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COVID-19 updates: Vienna-Based UN Organizations

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Read more information relating to the return to the VIC premises in the VBO updates, which can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the page.


Advice from the VIC Medical Service

  • If you have travelled during the last 14 days to one of the affected countries, then call the Austrian COVID-19 hotline: 1450.
  • If you have not travelled and are still worried call your GP or 1450.
  • If the symptoms are mild and you would be considered a suspected case, then 1450 will inform the Aerztefunkdienst, the mobile doctor service, and you will be tested at your home. Results are back normally within 24 hours, sometimes earlier.
  • You can also contact Medical Service which is able to assist with the assessment for any suspected case and can facilitate the process with the Austrian health line 1450.

If you are tested positive for COVID-19 you will be monitored and asked to stay in home quarantine by the Austrian authorities. Most of the time (more than 80 percent of cases) the illness will be a mild disease (flu-like, common cold-like illness).

Your family members have a potential chance to be infected during your 14-day home quarantine. The principles of avoiding close contact still apply at home. If possible, you should have your own room to separate you physically from the rest of the family. If that is not possible direct or close contact should be avoided, in line with the general respiratory illness prevention measures. This procedure would apply if a family member tests positive rather than you.

In case of any severe illness you call 144 and the emergency ambulance service will attend to you.

You must notify the VIC Medical Service about the positive test result. This will allow the Medical Service to monitor and assist with any questions regarding healthcare matters.

Insights on how to get the support you need

Around the world, social distancing, quarantine or isolation measures are part of the global effort to slow COVID 19’s spread. But cutting regular social contact and interrupting daily routines, combined with the stress of family and work responsibilities and the exposure to worrying news, can take a toll on your emotional and mental wellbeing.

What to Expect

During a period of social distancing, quarantine or isolation, you or your family members may experience:

  • Fear and anxiety: Feeling anxious or worried about contracting COVID-19 or spreading it to others, having concerns about obtaining food and personal supplies, taking time off work or fulfilling family care obligations.
  • Lack of energy and sadness: Interrupting your daily routine may result in feelings of sadness, apathy or boredom.
  • Anger, frustration or irritability: Loss of personal freedom can be frustrating. You may also experience anger or resentment leading you to get easily upset with those close to you.
  • Stigmatization: If you are sick or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, you may feel stigmatized by others.

How to Cope Better

It is important to recognize these emotions and to know that there are tools to help you cope better in this difficult situation.

Limit news consumption to reliable sources

It’s important to obtain accurate and timely public health information regarding COVID-19. Trusted organizations—including the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control are ideal sources of information on the virus. Remember that too much exposure to media coverage of the virus can lead to increased feelings of fear and anxiety. Psychologists recommend balancing time spent on news and social media with other activities unrelated to quarantine or isolation, such as reading, listening to music or learning a new language.

Create and follow a daily routine

Maintaining a daily routine can help both adults and children preserve a sense of order and purpose in their lives despite the unfamiliarity of isolation and quarantine. Try to include regular daily activities, such as work, exercise or learning, even if they must be executed remotely. Integrate other healthy pastimes as needed.

Stay virtually connected with others

Your face-to-face interactions may be limited, but psychologists suggest using phone calls, text messages, video chat and social media to access social support networks. If you’re feeling sad or anxious, use these conversations as an opportunity to discuss your experience and associated emotions. Reach out to those you know who are in a similar situation.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle seek professional support when needed

Get enough sleep, eat well and exercise in your home when you are physically capable of doing so. Try to avoid using alcohol or drugs as a way to cope with the stresses of isolation and quarantine. If needed, consider telehealth options for psychotherapy. If you already have a psychologist, contact her or him to see if they can continue your sessions online.

Use psychological strategies to manage stress and stay positive

Aim to make a realistic assessment of your concerns and your ability to cope. Accept that there are things beyond your control, which cannot be changed, and focus on the positive elements in your life and the things you can do. One way to do this is to keep a daily gratitude journal. You may also choose to download smartphone applications and online videos that deliver mindfulness and relaxation exercises(see for example20 Minute Connection Practice and Guided Meditation) and coping and resilience resources such as exercises for deep breathing, positive imagery, muscle relaxation and more.

https://www.headspace.com/covid-19 offers an excellent compilation of resources on meditation, stress management and other coping techniques for individuals, managers and children.

Focusing on the altruistic reasons for social distancing, quarantine or isolation can also help mitigate psychological distress. Remember that by following these measures, you and your family are protecting yourselves and your community, particularly those who are most vulnerable.

Helping your children cope with stress

Keep in mind that children may experience stress in different ways, such as being more clingy, anxious, withdrawing, angry or agitated, bedwetting etc. It is important to listen to their concerns and reassure them, providing age-appropriate factual information about the situation and the protective measures that should be followed. Keep to regular routines and schedules as much as possible, or help create new ones in a new environment, including school/learning as well as time for safely playing and relaxing.

Adapted from:

www.apa.org;

www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/social-distancing

www.who.int

Other helpful resources:

https://www.mindful.org/connection-practice-remedy-feelings-isolation/

www.mindful.org/category/meditation/guided-meditation/

For people who have seasonal allergies, springtime this year coincides with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Because both conditions affect the respiratory tract, it is understandable that a person who has seasonal allergies would get anxious this year. Keep in mind that the main difference between both conditions is that seasonal allergies generally don’t cause fever or gastro-intestinal symptoms, and they respond to treatment with an antihistamine or similar medications.

Below are some tips to help distinguish the two conditions:

Symptom Covid-19 Allergy
Fever Yes No
Chills Yes No
Body aches Yes No
Shortness of breath Yes Rarely (asthma, bronchitis)
Fatigue Yes Generally no
Cough Yes (dry, persistent) Yes (dry/productive)
Sore/itchy throat Yes Yes
Sneezing Rarely Yes
Running nose Yes, sometimes Yes, commonly
Congested nose Yes Yes, very much so
Red eye Yes - rarely, not itchy Yes common, itchy
Headache Yes Yes, sometimes
Nausea and Vomiting Yes No
Diarrhoea yes No

If you suffer from seasonal allergies and you are not sure whether your symptoms are due to one or the other condition, please contact your doctor or the VIC Medical Service for assistance.


Updates from the main Vienna Based Organizations ​​in the VIC

 In today's update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations 
  • Latest Austrian Developments and Measures

NOTE: New items in bold

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Bearing in mind the measures announced by the Austrian authorities and advice from the VIC Medical Service, presence at the VIC has been reduced, in accordance with each individual organization's mandate and operational needs, by using teleworking where possible from Monday 22 November 2021 until Friday 10 December 2021.  

