Coronavirus in Austria | Thousands March Against Mandatory Vaccination in Vienna

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Here is a wrap-up of the current developments regarding the coronavirus in Austria.

Week 2

January 16

News from Austria

  • Thousands of protesters gathered yesterday in Vienna to march against the government plans to introduce mandatory vaccination for all next month.
    • Around 27,000 thousand people rallied in the inner city to protest the proposed mandatory vaccination and other COVID-19 measures.
    • Charges were pressed against a group of individuals dressed in uniforms with “Security” written on them, who were posing as police officers.
    • According to the spokesperson for the police department Christopher Verhnjak, the group was charged with wearing modified uniforms similar to those of the Austrian police force and could have been mistaken for police officers (§ 83a Sicherheitspolizeigesetz).
    • The police have also charged 565 protestors for not adhering to the mask mandate.
    • Some of the protesters have also been carrying posters with Nazi symbolism and Fotos of Adolf Hitler with the text “Impfen macht frei” (Vaccination makes one free), which is a clear reference to the phrase “Arbeit macht frei” which was written on the entrance of Nazi concentration camps.
    • “The persons have been charged and taken into custody,” the police stated on Twitter.
  • Austrian ministries reported 15,419 new infections in the last 24 hours.
    • The 7-day-incidence stands at 1,135.4 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
    • The value is highest in Salzburg (2,057.4) and lowest in Burgenland (648.0).
    • 13,920 people so far have died from COVID-19 in Austria.
    • Currently, 883 people are hospitalised due to a COVID-19 infection.
    • 212 people currently require intensive care.
Active casesHospitalizedIn intensive care (ICU)Deaths
Total133,93188321213,920
Daily change+7,867-7-2+5
In percent+6.2%-0.8%-0.9%0%
Daily TestsRecoveredTested Positive
Total511,3411,295,738 1,443,589
Daily change-60,965+7,547 +15,419
In percent-10.7%+0.6% +1.1%
Vaccinations
Total vaccine jabs given17,082,550
– change since Friday+34,718
Number of people who got at least their 1st vaccine jab6,688,954
– in percentage of the population74.88%
– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 5+)78.70%
People fully immunized (valid vaccination certificate)6,396,713
– in percentage of the population71.61%
– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 5+)75.27%
Number of people who got the booster shot4,077,527
– in percentage of the population45.7%

Source: Austrian Ministry of Health, January 16, 2021

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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.