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Will Austria really be able to vaccinate everyone who wants it by the end of June?

Earlier in 2021, Austria promised everyone who wanted a vaccine could get one by the start of July. With the deadline looming, will the goal be met?

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More people want to be vaccinated as the campaign progresses, federal states in Austria report. Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP))

At the beginning of April, Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) assured that all Austrians willing to vaccinate could receive their first vaccination by the end of June. 

According to research from the Austrian Press Agency (APA), the only states in Austria where this promise will definitely be kept will be in Lower Austria and Salzburg. 

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Although more than five million vaccine doses have now been given in Austria, more than half of the population eligible to be vaccinated has not had a first jab. 

Kurz said in April he assumed only two thirds of Austrians aged over 16 (7.5 million people), would register to receive a vaccine, leaving him with the target of vaccinating five million people before the end of July. 

Currently around 3.6 million people have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. 

 

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Vaccine hesitancy has been decreasing in Austria according to APA research with federal states, meaning demand is still high as the rollout continues. 

Many second vaccination doses are due

In addition, the pace of first vaccinations is unlikely to significantly increase, as many second vaccinations are now due, the broadcaster ORF reports.

Last week, the pace of first vaccinations slowed to 35,000 per week, rather than 40,000 to 50,000 per week as seen earlier in May.

However, the number of vaccine dose deliveries should increase in June. In May, 500,000 vaccine doses per week were delivered to Austria, in June it should be up to 700,000 per week.

Lower Austria 

In Lower Austria, State Health Councillor Ulrike Königsberger-Ludwig told APA all people who have registered for the coronavirus vaccination will receive their first injection by the end of June. Since May 10th all age groups from 16 upwards have been able to register for a vaccine. 

Some children aged twelve could be vaccinated as early as June in Lower Austria, especially if they belong to a risk group, according to ORF

Salzburg

In Salzburg, all those who registered for a coronavirus vaccination by May 26th should have received the first jab by the end of June. Those who missed out on this deadline will be eligible from July, health officer LH-Deputy Christian Stoeckl told APA.

Since June 1st, all Salzburg residents aged twelve and over have been able to register for the vaccination, and vaccination of 12 to 20-year-olds is planned over the summer. 

Vienna

A spokesman for the Vienna City Councilor for Health Peter Hacker (SPÖ) told APA that he could not promise everyone who wanted to be vaccinated in Vienna would be able to, as new entries were constantly made in the city’s reservation platform. 

Vienna, which has the lowest vaccination rate of any federal state, plans to have vaccinated up to 60 percent of the population by the end of June. By mid-July – depending on the availability of the vaccine – 70 percent is expected and up to  80 percent in August, including children aged 12 and up.

Priority groups will continue to be vaccinated for the time being with no release of appointments for all groups planned. 

Upper Austria 

In Upper Austria, vaccinations have been open to everyone since May 29th, and there are no longer any priorities. It is currently possible to book a vaccination appointment until the week of July 19th-25th.

Health Councillor Christine Haberlander (ÖVP) said if Upper Austria were given more vaccines the state could administer up to 180,000 vaccinations per week.

Vorarlberg 

In Vorarlberg the vaccination prioritisation based on age, risk or occupational group was lifted three weeks ago. Vorarlberg says it will send all those who have registered on the platform an invitation for a vaccination appointment by the end of June.

Styria 

In Styria all people who registered with the vaccine portal before May 25th will receive an appointment before July 7th.

Any leftover doses will be given to people who have registered with the vaccine service since May 25th onwards. Appointments can only be given out once vaccines are in stock in sufficient quantities, according to the federal state. 

Burgenland

Burgenland’s Coronavirus coordination team say it will “probably not” work out that all those willing to vaccinate have received the first vaccination by the end of June as they do not think they will receive enough vaccine doses in time.

However, the team assumes everyone who is currently registered can be vaccinated by mid-July. Appointments will be given out shortly before the vaccines become available. 