Each VBO has communicated details on arrangements to its personnel.

From Monday 22 November, all those entering the VIC must comply with 2.5G (vaccinated, recovered or PCR test no older than 48 hours).

By swiping their VIC grounds pass/badge, those entering the VIC confirm they are compliant and have 2.5G proof.

Note: Where meetings and conferences at the VIC do take place (with more than 25 participants), participants must show proof of a valid PCR test not older than 48 hours, even if they are vaccinated or recovered.

In-person guided tours are suspended, but virtual tours continue.

The Commissary, cafeteria, pharmacy, dry cleaners and other commercial services will continue to operate as normal for the time being.

Clubs and recreational activities at the VIC, including the gym, are suspended from Monday 22 November until Friday 10 December.

Gate Two is closed until further notice but other security gates are operating. 

The VBOs continue to monitor developments in our Host Country and will advise VIC personnel should further measures be required.

VIC Medical Service update and reminders:

Following the latest information received from the Austrian authorities regarding COVID-19 vaccination/boosters personnel are advised as follows:

  • Personnel who are not yet vaccinated against COVID-19 and are eligible to receive a vaccine are advised to do so as soon as possible. COVID-19 vaccines work, as they offer protection against severe disease and death from the virus. More information on how to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and the types of vaccines available is available here.
  • Personnel who already received a dose of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine at least 28 days ago, are advised to receive a second vaccination (preferably with an mRNA vaccine - BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna) to remain fully vaccinated. Personnel who do not receive a second shot by 2 January 2022 will lose their full vaccination status. Personnel can access a second shot vaccination without appointment at the Austria Centre or can register for an appointment here.
  • Personnel who have received two-shot vaccinations (AstraZeneca, BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna) should be aware that from 6 December the validity of their vaccination will be reduced to 270 days (from 360 days) after receiving the second dose. A booster (3rd shot) is recommended for AstraZeneca after four months. For BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna it is possible after four months and recommended after six months. Personnel can get booster shots for BioNTech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna without an appointment at the Austria Centre or register for an appointment here.
  • Personnel who received a non EMA approved vaccine (i.e. Sputnik, Sinovac, Covaxin) are informed that they are recognized as vaccinated by the VBOs based on the official UN guidance that "any COVID-19 vaccine that is recognized by the WHO or under routine approved use by a Member State national health authority is accepted". To be recognized as "vaccinated" by the Austrian authorities they need to take an antibody test followed by a booster with an EMA approved mRNA vaccine. For more information about this process please contact VIC Medical Services.

To reduce the risk of workplace transmission, with or without a lockdown, Medical Service strongly reminds personnel to adhere to the following prevention measures:

  • Stay home if you feel ill or have respiratory symptoms. Get tested.
  • Do not to come to work if you have tested positive.
  • Conduct in-person meetings wearing an FPP2 mask.
  • Adhere to the physical distancing measure – this is now two metres.
  • Stick to basic measures such as hand washing, distancing, FFP2 mask and regular PCR testing.

Information on the number of cases of SARS CoV-2 involving VBO personnel is available here.

  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs, the Host Country or the Host City.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all past updates and guidelines, including on the procedure for obtaining EU Digital COVID Certificates, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages.
  • No log-in is needed.
  • Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

 

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austria announced on Friday that since midnight people travelling from several countries in southern Africa are not allowed to enter Austria because of a new virus variant. The countries are South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Eswatini.
  • The legal text on entry requirements, which will detail what exceptions may apply, is being updated.
  • On Thursday, Austria's national vaccination authority approved BioNTech/Pfizer for children aged five to 11. This followed the European Medicines Agency's green light for its use for this age group.
  • Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein said on Thursday more details would be given soon on when and how parents could register their children for vaccination nationwide. Vaccinations are already available for children aged 12 and above.
  • The City of Vienna already allows parents to register their children aged five to 11 online and book appointments for off-label BioNTech/Pfizer vaccination at the Austria Centre Vienna, next to the VIC.
  • The legal text on the overall measures in place in Austria is available in German here.
  • Antibody or antigen tests are now no longer accepted for entry to Austria, with the exception of cross-border commuters who may provide antigen tests.
  • There is information on Austria's overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna's programme in German with links to other languages, including English.
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English and German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 14:00.
  • Austria's national vaccination dashboard is online here in English and German. It works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • DISCLAIMER: The VBOs cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of the summaries in this update. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts and to make their own checks before travelling.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL (includes 24/7 COVID-19 helpline):

https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/info-for-un-staff

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS:

Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

 In today's update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations 
  • Latest Austrian Developments and Measures

NOTE: New items in bold

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Bearing in mind the measures announced by the Austrian authorities and advice from the VIC Medical Service, presence at the VIC is being reduced, in accordance with each individual organization's mandate and operational needs, by using teleworking where possible from Monday 22 November 2021 until Friday 10 December 2021.  

Each VBO is communicating details on arrangements to its personnel.

From Monday 22 November, all those entering the VIC must comply with 2.5G (vaccinated, recovered or PCR test no older than 48 hours).

By swiping their VIC grounds pass/badge, those entering the VIC confirm they are compliant and have 2.5G proof.

Note: Where meetings and conferences at the VIC do take place (with more than 25 participants), participants must show proof of a valid PCR test not older than 48 hours, also if they are vaccinated or recovered.

The Commissary, cafeteria, pharmacy, dry cleaners and other commercial services will continue to operate as normal for the time being.

Clubs and recreational activities at the VIC, including the gym, are suspended from Monday 22 November until Friday 10 December.

In-person guided tours are also suspended, but virtual tours continue.

The VBOs continue to monitor developments in our Host Country and will advise VIC personnel should further measures be required.

VIC Medical Service update and reminders:

To reduce the risk of workplace transmission, with or without a lockdown, Medical Service strongly reminds personnel to adhere to the following prevention measures:

  • Stay home if you feel ill or have respiratory symptoms. Get tested.
  • Do not to come to work if you have tested positive.
  • Conduct in-person meetings wearing an FPP2 mask.
  • Adhere to the physical distancing measure – this is now two metres.
  • Stick to basic measures such as hand washing, distancing, FFP2 mask and regular PCR testing.

Information on the number of cases of SARS CoV-2 involving VBO personnel is available here.

