Wednesday, December 1

Vaccination: Faßmann offers support from school doctors

ÖVP Education Minister Heinz Faßmann offers the federal states the support of around 640 federal school doctors in vaccinating younger children. In a letter to the governors today, he refers to the legal possibility of using school doctors outside of their work in schools for advice and vaccination.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) yesterday gave the go-ahead for the use of BioNTech and Pfizer’s CoV vaccine in children aged five to eleven. Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein (Greens) spoke out in favor of it, as did the National Vaccination Committee (NIG) in favor. This age group can now officially receive a vaccination against Covid-19 – previously this was only possible via an off-label application.

“Important preliminary work done”

The federal states have already done important preparatory work and in some cases have already started vaccinations for the younger age group, says Faßmann’s letter. According to the School Education Act, school doctors are responsible for carrying out vaccinations and providing advice on vaccinations, as is the fight against infectious diseases.

In addition, on the basis of the School Doctors Ordinance, the state governors can also instruct school doctors to carry out vaccinations as part of the joint free vaccination program of the federal government.

According to the minister, the education directorates would provide support in handling contracts and agreements with doctors. If an assignment beyond the existing service and contractual relationships is necessary, the costs could be reimbursed by the Ministry of Health.

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