Carinthia 

In Carinthia, new people are registering regularly on the vaccine portal and willingness to vaccinate is increasing to around 60 percent of the population, according to spokesman Gerd Kurath. 

He added that the waiting list is stuck at around 50,000 people due to these factors, with more wanting to be vaccinated than vaccines available.

Appointments will be planned from week to week according to age categories. In addition, many second vaccinations are now due so “unfortunately”  first vaccinations may have to wait, he said.

Tyrol 

Tyrol was unable to tell the APA  when all those willing to be vaccinated would receive their first dose. Plans in this federal state are made “from week to week”. Since Friday, May 28th, vaccination appointments will start for people in all age categories from 16 to 50-years-old. However, older people will still be prioritised. 

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Where in Vienna can you join free outdoor exercise classes?

From organised runs to Kung Fu and full body workouts in Viennese parks. Here is what you can participate in for free.

Where in Vienna can you join free outdoor exercise classes?

Exercising outdoors with others is a popular activity in Vienna, especially during the warmer months.

While in the capital, you can enjoy many different group workouts – and without having to reach for your wallet.

Here are some popular outdoor activities that you can participate in completely for free.

Bewegt im Park

In Vienna, free exercise classes are held in parks all over the city as part of Austria’s “Bewegt im Park” (Active in the Park) programme—and anyone can join.

The courses are organised by the Österreichische Gesundheitskasse (ÖGK) and will run until September. Classes include Zumba, yoga, pilates, circuit training and back fitness training.

All courses are run by experienced instructors and take place in different public parks and open spaces across the city.  

There is no need to register in advance for a class. Instead, participants can check which courses are available in their area on the Bewegt im Park website and then simply show up.

For example, in Vienna’s 1st District, there are several classes to choose from, ranging from Tai Chi to dance and Kung Fu. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Freeletics in Arne-Karlsson-Park

Every Monday and Thursday at 7 pm, fitness trainer Michael Stresser organises a free workout program in Arne-Karlsson-Park in Alsergrund.

All you need to do is charge your batteries, bring a mat, and follow the instructor. 

During about 80 minutes, you will be guided through a wide range of exercises while enjoying motivating music from the speakers. The program offers exercises that are easy to adapt to everyone’s level, and many times, different versions of one exercise are presented as alternatives.

Here, you will be able to train your whole body, and if you go regularly, you are guaranteed to become fitter within a few weeks.

The event is very popular, so if you want to secure a spot, come on time.

 
 
 
 
 
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Meetup Groups

In Vienna, the platform Meetup offers a great opportunity to exercise and participate in sports for free in a group setting.

Meetup is a platform for connecting with people with similar interests and scheduling events, such as various sports and fitness activities.

Some groups on the platform arrange free outdoor exercise sessions, like running events, circle workouts, and yoga meetups. 

Running clubs

If you are a runner, you have many possibilities to join organised training session in Vienna for free. 

Vienna City Marathon Runners Club organises regular training sessions throughout the year and is suitable for runners of all levels.

The club offers structured training programs that can help you improve your endurance and technique. The sessions are mainly held in Prater and are supervised by experienced coaches.

Adidas Runners is a global community that offers free weekly training sessions through its local runners club in Vienna. The sessions are open to both beginners and experienced runners and focus on different types of training, such as interval training and long-distance endurance.

The sessions are led by qualified coaches and allow you to improve your fitness, meet other runners and explore Vienna’s neighbourhoods.

 
 
 
 
 
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Meet like-minded at the public workout spaces

Vienna offers many public workout areas, so called Aktiv-Parks, spread across different parks and recreational spaces. 

In fact, most parks in Vienna have their own exercise stations designed for full-body workouts. Here, you can find modern workout equipment like pull-up bars, parallel bars, and sit-up benches. 

The stations are great places to visit if you want to enjoy a free workout outdoors, meet new people and socialise.

It is not uncommon for those who frequently visit one of the stations to get together and create a weekly common training plan.

Here, you find the different exercise stations in the city. 

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