  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs, the Host Country or the Host City.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all past updates and guidelines, including on the procedure for obtaining EU Digital COVID Certificates, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages.
  • No log-in is needed.
  • Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austria began a general lockdown on Monday. It will last until Sunday 12 December. The Austrian Government said the measures would be reviewed on 1 December, by which time it will be possible to see whether the measures have sufficiently reduced the caseload and pressure on hospitals.
  • The lockdown from 22 November to 12 December applies 24 hours a day, during which leaving the home is allowed only for the specific purposes that have applied during lockdowns so far. These include:
  • In case of danger
  • To care for and help others and for family rights and obligations
  • Meeting basic needs of daily life such as:
    • Contact with a spouse or partner, individual close relatives or individual close contacts with whom there is normally contact several times per week
    • Shopping for the necessities of daily life, going to the bank, post office or petrol stations
    • Healthcare, including COVID-19 vaccination or testing
    • Meeting the need for a place to live
    • Religious purposes including visiting the cemetery and individual visits to places of worship
    • Looking after animals
  • For work and education purposes
  • Exercise or relaxation outdoors alone, with people living in the same household or with a spouse or partner, close relatives or individual close contacts with whom there is normally contact several times per week
  • For administrative and legal appointments that cannot be postponed
  • Participating in elections
  • Getting take-away meals from restaurants
  • Attending only specific kinds of gatherings and meetings including work meetings, funerals and demonstrations.
  • The legal text in German is here.
  • Kindergartens and schools remain open to those who need them. In-person teaching is available at school, but students can stay at home without a medical note and schools should provide support for those in distance learning.
  • The Austrian authorities' general recommendation is for people to work from home wherever this was possible.
  • The City of Vienna also allows parents to register their children aged five to 11 online and book appointments for off-label BioNTech/Pfizer vaccination at the Austria Centre Vienna, next to the VIC. Children aged 12 and above were already eligible for vaccination.
  • The latest legal text (in German) on entering Austria is available here. Antibody or antigen tests are now no longer accepted for entry to Austria, with the exception of cross-border commuters who may provide antigen tests.
  • There is information on Austria's overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna's programme in German with links to other languages, including English.
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English and German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 14:00.
  • Austria's national vaccination dashboard is online here in English and German. It works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • DISCLAIMER: The VBOs cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of the summaries in this update. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts and to make their own checks before travelling.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL (includes 24/7 COVID-19 helpline):

https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/info-for-un-staff

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS:

Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

 In today's update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations 
  • Latest Austrian Developments and Measures

NOTE: New items in bold

MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE HEADS OF THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Dear Colleagues,

The COVID-19 situation in Austria and across the region is deeply concerning.

Our Host Country announced on Friday that a nationwide lockdown will begin on Monday, 22 November 2021, and last for up to 20 days.

Your safety and well-being, and that of your families, remain our top priority, and we have decided to take further measures to reduce risks and play our part in easing the pressure on Austria's health system.

Bearing in mind the measures announced by the Austrian authorities and the advice from the VIC Medical Service, presence at the VIC will be reduced, in accordance with each individual organization's mandate and operational needs, by using teleworking where possible from Monday 22 November 2021 until Friday 10 December 2021.  

Whenever possible, meetings and conferences will be conducted fully virtually or in hybrid mode. 

We strongly recommend that all those who have not yet done so and are eligible get vaccinated as soon as possible. This will help to protect you and those around you.

All those eligible for booster shots should get them as soon as possible. The City of Vienna provides these free of charge.

We encourage you to take regular PCR tests, which are available free of charge.

We urge you to stay healthy and safe, taking care of yourself and those around you as we enter the holiday season.

Ghada Waly, Designated Official for Austria, Director-General/Executive Director, United Nations Office at Vienna/United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency

LI Yong, Director General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Robert Floyd, Executive Secretary, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VBOs

From Monday 22 November, those entering the VIC must comply with 2.5G (vaccinated, recovered or PCR test no older than 48 hours).

By swiping their VIC grounds pass/badge, those entering the VIC confirm they are compliant and have 2.5G proof.

Where meetings and conferences at the VIC do take place (with more than 25 participants), participants must show proof of a valid PCR test not older than 48 hours, also if they are vaccinated or recovered.

The Commissary, cafeteria and other commercial services will continue to operate as normal for the time being.

Clubs and recreational activities at the VIC, including the gym, will be suspended from Monday 22 November until Friday 10 December.

For the time being, UN Security will maintain regular operations and opening hours at all VIC security gates.

The VBOs continue to monitor developments in our Host Country and will advise VIC personnel should further measures be required.

VIC Medical Service update and reminders:

Over the past few days, Medical Service has identified individual cases of workplace transmission. Further analysis shows that this was due to reduced adherence to the recommended prevention measures.

To reduce the risk of workplace transmission, with or without a lockdown, Medical Service strongly reminds personnel to adhere to the following prevention measures:

  • Stay home if you feel ill or have respiratory symptoms. Get tested.
  • Do not to come to work if you have tested positive.
  • Conduct in-person meetings wearing an FPP2 mask.
  • Adhere to the physical distancing measure.
  • Stick to basic measures such as hand washing, distancing, FFP2 mask and regular PCR testing.

Information on the number of cases of SARS CoV-2 involving VBO personnel is available here.

  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs, the Host Country or the Host City.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all past updates and guidelines, including on the procedure for obtaining EU Digital COVID Certificates, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages.
  • No log-in is needed.
  • Link to the site:

