Between 22 percent (twelve-year-olds) and 60 percent (18-year-olds and older) of the students are fully immunized, i.e. vaccinated twice or recovered and vaccinated once. The vaccination rate increases with age, said Education Minister Heinz Faßmann (ÖVP) at a press conference on Thursday. The vaccination rate for teachers is now 84 percent after 82 percent at the end of August. The vaccination rate for both teachers and students is highest in the east and lowest in Salzburg and Upper Austria.
According to Statistics Austria, there are differences depending on the type of school. At the highest of the vocational schools (BHS) with 54 percent, vocational schools (49 percent) and vocational middle schools (BMS) with 38 percent. As expected, lower levels of AHS (37 percent), special schools (29 percent) and middle schools (20 percent) are included in these three types of school, including children under the age of twelve who have not yet been vaccinated.
For teachers, the vaccination rate is between 80 percent (elementary school) and 89 percent (AHS), depending on the type of school. According to federal states, it is highest in Burgenland (89 percent) and Vienna (87 percent) and lowest in Salzburg (79 percent) and lowest in Upper Austria (80 percent). From November, educators can get a third sting six months after the second vaccination. The minister emphasized that this was agreed with the Ministry of Health.
Before the start of the autumn break, Faßmann was overall satisfied. “The excitement has subsided,” said the minister. “The school remains open.” That will be taken care of.
In the first seven weeks of school, a total of 4.8 million PCR tests were carried out via the Ministry of Education’s “everything rinses” program, and 4,100 infections were found. There are also around one million PCR tests via the “Alles gurgelt” program at schools in Vienna and ten million antigen tests.
|state||Vaccination rate among teachers|
|Lower Austria||85 percent|
|Upper Austria||80 percent|