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 27

News from Austria

  • Hundreds of thousands of vaccination certificates are about to expire.
    • According to the Ministry of Health 580,000 vaccination certificates will expire in February if those concerned don’t get the booster shot.
    • Two weeks ago that number was significantly higher at 897,000 certificates.
    • The reason for the high number of administered booster shots is the Omicron variant which spreads faster than the previous Delta variant.
    • “Two shots provide only limited protection from the Omicron variant,” says Katharina Reich, Chief Medical Officer at the Ministry of Health.
    • Two jabs are currently valid for 180 days after the second shot and the booster shot remains valid for 270 days.

News From Elsewhere

  • Israel will start administering the fourth dose of the vaccine to vulnerable citizens over 18.
    • The Health Ministry announced today that individuals who are at risk of serious illness after contracting the virus as well as caretakers will be able to receive the fourth shot.
    • Adults who have a higher chance of contracting the virus due to their occupation will also be able to get the dose.
    • The only condition is that at least three months have passed since the third vaccine.
    • More than 610,000 people in Israel have already received the fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
    • Until now the experts have only recommended the fourth dose for people over 60 years of age, immune-compromised patients and medical staff.
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.