https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • There will be a general lockdown in Austria from Monday 22 November up to and including 12 December, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said at a televised briefing on Friday after a meeting between the Government and the governors of the country's nine provinces.
  • The measure will be evaluated after 10 days, he said. From 13 December, it was planned to continue with the lockdown already in place for people not vaccinated or recovered.
  • Schallenberg said attempts to convince enough people to get vaccinated had not been successful. The 2G (vaccinated or recovered) access rules and the lockdown for people not vaccinated or recovered had not been enough.
  • The lockdown would address the immediate sharp rise in cases and pressure on hospitals.
  • The Chancellor said it had been the consensus for a long time that Austria did not want mandatory vaccination. However, the reality had to be faced. Incited by some political parties and radical anti-vaxxers, too many people had not been vaccinated.
  • The Government had decided to start the legislative process, including consultations with experts and social partners, for universal mandatory vaccination in Austria, planned to enter into force on 1 February 2022, he said.
  • Raising the vaccination rate would be the only sustainable way out of the vicious circle of infection waves and lockdowns.
  • Schallenberg said it was painful to have to take such steps because there were sufficient vaccination doses available in Austria, unlike in many other countries.
  • Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein said the fourth wave had hit Austria with full force. There were a number of reasons for this, and he apologized that the Government had fallen behind expectations.
  • The lockdown from 22 November to 12 December would apply 24 hours a day, during which leaving the home would only be allowed for the specific purposes that have applied during lockdown so far.
  • Kindergartens and schools would remain open to those who needed them. There would be in-person teaching available at school, but students could stay at home without a medical note and schools should provide support for those in distance learning.
  • People should work from home wherever this was possible. The federal civil service would work from home.
  • Mückstein said FFP2 masks had to be worn in all indoor public spaces, including the workplace, except where there were other safety measures.
  • There would be an effort to promote booster vaccinations. A third dose was recommended after four months for vector vaccines. The third dose after four months would be made available Austria-wide to all who had received either vector vaccines or mRNA vaccines. This was already the case in Vienna, where free booster shots are readily available.
  • The validity of the second vaccination dose for the vaccination certificate would be reduced to seven months by 1 February 2022.
  • [Note: Those personnel who receive a booster shot should update their status on the EarthMed portal by uploading proof of vaccination.]
  • The City of Vienna also allows parents to register their children aged five to 11 online and book appointments for off-label BioNTech/Pfizer vaccination at the Austria Centre Vienna, next to the VIC. Children aged 12 and above were already eligible for vaccination.
  • The City of Vienna's additional measures came into effect on Friday. The text is here in German.
  • One of the measures is 2G+ for “Nachtgastronomie" (bars, night clubs and discos) and for any gathering with 25 or more participants. 2G+ means that in addition to being vaccinated or recovered you must have a negative PCR test not older than 48 hours. As of Saturday, this measure has been extended to theatres and movie theatres.
  • The Vienna measures will be superseded in part by the lockdown rules on Monday.
  • The current legal text (in German) on entering Austria is available here. Antibody or antigen tests are now no longer accepted for entry to Austria, with the exception of cross-border commuters who may provide antigen tests.
  • There is information on Austria's overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna's programme in German with links to other languages, including English.
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English and German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 14:00.
  • Austria's national vaccination dashboard is online here in English and German. It works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • DISCLAIMER: The VBOs cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of the summaries in this update. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts and to make their own checks before travelling.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL (includes 24/7 COVID-19 helpline):

https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/info-for-un-staff

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS:

​Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org​​

 In today's update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations 
  • Latest Austrian Developments and Measures

NOTE: New items in bold

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Austria has adopted new measures that are in force nationwide from Monday 8 November to tackle the serious rise in new cases and in patients in intensive care.

As has been the case throughout the pandemic, the VBOs will align the VIC with the new Host Country measures while taking into account individual VBO mandates and operational requirements.

The VBOs are assessing the impact of the new measures on official meetings and operations at the VIC and will provide guidance as soon as possible.

The VBOs strongly encourage personnel to get vaccinated if they are not already and to apply for a booster shot as soon as they are eligible.

Information on the number of cases of SARS CoV-2 involving VBO personnel is available here.

  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs, the Host Country or the Host City.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all past updates and guidelines, including on the procedure for obtaining EU Digital COVID Certificates, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages.
  • No log-in is needed.
  • Link to the site:

https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • In a televised briefing on Friday after a meeting between the Government and leaders of the provinces, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg and Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein said case numbers continued to increase and intensive care unit (ICU) occupancy was rising more rapidly than expected.
  • The “reins" would be tightened on the unvaccinated, the Chancellor said. The Government had no intention to create divisions but had to protect the people in Austria.
  • The Government's five-step plan was accelerated, moving to Step 4 from Monday 8 November. This means 2G (access only for those vaccinated or recovered) applies in the following settings:
    • Restaurants and bars
    • Hotels (exceptions for business travellers)
    • Services with physical proximity
    • Sports
    • Cultural sector
    • Events/gatherings with 25 participants or more
    • Visitors in nursing homes, hospitals and residential care facilities
  • There is a grace period up to 5 December 2021 during which the first dose of a two-dose vaccine will be accepted in combination with a PCR test.
  • 3G access (vaccinated, recovered or tested) continues to apply in the workplace.
  • Antibody tests are no longer accepted for access.
  • The test pass of the school testing programme (“Ninja Pass"), if current and complete, continues to be accepted for access also in 2G settings for children who are at the age to which mandatory schooling still applies (up to completion of ninth grade).
  • Vaccinations with two-dose vaccines are valid for access and the Green Pass for 270 days after the second dose rather than the previous 360 days.
  • FFP2 masks are required in retail and museums.
  • The Health Minister also announced that it was planned that from 3 January 2022 vaccinations with the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine would only be accepted if followed by a second vaccination dose (Janssen or – as recommended – Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna).
  • The legal text of the amendments that entered into force on 8 November is available here in German.
  • The consolidated legal text of COVID-19 measures in force in Austria (3. COVID-19 Massnahmenverordnung) is available here (in German).
  • Vienna has in place additional measures beyond those in place at national level. The current legal text is available here.
  • For instance, in Vienna, the requirement to provide evidence of low epidemiological risk applies to children from the age of six (rather than 12 at federal level).
  • The COVID-19 picture in Austria nationwide, including Vienna, is classified as “Red" (very high risk) according to the traffic light system of the Austrian COVID-19 advisory commission.
  • Schallenberg and Mückstein urged people to get vaccinated if they were not already.
  • They also strongly encouraged those already vaccinated to receive a third booster shot as soon as they are eligible – typically six months after a second shot.
  • The current legal text (in German) on entering Austria is available here.
  • There is information on Austria's overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna's programme in German with links to other languages, including English.
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English and German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 14:00.
  • Austria's national vaccination dashboard is online here in English and German. It works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • DISCLAIMER: The VBOs cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of the summaries in this update. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts and to make their own checks before travelling.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL (includes 24/7 COVID-19 helpline):

https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/info-for-un-staff

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS:

Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org​​

In today's update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations 
  • Latest Austrian Developments and Measures

NOTE: New items in bold

​MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Reminders:

In line with Austrian regulations, everyone entering the VIC, including meeting participants, continue to be subject to proof of meeting one of the 3G criteria (vaccinated, recovered or tested). By swiping their VIC grounds pass/badge they confirm they are compliant and have 3G proof.

“Alles gurgelt" PCR test collection boxesFrom Monday 15 November, personnel who use “Alles gurgelt" PCR tests will be able to drop them off at blue collection boxes in the VIC.

