News from Austria
- The government has published the final draft of the vaccination mandate this Sunday. Here’s what you need to know now about the mandate:
- Chancellor Karl Nehammer, Minister for the EU and Constitution Karoline Edtstadler and Minister of Health Wolfgang Mückstein have presented the details of the bill yesterday.
- Today, on Monday, the proposal will be looked over by the health committee in parliament.
- On Thursday, the parliament will decide whether to put the proposed draft into law.
- The mandate will come into effect on February 1, and every household in Austria will be informed about the new measures in writing.
- On March 15 the police will start checking the compliance with the vaccination mandate, mainly during traffic controls.
- During the third phase, the government will send out reminder letters and fines by analyzing the vaccination registry.
- The company in charge of this process, Elga GmbH, has stated that this will be possible in April at the earliest.
- According to the government officials, there currently isn’t a set date for the start of phase three, because it will only come in effect if necessary.
- The vaccination mandate applies to all residents of Austria over 18 years of age, with some exceptions.
- Those who have recovered from COVID-19 will be exempt from the mandate for 180 days after receiving the positive test results.
- During the police checks, they will be required to show proof of recovery.
- Pregnant women and those who can’t receive the vaccine due to medical reasons will also be exempt from the mandate.
- The medical exemption is not limited to physical illnesses, people suffering from mental illnesses will also be exempt in some cases.
- Austrian ministries reported 15,717 new infections in the last 24 hours.
- The 7-day-incidence stands at 1,196.3 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
- The value is highest in Salzburg (2,123.6) and lowest in Burgenland (682.4).
- 13,922 people so far have died from COVID-19 in Austria.
- Currently, 934 people are hospitalised due to a COVID-19 infection.
- 212 people currently require intensive care.
|Active cases||Hospitalized||In intensive care (ICU)||Deaths|
|Daily Tests||Recovered||Tested Positive|
|Total vaccine jabs given||17,100,230|
|– change since Friday||+17,680|
|Number of people who got at least their 1st vaccine jab||6,691,321|
|– in percentage of the population||74.91%|
|– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 5+)||78.73%|
|People fully immunized (valid vaccination certificate)||6,399,560|
|– in percentage of the population||71.64%|
|– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 5+)||75.30%|
|Number of people who got the booster shot||4,089,274|
|– in percentage of the population||45.85%|
Source: Austrian Ministry of Health, January 17, 2021