Austria: Single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine ‘no longer valid’ for Covid pass

The J&J vaccine. Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP
The J&J vaccine. Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP
Anyone vaccinated with a single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in Austria will no longer be deemed fully vaccinated from January 3rd, 2022, onwards, unless they have received a second dose.

This change in vaccine validity was first announced by the government in November.

Approximately 260,000 people have been vaccinated with the J&J vaccine in Austria since the start of the vaccination campaign. 

Of those, around 75,000 have not received a booster. 

The Austrian government has for some time recommended people who received the J&J vaccine – along with those who were vaccinated with Astra Zeneca – to get an mRNA vaccine (either Moderna or Pfizer/Biontech) as a booster. 

Anyone who has received the Johnson and Johnson jab is recommended to get a booster shot 28 days afterwards. 

The reason for the policy change is a belief that the J&J jab has a lower effectiveness against the Omicron variant, the government confirmed on Wednesday. 

“The requirement for a second vaccination with Janssen in order to receive a valid vaccination certificate is based on the latest scientific data that are available to us in Austria” the government said on Wednesday. 

“In the case of a Janssen vaccination, a refresher of the vaccination protection seems to be necessary – especially in view of the Omikron variant. 

“Therefore, we call on all people who have been vaccinated once with Janssen to be vaccinated again for their own protection.”

Member comments

  1. Why is there no discussion of monoclonal antibody treatment in Austria? How many people would have been kept out of the hospital with a proper early outpatient monoclonal antibody program during the Delta wave? See Florida’s program. The obsession with the current Covid vaccines is becoming stranger by the day given emerging data showing poor effectiveness against Omicron.

    1. Vaccines are a fence at the top of the cliff. monoclonal antibody treatment is a tree branch half way down.

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