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COVID-19 HEALTH PASS

Austria’s green pass now available in English

Foreigners living in Austria along with Austrians travelling abroad can now use Austria's Covid-19 green pass app in English.

Austria’s green pass now available in English
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Austrian authorities have recently released the 2.0 edition of the green pass app.

The app shows vaccination, recovery or negative test status and can be used to enter places where the 3G rule applies.

‘3G Rule’: How to prove you have been vaccinated, tested or recovered from Covid in Austria

There are several changes to the new app, one of which is that it is now available in English.

In addition to making life a little easier for foreigners living in Austria who have not yet managed to harness the nuances of the German language, the app will also be helpful for Austrians when travelling abroad.

Previously, the app was only available in German which made it difficult to show when in non-German speaking regions.

Austria’s green pass app is valid for travel within the EU as part of the EU’s Covid pass program. 

EXPLAINED: What is Austria’s Covid-19 immunity card and how do I get it?

The new update also allows for greater accuracy in checking the validity of the person’s status, although app developers reiterate that the change does not allow people to see personal information.

When scanning in with the app, those scanning it can more clearly see the person’s name and whether they are fully vaccinated, have recently recovered from the virus or whether they have tested negative. 

This is only a relatively minor change and still ensured that private information – such as address info, health history and other information – is not visible to the person checking the app. 

The specific information which can be seen by those checking the app is available by clicking the following link. 

How do bars, event venues and airports check Austria’s green pass – and what info do they see?

Austria’s green pass system is one of the more stringent in Europe, with it required to access restaurants, bars, events and close contact services such as hairdressers.

The green pass has been downloaded more than 2.5 million times. There are approximately 1.4 million users with an Android phone, with the remaining 1.1 using iPhones. 

Anyone looking to get the 2.0 version of the pass will not need to download it as it updates automatically.

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COVID-19 VACCINES

Austria recommends Covid booster shot for children aged five and over

The commission also recommends three doses of the vaccine for people who have recovered from the coronavirus disease.

Austria recommends Covid booster shot for children aged five and over

Austria’s National Vaccination Board has recommended that children from the age of five get a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccination, the “booster” dose.

“This third vaccination should take place at the latest at the beginning of the school year ahead of the expected next waves of infection in autumn”, the board said in a press statement.

The third dose is recommended six months after the second shot, the commission added.

Additionally, the updated recommendation given by the government body also clarified that a total of three vaccinations are needed for “the best possible and long-term protection”, even among people who have already been infected with Covid-19.

READ ALSO: UPDATED: The latest coronavirus restrictions in Austria

The commission stated that “from an immunological point of view, these vaccinations are to be regarded as a basic vaccination”. This means that, in the future, the Covi-19 vaccination schedule will consider three doses of an approved vaccine.

According to the board statement, an infection with the coronavirus would only lead to a postponement of the vaccinations but shouldn’t replace any dose.

Austria’s Health Minister Johannes Rauch reinforced the need for vaccination in the country, which currently has fewer than 70 per cent of its population with two doses of the vaccine up to date.

“The corona vaccination has saved the lives of countless people and continues to do so. The ongoing adaptation of recommendations ensures that new scientific findings are constantly incorporated”, Rauch said in a press statement.

READ ALSO: EXPLAINED: What are Austria’s plans to bring back the vaccine mandate?

The new recommendation can be found on Austria’s Health Ministry website. However, the ministry hasn’t specified how the recommendation would affect the Covid-19 passes or the “green pass” validity, especially those held by people who have recovered from the disease.

Covid numbers

Austria this Monday reported 4,111 new coronavirus infections, with 89,861 PCR tests taken in 24 hours. According to the Health Ministry, there are currently 1,492 people hospitalised with the virus (26 fewer than the day before), and 124 people are in intensive care units with Covid.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 18,054 people have died from the Covid-19.

The alpine country has currently 68.4 per cent of its population with a valid vaccination certificate, and 54.5 per cent of its population has received the third dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

READ ALSO: Austria to keep masks only in ‘essential places’ from April 16th

Austria has recently removed almost all of its coronavirus restrictions, including the need to show a valid vaccination certificate to enter bars and restaurants. The country also dropped its FFP2 mask mandate in all indoor areas except for “essential” places such as public transport, health areas, and supermarkets.

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