After criticism of the corona vaccinations, which are only starting slowly, the official vaccination start planned for January 12th should be brought forward. Logistics experts from the defense department as well as representatives of the Ministry of Health and the federal states agreed on this in a video conference. As the ministries told the APA, over 21,000 doses are to be inoculated this week.
Another 43,000 had been registered by next Tuesday. With around 6,800 people vaccinated so far, the target by Tuesday of next week is to vaccinate almost 71,000 people against the coronavirus. And also the 60,000 vaccine doses arriving in the coming calendar week should be vaccinated quickly, it said.
Recently there has been criticism of the delayed vaccination start in Austria from a number of sides. Above all, it was criticized that there are more vaccination doses in Austria than are vaccinated. Chief Medical Officer Katharina Reich justified the procedure on Tuesday with the “logistical challenge” and emphasized that they were “right on schedule”.
Second round in Vienna
The second round of the coronavirus vaccination campaign began today, Wednesday, in the federal capital Vienna. A further 15 facilities will be supplied by January 12th. The vaccines are mainly administered in senior or care facilities as well as in Covid stations in hospitals. A total of around 5,000 cans are to be served.
The first people were vaccinated in Vienna on December 27th. In the days that followed, around 2,000 cans were handed out. After completing the second round, Vienna plans to use it with a wider group of people from January 12th. Certain professional groups, such as paramedics, should be given a chance. Elderly Viennese who do not live in any care facility should also be vaccinated.
Subsequently, all city residents will gradually be given the opportunity to be vaccinated. For this purpose there will be a separate reservation platform from January 18th. Whoever registers there is recorded in the system. As soon as there is clarity about the further procedure, the reserved people will receive suggested dates.