Jewish Holocaust survivors in Austria will be able to receive a vaccine against COVID-19 within the next week, the Jewish community of Vienna (IKG Wien) and the Austrian Ministry of Health declared.
The decision, a first of its kind in Europe, comes after joint efforts by the Jewish community of Vienna and the European Jewish Congress calling on the Austrian government to ensure that all Holocaust survivors are given the highest priority access to a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.
In consultation with the Austrian Health Ministry, the vaccination will also be offered to all Jeiwsh community members over the age of 85 years.
“It is a great success in our endeavors to lead the entire Jewish community out of this crisis in the best possible way, to support all members and to get vaccinations as quickly as possible,” said IKG President Oskar Deutsch.
“We are in contact with the Ministry and the municipality to enable also other survivor groups, such as the Sinti and Roma to be able to be vaccinated very soon,” he added.
“I would like to thank Minister of Health Rudolf Anschober for this decision, and I thank the City of Vienna for jointly organising this campaign,” Deutsch concluded.