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COVID-19 VACCINES

EXPLAINED: How to claim your 100 euro vaccination bonus in Austria

Self-employed people in Austria can now claim a 100 Euro bonus if they are fully immunised against Covid and a number of other diseases. But what do they need to do to get their hands on the money?

A yellow vaccination booklet seen up close. Photo: JENS SCHLUETER / AFP
A yellow vaccination booklet seen up close. Photo: JENS SCHLUETER / AFP

Austria is giving all people insured with the SVS insurance system – people who fall under the Selbstständige (self-employed) and Landwirte (farmers) category – a hundred euro bonus if they can prove they are fully vaccinated.

The bonus can also be given to dependents insured with SVS under your cover (children, spouses and pensioners) if they also meet the requirements.

The offer is so far only valid for 2022 and the money is transferred directly to the insured person’s account.

You can apply for the bonus by filling in this online form as long as you have a Handy-Signatur or an ID-Austria set up. 

READ MORE: What is Austria’s Handy-Signatur and how does it work?

However the process is not as easy as merely inputting your Covid-19 vaccinations. A long list of other vaccinations must be proved, examples of which you can find here.

According to the website, you must give the following proof of being vaccinated or recovered from these diseases.

Children up to 15 years of age

  • Vaccinations against influenza, HPV.
  • Proof of a pneumococcal vaccination (this protects against pneumococcal disease, which is any type of illness caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria).
  • Date of the last FSME injection. This must be within the last five years. The FSME injection protects against tick-borne encephalitis.
  • Proof they have been given combination vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella as well as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis and haemophilus. 

People aged between 15 and 60

  • Date of the last MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and polio vaccination. (This should be within the last 10 years).
  • Date of the last FSME injection. 
  • Date of the last Covid-19 vaccination (this must be valid according to the current legal situation). 
  • Date of a Covid-19 recovery certificate (this must not be older than six months).

Adults over 60

  • Proof of a pneumococcal vaccination.
  • Date of the last FSME injection.
  • Date of the last Covid-19 vaccination (this must be valid according to the current legal situation). 
  • Date of a Covid-19 recovery certificate (this must not be older than six months).

Vaccinated abroad 

SVS told The Local that people vaccinated outside Austria could show their yellow Impfpass (international vaccination booklet) to prove if they had had the necessary jabs, or send any other proof or explanations to show they fulfil the requirements. 

When asked about people who were not vaccinated against common childhood diseases, but had achieved immunity by being infected, the advisor said it was possible to submit an Erklärung or declaration that a recovery had taken place. 

However, in some cases, Austrian media has reported that people have not been given the bonus due to missing a childhood vaccination.

For example, the Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper reported a 51-year-old self-employed woman from Flachau initially missed out on the bonus because she did not have a childhood measles vaccination.

Healthy lifestyle means fewer deductibles

The campaign is part of a health incentive programme in place by the SVS. Under another preventative health initiative it is also possible for self-employed people in Austria to halve their deductibles from 20 to ten percent if they achieve their health goals, such as stopping smoking.

The deduction can be halved  again to five percent if they pursue their health goals sustainably.

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COVID-19 VACCINES

EXPLAINED: How to get the new adapted Covid-19 vaccine in Austria

The new adapted Covid-19 vaccine has arrived in Austria. Here's everything you need to know about what it is and how to get it.

EXPLAINED: How to get the new adapted Covid-19 vaccine in Austria

What is the new vaccine?

The latest delivery by BioNTech/Pfizer is an adapted Covid-19 vaccine that has been designed to offer better protection against the Omicron variant of the virus.

It is a bivalent vaccine, which means half of it is directed towards the original strain of Covid-19, and the other half is directed at BA.4 and BA.5 (the current dominant strains of Omicron).

READ MORE: Austria recommends 4th Covid vaccine dose for everyone over 12

The roll-out of the new vaccine will be used for booster shots (third and fourth dose), not initial vaccinations.

There are currently 775,000 doses of the adapted vaccine in Austria, with more deliveries coming soon. Moderna has also developed a bivalent Covid-19 vaccine, which is expected to be delivered to Austria in the next few weeks.

The adapted vaccine has full approval from the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

When is it available?

The new vaccine will be automatically used for all booster shots in Austria from Friday September 16th.

However, a spokesman for Federal Health Minister Johannes Rauch (Greens) told Der Standard that anyone receiving a booster next week should double check that they are getting the new adapted vaccine.

The spokesperson specifically said it could take a few days for the new process to be rolled out at small vaccination centres or in rural areas.

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Who should get it?

The adapted Covid-19 vaccine will be available for everyone, from high risk groups to healthy young people. There is no prioritisation for this roll-out.

For some people though, receiving the adapted vaccine will actually be their first booster (third shot) after they missed the third dose due to infection and then waiting for the new vaccine.

How to make an appointment

In Vienna, anyone can book a vaccination appointment online at impfservice.wien or by calling 1450. The website even has a vaccine calculator tool to find out the best time to get the next shot.

Nationally, information about making a vaccination appointment can be found at info.gesundheitsministerium.gv.at. The portal then redirects to individual state healthcare websites with details about vaccination locations.

Alternatively, you can contact your doctor (Hausarzt) to find out more about making an appointment.

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Is it worth getting the fourth dose?

The National Vaccination Committee (NIG) has advised everyone over the age of 12 to get a fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, six months after the third dose.

Herwig Kollaritsch, Infectiologist and member of the NIG, recently told Der Standard that the fourth dose – known as the fourth stitch in Austria – is highly recommended because many people received the third dose more than nine months ago.

However, Kollaritsch did say: “In order to prevent severe courses, young people would not necessarily need the fourth vaccination.”

There are also uncertainties surrounding when someone should get the fourth dose after being infected with the virus. Although many virologists recommend getting the booster as soon as possible.

Anyone with questions about the Covid-19 vaccination can call the Coronavirus Infoline on 0800 555 621. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Find out more about Covid-19 and the vaccine at gesundheit.gv.at.

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