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 25

News from Austria

  • According to the Executive City Councillor for Public Health, Peter Hacker, the COVID-19 vaccination figures published in the last several days are “Not accurate”.
    • When asked about the low vaccination rate in Vienna in an interview with ZIB2, Hacker pointed out that many of the booster shots haven’t been properly recorded.
    • This was particularly in those cases when the booster shot was administered after the Johnson&Johnson vaccine and with those who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection.
    • Due to technical difficulties, it has not been recorded that individuals that require only two jabs have received the booster shot.
    • Several thousand are missing according to Hacker.
    • “ELGA (Electronic Health Records) is working urgently to update the current figure,” Hacker adds.

News from Elsewhere

  • Israels expert panel advising the Health Ministry on the coronavirus has recommended the fourth shot for people over 18 years of age.
    • The recommendation applies only to adults who have received the booster shot over five months ago or have recovered from an infection in the same period.
    • The recommendation still awaits approval by the Health Ministry director-general before implementation.  
    • “The decision has been made after receiving encouraging data that the fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine made people three to five times more resistant to serious illness than triple-vaccinated people in the same age group,” says the announcement.
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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.