Personnel should put their tests in the collection boxes by 09:00 at the latest. Tests deposited after 09:00 will be collected the following day.

Free test kits will be available next to the collection boxes.

​The collection boxes and test kits will be located next to the elevators in:

  • A0E
  • B0​E
  • D0E
  • E0E

There will also be a collection box and test kits in C0E, in the Rotunda under the monitor screen to the left of the entrance to the F/G corridor.

For those who have not used “Alles gurgelt" tests there is information here in English on how to register and conduct the tests. “Alles gurgelt" roughly translates as “Everyone gargles".

This new service has been made possible by the IAEA Staff Council working with the IAEA and UNIDO Buildings Management Services (BMS).

Note:

  • The VBOs remind personnel not to come to the VIC if they feel unwell.
  • The VBOs strongly encourage personnel to get vaccinated if they are not already and to apply for a booster shot as soon as they are eligible.

Information on the number of cases of SARS CoV-2 involving VBO personnel is available here.

  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs, the Host Country or the Host City.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all past updates and guidelines, including on the procedure for obtaining EU Digital COVID Certificates, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages.
  • No log-in is needed.
  • Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austria's worst-affected provinces – Salzburg and Upper Austria – will each introduce lockdowns from Monday for those who are not vaccinated, Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein told a televised briefing on Friday after an online meeting with the governors of those provinces.
  • Mückstein said the COVID-19 picture in the whole country was worrying and that hospitals were starting to reach limits.
  • The Federal Government would hold a videoconference with all nine provincial governors on Sunday and Austria's lower house of parliament would convene later that day, the Minister said.
  • Mückstein announced that he would be issuing legislation making vaccinations mandatory for those who work in the health sector.
  • Everyone in Austria should play their part by sticking to the rules and reducing contacts, he said.
  • In an interview with Austria's Kleine Zeitung on Thursday, the Health Minister said he recommended adhering to any measure that is effective, but at the same time low-threshold and easy to implement, including working from home wherever this was possible.
  • The City of Vienna introduced new measures that go beyond the national measures and took effect in our Host City on Friday, 12 November.
  • These are the main points:
  • The 2G (vaccinated or recovered) access rules for restaurants apply also to kiosks, such as Glühwein/Punsch and sausage stands, if these allow on-site consumption. 2G does not apply to takeaway.
  • Wherever 2G access rules apply, children aged six to 12 years and 3 months can present, in lieu of proof of vaccination or recovery, a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours, a negative antigen test not older than 48 hours, or a complete pass from the school testing programme (“Ninja Pass"). The “Ninja Pass," if complete, is also valid Friday, Saturday and Sunday for this age group.
  • For children aged over 12 years and 3 months and still subject to compulsory schooling under Austrian law, 2.5G (vaccinated, recovered or PCR tested) applies outside school. Children in this age bracket can present, in lieu of proof of vaccination or recovery, a negative PCR test not older than 48 hours. For this age group, the “Ninja Pass" is valid outside school only for the duration of the validity of the individual tests in the pass, in other words 48 hours for a PCR test. In those circumstances another accepted type of PCR test certificate should be used.
  • Note: 2G is required for this age category, as it is for adults, in nightclubs and discos.
  • The legal text is available here in German.
  • An overview of the latest City of Vienna measures is available here in German.
  • The legal text of the amendments that entered into force in Austria on 8 November is available here in German.
  • The consolidated legal text of COVID-19 measures in force in Austria (3. COVID-19 Massnahmenverordnung) is available here (in German).
  • Vienna has in place additional measures beyond those in place at national level. The current legal text is available here.
  • For instance, in Vienna, the requirement to provide evidence of low epidemiological risk applies to children from the age of six (rather than 12 at federal level).
  • The current legal text (in German) on entering Austria is available here.
  • There is information on Austria's overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna's programme in German with links to other languages, including English.
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English and German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 14:00.
  • Austria's national vaccination dashboard is online here in English and German. It works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • DISCLAIMER: The VBOs cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of the summaries in this update. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts and to make their own checks before travelling.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL (includes 24/7 COVID-19 helpline):

https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/info-for-un-staff

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS:

​Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

 In today's update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations 
  • Latest Austrian Developments and Measures

NOTE: New items in bold

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

In line with Austrian regulations, everyone entering the VIC, including meeting participants, continue to be subject to proof of meeting one of the 3G criteria (vaccinated, recovered or tested). By swiping their VIC grounds pass/badge they confirm they are compliant and have 3G proof.

“Alles gurgelt" PCR test collection boxes:

  • From Monday 15 November, personnel who use “Alles gurgelt" PCR tests will be able to drop them off at blue collection boxes in the VIC.
  • Personnel should put their tests in the collection boxes by 09:00 at the latest. Tests deposited after 09:00 will be collected the following day.
  • Collection boxes will be located next to the elevators in:

A0E

B0E

D0E

E0E

  • There will also be a collection box in C0E, in the Rotunda under the monitor screen to the left of the entrance to the F/G corridor.
  • For those who have not used “Alles gurgelt" tests there is information here in English. “Alles gurgelt" roughly translates as “Everyone gargles".
  • This new service has been made possible by the IAEA Staff Council working with the IAEA, UNIDO Buildings Management Services (BMS) and their respective cleaning companies.

Note:

  • The VBOs strongly encourage personnel to get vaccinated if they are not already and to apply for a booster shot as soon as they are eligible.

​Information on the number of cases of SARS CoV-2 involving VBO personnel is available here.

