ECR 2022 venue sees surge in vaccinations

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ECR's home since 1991, the Austria Center Vienna (ACV), has seen a surge in vaccinations since the announcement of another lockdown and a nationwide vaccine mandate, according to a report posted by Euronews on 23 November.

The daily number of vaccinations at the ACV has grown from 1,000 a day two weeks ago to around 12,000 a day this week. While the number of first vaccinations has risen by 10% to 15%, the majority of people waiting in line at the ACV are there to get their booster shot, the article noted.

Analysts say the Austrian government did not effectively communicate the importance of vaccines early enough, and many Austrians did not take the vaccination campaign seriously after former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz declared the pandemic "over'' last summer, Euronews reported.

Kurz was forced out in a corruption scandal last month and was replaced by his foreign minister, Alexander Schallenberg, who expanded the controversial lockdown on Austria's unvaccinated people to a lockdown for everyone within a week, it added.

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