The number of new CoV infections continues to rise. More than 600 new cases were reported in Salzburg on Wednesday. However, the forecast consortium assumes that this growth will weaken in the summer holidays. In Salzburg, the state’s vaccination coordinator expects a vaccination recommendation for everyone in autumn.
While the population in Vienna from the age of twelve is now being asked to get the fourth stitch, those responsible in Salzburg are adhering to the recommendation of the National Vaccination Committee. Just last week, the age limit for recommending a fourth coronavirus vaccination was lowered from 80 to 65 years.
Stöckl: “Don’t wait for the Omicron vaccine”
People at risk are also recommended to be vaccinated a fourth time. All others can receive a fourth vaccination at the age of twelve, based on their personal risk assessment and their own wishes. There is currently no general recommendation. With such a calculation, the vaccination coordinator of the state of Salzburg, Rainer Pusch, at the end of August, beginning of September.
Health officer Christian Stöckl (ÖVP) advises not to wait for an Omicron-adapted vaccine. “The experts tell us that it may be a relatively long time before we have an adapted vaccine because the data is still relatively imprecise. It may take until the end of the year or even longer. You also have good immunization with the conventional vaccination with three vaccinations and the booster vaccination.”
General practitioners record slight sizes in vaccinations
Salzburg’s general practitioners are currently registering a slight increase in vaccinations. Vaccination coordinator Rainer Pusch assumes that it will generally be more difficult to motivate people to give a fourth stitch than was the case with the third vaccination.
Communities do not want local vaccination campaigns
Salzburg’s communities have not yet planned local vaccination campaigns for the fall. They had a corresponding order from the federal government for this, and the money for this has already flowed. However, the communities continue to doubt the usefulness of such campaigns. The letter from the Ministry of Health has not yet arrived, says Günther Mitterer, President of the Salzburg Municipal Association. He is clearly in favor of a nationwide vaccination campaign. However, it is unclear what will happen to the money paid out. Mitter describes the procedure as a disaster.