Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg (ÖVP) held a video conference today with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis in a video conference on the tense Corona situation and the new virus variant Omikron, which was discovered only a few days ago by South African scientists and is now used in numerous countries, including Austria.
According to experts, it will be a few more weeks before there is more certainty about the exact effects of Omikron. Schallenberg, Bennett and Babis agreed that vaccination alone would put an end to the pandemic and in particular advocated booster vaccinations from four months. The Israeli Prime Minister Bennett reported on the positive Israeli experiences with the booster vaccinations since the summer, which boost the immune system again within a few days. As with other vaccinations, the basic immunization for the corona vaccination consists of three and not just two partial vaccinations. It is therefore the order of the day to vaccinate as much as possible and, in particular, to carry out booster vaccinations as widely and quickly as possible. This is especially important in view of the new Omikron variant.
Federal Chancellor Schallenberg emphasized, “Today we agreed that vaccination alone is our exit ticket from the pandemic and that a high vaccination rate is the only way out of this vicious circle. Above all, we now have to rely on booster vaccinations, because they offer the greatest possible protection, especially against serious illnesses. This is why we also appeal to you and your children to be vaccinated as soon as possible. Please get the booster vaccination if your second vaccination was more than four months ago. “