Coronavirus in Austria | Austria to Ease Restrictions in February

The coronavirus is shaping our lives. Here’s everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Austria this week – updated regularly.

January 28

News from Austria

  • The Ministry of health is considering postponing the expiration of more than 300,000 vaccination certificates.
    • 323,621 vaccination certificates are set to expire on February 1, which would leave thousands of people without a valid “2-G” certificate.
    • The ministry is still debating if the expiration date will be changed and more details will follow this afternoon.
    • This measure was announced in November of 2021 but has not reached everyone affected by the change.
    • According to the Ministry, everyone affected should have received a push notification through the official app.
  • Austrian ministries reported 38,631 new infections in the last 24 hours.
    • The 7-day-incidence stands at 2,264.5 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
    • The value is highest in Tyrol (3,066.6) and lowest in Burgenland (1,754).
    • 14,061 people so far have died from COVID-19 in Austria.
    • Currently, 1,395 people are hospitalised due to a COVID-19 infection.
    • 183 people currently require intensive care.
Vaccinations
Total vaccine jabs given17,482,716
Number of people who got at least their 1st vaccine jab6,742,953 
– in percentage of the population75.49%
– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 5+)79.34%
People fully immunized (valid vaccination certificate)6,467,136
– in percentage of the population72.40%
– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 5+)76.09%
Number of people who got the booster shot4,345,023 
– in percentage of the population48.7%

Source: Austrian Ministry of Health, January 28, 2021

Bogdan Brkić
Originally from southern Serbia, he moved to Vienna in 2013 to study German Philology. He is an aspiring journalist whose passions include history, music and French pastries.

Current Status

If you live in Vienna, make sure to register for getting a vaccine against COVID-19 under impfservice.wien.  Here you can book your vaccination appointment.

The City of Vienna offers free vaccinations without an appointment to everyone – regardless of citizenship or insurance status – at multiple locations across the city. 

Vienna has reinstated a number of coronavirus restrictions for the fall. The Austrian government has presented a plan for schools and universities.  

Here’s an overview of where you can get tested for COVID-19 in Vienna and how the free PCR “gargle” tests at home work. 

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Numbers

For current coronavirus numbers, check the website of Ministry of Health and the AGES dashboard.

The Austrian Ministry of Health also publishes daily vaccination statistics and a preview of scheduled deliveries.

Resources

The City of Vienna has compiled comprehensive information on questions and answers regarding coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease in English.

The Austrian Ministry of Health has put together FAQs on the coronavirus and also provides material to download on how to protect yourself and others from the disease, also in English.

Furthermore, the ministry will constantly update its German-language website with information on the number of people tested and cases of COVID-19 in Austria.

Hotlines

Health advice by telephone1450

If you show symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties) or fear that you are ill, stay at home and dial health number 1450 for further procedures (diagnostic clarification).

Coronavirus hotline AGES+43 0800 555 621

The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) answers questions about the coronavirus (general information on transmission, symptoms, prevention) 24 hours a day at +43 0800 555 621.

VKI hotline for travel law questions+43 0800 201 211

For legal questions concerning trips that have already been booked (e.g. whether a trip can be cancelled free of charge), the experts of the Association for Consumer Information (VKI) provide advice free of charge from Monday to Sunday between 09:00 and 15:00 at +43 0800 201 211.