice, as it involves employees scanning the QR code with their own private phones. So far there is no corresponding reading device.
Klaus Friedl, spokesman for the Gastronomy Division of the Styrian Chamber of Commerce told broadcaster ORF it made more sense for customers to show a printed out certificate in hotels and restaurants. He believes a photo ID should be added to the printed certificate.
Loss of trust in democracy
A joint study from Danube University Krems and the University of Graz shows that the pandemic has caused a loss of trust in democracy in the Austrian public, dropping from 78 percent to just 69 percent, the Wiener Zeitung newspaper reports.
Warnings property market is overheating
The Financial Market Stability Committee (FMSG), which is part of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB), says there are increasing “systemic risks: in the real estate market and warns against loosely granting bank loans to private individuals.
There are “indications of an increasing overheating of the residential property market”, broadcaster ORF reports.