  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs, the Host Country or the Host City.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all past updates and guidelines, including on the procedure for obtaining EU Digital COVID Certificates, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages.
  • No log-in is needed.
  • Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The latest figures for Austria are 10,925 new cases and 420 patients in intensive care units (ICU).
  • The COVID-19 situation in Austria is very serious, new infections reached five digits for the first time in the pandemic and ICU occupancy exceeds 400 patients, Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein said in a televised briefing after the weekly Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
  • Mückstein said he would be speaking to the Governors of the highest-affected provinces, Upper Austria and Salzburg, to discuss the response. He described the COVID-19 picture there as dramatic.
  • There were first positive effects to be seen from the introduction of 3G in the workplace and 2G in other areas, the Minister said. The vaccination rate had tripled over the past days, both for first vaccinations and for third vaccinations, said Mückstein. Also, the emphasis on PCR tests within the testing programme had been effective.
  • Austrian media reported that the City of Vienna would apply a 2.5G requirement to children aged 12-15 for access outside school, for which the “Ninja Pass" would not be accepted, and they would have to present a valid PCR test. The legal text would be published later in the week.
  • The Austrian Government's five-step plan was accelerated, moving to Step 4 from Monday 8 November. This means 2G (access only for those vaccinated or recovered) applies in the following settings:
    • Restaurants and bars
    • Hotels (exceptions for business travellers)
    • Services with physical proximity
    • Sports
    • Cultural sector
    • Events/gatherings with 25 participants or more
    • Visitors in nursing homes, hospitals and residential care facilities
  • There is a grace period up to 5 December 2021 during which the first dose of a two-dose vaccine will be accepted in combination with a PCR test.
  • 3G access (vaccinated, recovered or tested) continues to apply in the workplace.
  • Antibody tests are no longer accepted for access.
  • The test pass of the school testing programme (“Ninja Pass"), if current and complete, continues to be accepted for access also in 2G settings for children who are at the age to which mandatory schooling still applies (up to completion of ninth grade).
  • Vaccinations with two-dose vaccines are valid for access and the Green Pass for 270 days after the second dose rather than the previous 360 days.
  • FFP2 masks are required in retail and museums.
  • The Health Minister also announced that it was planned that from 3 January 2022 vaccinations with the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine would only be accepted if followed by a second vaccination dose (Janssen or – as recommended – Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna).
  • The legal text of the amendments that entered into force on 8 November is available here in German.
  • The consolidated legal text of COVID-19 measures in force in Austria (3. COVID-19 Massnahmenverordnung) is available here (in German).
  • Vienna has in place additional measures beyond those in place at national level. The current legal text is available here.
  • For instance, in Vienna, the requirement to provide evidence of low epidemiological risk applies to children from the age of six (rather than 12 at federal level).
  • The current legal text (in German) on entering Austria is available here.
  • There is information on Austria's overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna's programme in German with links to other languages, including English.
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English and German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 14:00.
  • Austria's national vaccination dashboard is online here in English and German. It works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • DISCLAIMER: The VBOs cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of the summaries in this update. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts and to make their own checks before travelling.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL (includes 24/7 COVID-19 helpline):

https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/info-for-un-staff

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS:

Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

 In today's update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations 
  • Latest Austrian Developments and Measures

NOTE: New items in bold

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Austria has adopted new measures that are in force nationwide from Monday 8 November to tackle the serious rise in new cases and in patients in intensive care.

As has been the case throughout the pandemic, the VBOs will align the VIC with the new Host Country measures while taking into account individual VBO mandates and operational requirements.

The VBOs are assessing the impact of the new measures on official meetings and operations at the VIC and will provide guidance as soon as possible.

The VBOs strongly encourage personnel to get vaccinated if they are not already and to apply for a booster shot as soon as they are eligible.

Information on the number of cases of SARS CoV-2 involving VBO personnel is available here.

  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs, the Host Country or the Host City.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all past updates and guidelines, including on the procedure for obtaining EU Digital COVID Certificates, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages.
  • No log-in is needed.
  • Link to the site:

https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • In a televised briefing on Friday after a meeting between the Government and leaders of the provinces, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg and Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein said case numbers continued to increase and intensive care unit (ICU) occupancy was rising more rapidly than expected.
  • The “reins" would be tightened on the unvaccinated, the Chancellor said. The Government had no intention to create divisions but had to protect the people in Austria.
  • The Government's five-step plan was accelerated, moving to Step 4 from Monday 8 November. This means 2G (access only for those vaccinated or recovered) applies in the following settings:
    • Restaurants and bars
    • Hotels (exceptions for business travellers)
    • Services with physical proximity
    • Sports
    • Cultural sector
    • Events/gatherings with 25 participants or more
    • Visitors in nursing homes, hospitals and residential care facilities
  • There is a grace period up to 5 December 2021 during which the first dose of a two-dose vaccine will be accepted in combination with a PCR test.
  • 3G access (vaccinated, recovered or tested) continues to apply in the workplace.
  • Antibody tests are no longer accepted for access.
  • The test pass of the school testing programme (“Ninja Pass"), if current and complete, continues to be accepted for access also in 2G settings for children who are at the age to which mandatory schooling still applies (up to completion of ninth grade).
  • Vaccinations with two-dose vaccines are valid for access and the Green Pass for 270 days after the second dose rather than the previous 360 days.
  • FFP2 masks are required in retail and museums.
  • The Health Minister also announced that it was planned that from 3 January 2022 vaccinations with the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine would only be accepted if followed by a second vaccination dose (Janssen or – as recommended – Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna).
  • The legal text of the amendments that entered into force on 8 November is available here in German.
  • The consolidated legal text of COVID-19 measures in force in Austria (3. COVID-19 Massnahmenverordnung) is available here (in German).
  • Vienna has in place additional measures beyond those in place at national level. The current legal text is available here.
  • For instance, in Vienna, the requirement to provide evidence of low epidemiological risk applies to children from the age of six (rather than 12 at federal level).
  • The COVID-19 picture in Austria nationwide, including Vienna, is classified as “Red" (very high risk) according to the traffic light system of the Austrian COVID-19 advisory commission.
  • Schallenberg and Mückstein urged people to get vaccinated if they were not already.
  • They also strongly encouraged those already vaccinated to receive a third booster shot as soon as they are eligible – typically six months after a second shot.
  • The current legal text (in German) on entering Austria is available here.
  • There is information on Austria's overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna's programme in German with links to other languages, including English.
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English and German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 14:00.
  • Austria's national vaccination dashboard is online here in English and German. It works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • DISCLAIMER: The VBOs cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of the summaries in this update. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts and to make their own checks before travelling.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL (includes 24/7 COVID-19 helpline):

https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/info-for-un-staff

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS:

Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org​​

 In today's update:

  • ​Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations 
  • Latest Austrian Developments and Measures

NOTE: New items in bold

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

All UN Secretariat, IAEA, UNIDO and CTBTO personnel are reminded that they are required to report their COVID-19 vaccination status in the EarthMed Portal.

All personnel with access to the EarthMed Portal should record their vaccination status there.

The steps to do so can be found in the update from 22 July, which is available here.

Personnel who do not have access to EarthMed can contact the VIC Medical Service at Vaccination-Status-Report-for-Non-Staff.Contact-Point@iaea.org to report their vaccination status.

Information on the number of cases of SARS CoV-2 involving VBO personnel is available here.

