November 2, 2021

AUSTRIA: THIRD Dose Of The Covid Vaccine For Everyone. Covid Lockdown For The Unvaccinated ONLY That Would Stop People Without Vaccine Leaving Their Home Except For Authorised Reasons

Revolution In The Streets published October 26, 2021: This evening, October 26, 2021, there is a massive protest going in Vienna, Austria against the Covid passports and other restrictions.
written by Staff
Monday October 25, 2021

Austria has been using the EU COVID Certificate since July, joining the rest of Europe in facilitating free travel across the bloc.

As the COVID-19 Delta variant runs rampant across the continent, many member states have started to tighten local restrictions to combat its devastating effects.

France, Germany, and Italy are amongst the countries in the EU that have implemented the local use of COVID passports to aid vaccinated citizens in gaining entrance to non-essential establishments, like bars and restaurants.

How does the EU COVID Certificate work in Austria?

The Austrian COVID pass rollout was met with approval, allowing citizens to travel freely across Europe in time for the summer months.

The certificate has been available from July 1st, but EU citizens who acquired their certificates in their home country could enter Austria even earlier.

The Austrian COVID Certificate can be printed or stored on your phone and will only contain basic information per the EU’s COVID certificate data protection policies.

The EU Commissioner for justice, Didier Reynders, has applauded the launch of this revolutionary program. “The EU Digital COVID Certificate provides European citizens with a common tool to allow them to move freely and safely again”, he said.

“It showcases Europe’s technological leadership in full respect of our values and principles: data protection, inclusiveness, and proportionality”, he explained.

The Austrian Green Pass app is available on the iStore, Google Play Store, and Huawei App Gallery and allows users to easily download and display their certificates.

Austria vaccine passport can also be downloaded at

COVID-19 travel requirements in Austria

Austria has three categories for entry, each requiring proof of vaccination or recovery or a negative PCR test.

The following countries are on the “safe” list and no quarantine is required for citizens from these locations:
Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, and Suriname are considered as a “high epidemiological risk” and travelers from those regions can only travel for specific purposes other than tourism.

Travelers from high-risk countries will also need to quarantine for 10 days but can take a test on day 5 for early release. It is also mandatory to fill in a travel health certificate beforehand to obtain pre-travel clearance.

Travelers from other countries do not need to pre-register if they can provide proof of vaccination. They also need to self-isolate but are able to travel for tourism.

COVID certificate regulations in Austria

The rising COVID-19 infection rate in Saltzburg has been a cause for concern and subsequently led the local government to tighten restrictions.

A mask mandate has returned for retail spaces as well as businesses where customers and staff are in close contact. This includes hairdressers and beauty salons.

Proof of vaccination, recovery, or negative test result will also be mandatory for people working in close contact with customers from November 1st. There will be a 15-day grace period, thereafter it will be strictly monitored. Fines as high as €3,600 will be given to employers who do not comply.

Across the country, masks are only mandatory in essential stores and those without an Austria COVID passport must wear them in other retail spaces.

In Saltzburg however, masks are now mandatory for everyone regardless of their vaccination or recovery status.

The Austrian capital, Vienna, implemented similar rules in September as cases started rising sharply.

Austrian lockdown looms for unvaccinated residents

The Austrian government has set out a framework for a potential lockdown that will only apply to unvaccinated citizens.

If more than 500 COVID patients are in ICU, which is 25% of the country’s capacity, then unvaccinated people will be denied entry to bars and restaurants.

If the number grows to 600, a third of the capacity, unvaccinated people will be placed under lockdown.

Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg, who was sworn in mid-October, released a statement saying “I will do everything I can to ensure that the health system in this country does not reach its limit and is not overloaded because we have too many procrastinators.”

He explained that the measures would only be put in place if the medical system starts to take strain and added that “we are about to stumble into a pandemic of the unprotected.”

Austria’s COVID-19 health situation

Austria is currently in its fourth wave of COVID-19 and was recording more than 3,500 new cases per day by late October.

Since March, the country’s vaccine rollout has grown exponentially. Close to 63% of the Austrian population is fully vaccinated. Austria has administered nearly 11,300,000 doses of vaccines.
written by Denis Balgaranov
Monday November 1, 2021

Local authorities were able to administer the vaccine to everyone in nursing homes and retirement homes, now it is time to cast a wider net

Today, local authorities in Vienna announced they will be expanding the groups eligible for a third dose of the vaccine. Since September, medical officials have been giving out a booster shot to people over 70, vulnerable groups and people with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Now, officials have opened the offer up to everyone who has had their first round of jabs at lะตast six months ago.

Infection rates in Austria are on the rise, as this week they reached levels not seen since 2020. At the same time, as a testament to the effectiveness of the inoculation campaign, hospitalisations and death rates are nowhere near what they were last winter.

It is important to note that a vaccination green-pass in the country is valid for one year; however, according to local medical experts, getting a booster shot is advised due to the more contagious nature of the Delta variant, now dominating infections.

The better-safe-than-sorry doses are especially advised for medical personnel, the elderly and anyone who has underlying health risks.

The roll-out so far

Vienna Mayor Michael Ludwig was proud to announce that around 20% of people over 80 have already taken the booster shot. That is the equivalent of 50,000 doses, and he praised citizens for their responsible approach, making the Austrian capital a relatively safe zone.

At the same time, he urged those who were a bit less eager to get the vaccine, as this was the best way to ensure that the COVID-19 pandemic does not overwhelm the healthcare system again. Vienna City Councilor for Health Peter Hacker explained that the population in nursing homes, retirement homes and homes for the disabled have already been vaccinated with the booster dose.

Furthermore, he iterated on the effectiveness of these measures, as Austria currently has the highest infection rates since 2020: “How well the booster vaccination works can be seen just by looking at our hospitals. Because none of the intensive care patients is currently over 80 years old. This fundamentally differentiates the situation in our hospitals from previous corona waves.”

The rest of the country

Austria’s national health authorities do not yet have a definitive line on booster shots. The last official statement on the matter was back in August, and it simply states that there is not a definitive consensus on the matter, thus the question will be answered in the future.

It points out that, as far as we know, the Covid vaccine is effective for 9 months. At the same time, federal states in the country have opted to take matters into their own hands and all of them now offer booster shots. According to numbers from mid-October, just under 80,000 people have taken their booster shots across the country.

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