From November 15, anyone applying for a job in the senior citizens’ facilities of the city of Salzburg can only do so more than those who are fully immunized against the coronavirus. And there is a push towards mandatory vaccination.
In a joint statement, Mayor Harald Preuner (ÖVP) and Social Councilor Anja Hagenauer (SPÖ) said: “We have decided to only accept vaccinated and recovered people in the particularly sensitive area of our senior citizens’ homes.”
The city of Salzburg operates six retirement homes. The only way for the city as a carrier to guarantee vaccination requirements, it said in a message from the city. These requirements apply to all professional groups in the facilities. Also for the service staff, such as in the kitchen or the cleaning staff.
On average, around 100 new employees (women and men) are taken on each calendar year. This also includes around 40 civil servants and around 20 people who completed the voluntary social year in one of the institutions. This requirement also applies to interns in the training area.
Hagenauer for compulsory vaccination
Social Councilor Hagenauer also said: “Vaccination brings security. Point. We have a responsibility and an obligation to our residents, but also to our employees and the city, as a major local authority, plays a special role in the decision to deal with the pandemic.”
The city has come to the conclusion that maximum security is currently guaranteed for everyone if only fully immunized people are newly hired.
In the case of the already active employees, the employees work together with the staff representatives to convince them of the vaccination as the “highest protective shield”. It would be easier if the legislature provided clear decisions and legal framework conditions here, says Hagenauer.
She advocates compulsory vaccination for all sensitive occupational groups, but the initiative can only come from the state and federal government. SHE can have the backing of Mayor Preuner, although this caution is so: “With this decision, we are also providing clarity to the public and setting an example of how, in our opinion, we should act responsibly in long-term care. The time of procrastination is over.”