  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs, the Host Country or the Host City.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all past updates and guidelines, including on the procedure for obtaining EU Digital COVID Certificates, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages.
  • No log-in is needed.
  • Link to the site:

https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The legal text on COVID-19 measures in Austria from 1 November (3. COVID-19 Massnahmenverordnung) is available here (in German).
  • The text distinguishes between the following different types of low epidemiological risk:
  • “1G" (vaccinated)
  • “2G" (vaccinated or recovered)
  • “2.5G" (vaccinated, recovered or PCR-tested) and
  • “3G" (vaccinated, recovered or tested, including PCR-, antigen test (not accepted in Vienna), school test pass valid 7 days if all tests completed, or antibodies test valid 90 days).
  • Wherever access is limited to one of the above by this decree, the responsible person may check for name, date of birth, validity of the certificate and barcode/QR code, as well as the identity of the person being checked.
  • Reproduction or storage of the certificates or personal data contained in these is not allowed, with the exception of contact tracing, nor is processing of data obtained in the identity check. 
  • Employees may access the workplace only if they have evidence of meeting one of the “3G" criteria. This applies if physical contact with other people at the workplace cannot be ruled out. The above applies also to work at external locations except for work from home.
  • Employers with more than 51 employees must have a COVID-19 prevention concept.
  • Employers can adopt further requirements on masks and low epidemiological risk beyond those in this text for specific reasons.
  • The Austrian Government announced an update to its plan for future COVID-19-related measures based on intensive care unit (ICU) occupancy numbers extending it from the three to five steps. The Government's now five-step plan for future measures determined by ICU occupancy are:
  • Step 1: COVID-related ICU occupancy of 200 beds:
    • FFP2 masks are mandatory where masks have been required in public transport and essential retail;
    • FFP2 masks recommended also in non-essential retail for all, and mandatory for people not vaccinated;
    • Antigen tests valid 24 hours, rather than 48 (nationwide). This does not apply to tests done in schools;
    • 3G applies to all events with more than 25 people, rather than 100;
    • Full vaccinations are valid for 360 days rather 270 days.
  • Step 2: COVID-related ICU occupancy of 300 beds:
    • If this threshold is reached, night clubs, as well as large events (from 500 non-seated), would be accessible only to those vaccinated or recovered.
    • Home antigen tests would no longer be accepted as evidence of 3G (nationwide).
  • Step 3: COVID-related ICU occupancy of 400 beds:
    • Only PCR tests will be accepted as valid tests, in addition to vaccination and recovery (in other words; vaccinated, recovered, PCR-tested).
  • Step 4: COVID-related ICU occupancy of 500 beds:
    • “2G", where access is only for those vaccinated or recovered to apply wherever 3G currently applied. In the workplace, 2.5G (vaccinated, recovered or PCR-tested) would still apply at this step.
  • Step 5: COVID-related ICU occupancy of 600 beds:
    • Limitations on leaving the house would be reintroduced for those not vaccinated or recovered, with exceptions for meeting basic needs and going to work.
  • Austria is at Step 1 of this plan (ICU occupancy 200 or over). Several provinces, including Vienna, already have additional measures in place beyond these outlined in Step 1. The legal text (in German) of additional measures in Vienna is available here.  
  • Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein said Step 3 might immediately follow Step 1 later this week or early next week, as he expected ICU occupancy to reach 400 around that time.
  • Also, the Health Minister has told media that from 15 November, the 2.5G rule (vaccinated, recovered or PCR-tested) would be applied to the workplace (where the 3G rule applies from 1 November).
  • The COVID-19 situation in Austria nationwide is classified as “Red" (very high risk) according to the traffic light system of the Austrian COVID-19 advisory commission. Vienna and Burgenland provinces are classified as “Orange" (high risk), while all other provinces are classified as “Red". 
  • The latest update to the legal text (in German) on entering Austria is available here.
  • There is information on Austria's overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna's programme in German with links to other languages, including English.
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English and German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 14:00.
  • Austria's national vaccination dashboard is online here in English and German. It works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • DISCLAIMER: The VBOs cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of the summaries in this update. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts and to make their own checks before travelling.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL (includes 24/7 COVID-19 helpline):

https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/info-for-un-staff

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS:

Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today's update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations 
  • Latest Austrian Developments and Measures

NOTE: New items in bold

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

All UN Secretariat, IAEA, UNIDO and CTBTO personnel are reminded that they are required to report their COVID-19 vaccination status in the EarthMed Portal.

All personnel with access to the EarthMed Por tal should record their vaccination status there.

The steps to do so can be found in the update from 22 July, which is available here.

Personnel who do not have access to EarthMed can contact the VIC Medical Service at Vaccination-Status-Report-for-Non-Staff.Contact-Point@iaea.org to report their vaccination status.

Information on the number of cases of SARS CoV-2 involving VBO personnel is available here.

  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs, the Host Country or the Host City.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all past updates and guidelines, including on the procedure for obtaining EU Digital COVID Certificates, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages.
  • No log-in is needed.
  • Link to the site:

