Can I register for CPT this time

Lower Austria opens vaccination registrations, other federal states are reluctant

St. Pölten / Vienna - Lower Austria was the first federal state to announce the activation of vaccination appointments for all age groups on Wednesday. You can be sure that the vaccines will be delivered on time. Almost all of the failures to date have been attributed to the Astra Zeneca company, which is now mainly used for second stitches in the state, said state vaccination coordinator Christof Chwojka.

From May 10th, all "people with a connection to Lower Austria" from the age of 16 - main and secondary residents, if this place of residence has not only been registered for vaccination - could register for immunization. Vaccination appointments are activated from May 3rd for people over the age of 50, from May 5th from the age of 40, from May 7th from the age of 30 and from May 10th for everyone over the age of 16.

Vaccinations until the end of June

In total, there are 326,000 pairs of appointments - first and second partial vaccinations, apart from the Johnson & Johnson single vaccine. The latter vaccine, according to Chwojka, will be used primarily in medical practices. All vaccinations should be carried out by the end of June.

Older cohorts and people with high-risk factors were already vaccinated in Lower Austria, "as far as they were ready," said Chwojka. According to a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health in Lower Austria, 75 percent of those over 80 were already protected with at least one sting on Thursday.

In the course of the coming weeks, a large-scale opening of the registration in all federal states can be expected, according to the ministry. In addition, the companies would begin to vaccinate, organized by the federal government.

Skepticism in Vienna

Vienna's City Councilor for Health Peter Hacker (SPÖ) remains skeptical. As far as the vaccine deliveries are concerned, he would "not put a big deal on it and make appointments if it is not really certain that the vaccine will come," said Hacker in the Ö1 "Morgenjournal" on Thursday.

In Vienna there have been delivery problems or even complete failures in the past, for example at the beginning of April with Astra Zeneca. Last week, an average of 13,600 vaccinations per day were carried out in Vienna. There would be capacities for three times the number. In Vienna, registrations are not possible for everyone until summer at the earliest, says Hacker.

Other countries are waiting

In Tyrol, the over 50-year-olds will be invited to the vaccination this week, in Styria and Upper Austria this should happen in May. In Burgenland, too, they do not want to give a specific date when appointments will be activated for all age groups. Herbert Weltler from the Burgenland vaccination staff said: "That would be extremely dubious", because you run the risk of giving appointments that you cannot keep. "That would lead to an extremely high level of uncertainty among the medical profession and the population in Burgenland."

In Vorarlberg and Salzburg, planning continues from week to week, depending on the arrival of the vaccines.

Expert: "Several roads lead to Rome"

Karl Zwiauer, a member of the National Vaccination Committee, said in the "ZiB2" on Thursday evening that apparently several routes would lead to Rome. There is a certain amount of freedom in the prioritization plans. This is used differently by the federal states. At the moment it is most important that "as many as possible are vaccinated as quickly as possible".

Furthermore, Zwiauer said that in the near future the Astra-Zeneca vaccine will mainly be reserved for those people who also received the first vaccination with it. Regarding the reliability of Sputnik V, he says that one should follow any recommendations of the European Medicines Agency.

Zwiauer was optimistic that 12 to 15 year olds could soon be vaccinated. He was referring to hopeful study data from Biontech. (bri, hag, red, April 29, 2021)

The article was supplemented on April 29, 2021 at 3 p.m. by the statements of the Lower Austrian vaccination coordinator Christof Chwojka and the Ministry of Health.

The article was given a ZiB2 update at 11:51 p.m.