https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The legal text on COVID-19 measures in Austria from 1 November (3. COVID-19 Massnahmenverordnung) is available here (in German).
  • The text distinguishes between the following different types of low epidemiological risk:
  • “1G" (vaccinated)
  • “2G" (vaccinated or recovered)
  • “2.5G" (vaccinated, recovered or PCR-tested) and
  • “3G" (vaccinated, recovered or tested, including PCR-, antigen test (not accepted in Vienna), school test pass valid 7 days if all tests completed, or antibodies test valid 90 days).
  • Wherever access is limited to one of the above by this decree, the responsible person may check for name, date of birth, validity of the certificate and barcode/QR code, as well as the identity of the person being checked.
  • Reproduction or storage of the certificates or personal data contained in these is not allowed, except for contact tracing, nor is processing of data obtained in the identity check. 
  • Employees may access the workplace only if they have evidence of meeting one of the “3G" criteria. This applies if physical contact with other people at the workplace cannot be ruled out. The above applies also to work at external locations except for work from home.
  • Employers with more than 51 employees must have a COVID-19 prevention concept.
  • Employers can adopt further requirements on masks and low epidemiological risk beyond those in this text for specific reasons.
  • The Austrian Government announced an update to its plan for future COVID-19-related measures based on intensive care unit (ICU) occupancy numbers extending it from the three to five steps. The Government's now five-step plan for future measures determined by ICU occupancy are:
  • Step 1: COVID-related ICU occupancy of 200 beds:
    • FFP2 masks are mandatory where masks have been required in public transport and essential retail.
    • FFP2 masks recommended also in non-essential retail for all, and mandatory for people not vaccinated.
    • Antigen tests valid 24 hours, rather than 48 (nationwide). This does not apply to tests done in schools.
    • 3G applies to all events with more than 25 people, rather than 100.
    • Full vaccinations are valid for 360 days rather 270 days.
  • Step 2: COVID-related ICU occupancy of 300 beds:
    • If this threshold is reached, night clubs, as well as large events (from 500 non-seated), would be accessible only to those vaccinated or recovered.
    • Home antigen tests would no longer be accepted as evidence of 3G (nationwide).
  • Step 3: COVID-related ICU occupancy of 400 beds:
    • Only PCR tests will be accepted as valid tests, in addition to vaccination and recovery (in other words; vaccinated, recovered, PCR-tested).
  • Step 4: COVID-related ICU occupancy of 500 beds:
    • “2G", where access is only for those vaccinated or recovered to apply wherever 3G currently applied. In the workplace, 2.5G (vaccinated, recovered or PCR-tested) would still apply at this step.
  • Step 5: COVID-related ICU occupancy of 600 beds:
    • Limitations on leaving the house would be reintroduced for those not vaccinated or recovered, with exceptions for meeting basic needs and going to work.
  • Austria is at Step 1 of this plan (ICU occupancy 200 or over). Several provinces, including Vienna, already have additional measures in place beyond these outlined in Step 1. The legal text (in German) of additional measures in Vienna is available here.  
  • Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein said Step 3 might immediately follow Step 1 later this week or early next week, as he expected ICU occupancy to reach 400 around that time.
  • Also, the Health Minister has told media that from 15 November, the 2.5G rule (vaccinated, recovered or PCR-tested) would be applied to the workplace (where the 3G rule applies from 1 November).
  • The COVID-19 situation in Austria nationwide is classified as “Red" (very high risk) according to the traffic light system of the Austrian COVID-19 advisory commission. Vienna and Burgenland provinces are classified as “Orange" (high risk), while all other provinces are classified as “Red". 
  • The latest update to the legal text (in German) on entering Austria is available here.
  • There is information on Austria's overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna's programme in German with links to other languages, including English.
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English and German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 14:00.
  • Austria's national vaccination dashboard is online here in English and German. It works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • DISCLAIMER: The VBOs cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of the summaries in this update. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts and to make their own checks before travelling.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL (includes 24/7 COVID-19 helpline):

https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/info-for-un-staff

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS:

Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org​​​


In today's update:
  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations 

NOTE: New items in bold

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

 Important VIC Medical Service reminder on booster vaccinations:

As indicated in the update on 1 October 2021 and following the official Austrian Vaccination Council advice, the VIC Medical Service recommends anyone who received a single-dose Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccination to have a second vaccination, preferably with an mRNA vaccine - BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) or Moderna as soon as possible. This second vaccination is considered off-label, which means it can legally be administered from 28 days after the first shot, although it is not yet fully licensed to use as a booster shot. More information is available here (in German).

Vaccination validity and booster shots:

  • Johnson & Johnson (Janssen, single dose) is valid from the 22nd day after vaccination up to 270 days. A second vaccination is now officially recommended (see above). Validity is then for 360 days from the day of that second shot.
  • Completed two-shot vaccinations (AstraZeneca, BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna) are valid for 360 days from the day of the second dose. A booster is recommended for AstraZeneca after six to nine months, and for BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna after nine to 12 months. In all these cases, the validity after the third shot for each vaccine is 360 days.
  • The minimum time period between a second and third vaccination is 120 days.
  • Booster shots for BioNTech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna are being rolled out first to high-risk groups and later for the general population. You can get an estimate of eligibility for a booster shot by using the online calculator link (Auffrischungsrechner) on the City of Vienna's vaccination website.

The City of Vienna's health authorities will be able to provide the second vaccination to those who received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccination.

Those to whom this applies can register with the City of Vienna's vaccination service as they did for their initial vaccination.

The vaccination can be administered at the Austria Centre Vaccination Centre or at one of the other official vaccination sites. An updated list of locations is available here (in German).

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL (includes 24/7 COVID-19 helpline):

https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/info-for-un-staff

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS:

Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org


In today's update:

  • ​Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations 
  • Latest Austrian Developments and Measures

NOTE: New items in bold

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

All UN Secretariat, IAEA, UNIDO and CTBTO personnel are reminded that they are required to report their COVID-19 vaccination status in the EarthMed Portal.

All personnel with access to the EarthMed Portal should record their vaccination status there.

The steps to do so can be found in the update from 22 July, which is available here.

Personnel who do not have access to EarthMed can contact the VIC Medical Service at Vaccination-Status-Report-for-Non-Staff.Contact-Point@iaea.org to report their vaccination status.

Information on the number of cases of SARS CoV-2 involving VBO personnel is available here.

  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs, the Host Country or the Host City.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all past updates and guidelines, including on the procedure for obtaining EU Digital COVID Certificates, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages.
  • No log-in is needed.
  • Link to the site:

https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The legal text on COVID-19 measures in Austria from 1 November (3. COVID-19 Massnahmenverordnung) is available here (in German).
  • The text distinguishes between the following different types of low epidemiological risk:
  • “1G" (vaccinated)
  • “2G" (vaccinated or recovered)
  • “2.5G" (vaccinated, recovered or PCR-tested) and
  • “3G" (vaccinated, recovered or tested, including PCR-, antigen test (not accepted in Vienna), school test pass valid 7 days if all tests completed, or antibodies test valid 90 days).
  • Wherever access is limited to one of the above by this decree, the responsible person may check for name, date of birth, validity of the certificate and barcode/QR code, as well as the identity of the person being checked.
  • Reproduction or storage of the certificates or personal data contained in these is not allowed, with the exception of contact tracing, nor is processing of data obtained in the identity check. 
  • Employees may access the workplace only if they have evidence of meeting one of the “3G" criteria. This applies if physical contact with other people at the workplace cannot be ruled out. The above applies also to work at external locations except for work from home.
  • Employers with more than 51 employees must have a COVID-19 prevention concept.
  • Employers can adopt further requirements on masks and low epidemiological risk beyond those in this text for specific reasons.
  • The Austrian Government announced an update to its plan for future COVID-19-related measures based on intensive care unit (ICU) occupancy numbers extending it from the three to five steps. The Government's now five-step plan for future measures determined by ICU occupancy are:
  • Step 1: COVID-related ICU occupancy of 200 beds:
    • FFP2 masks are mandatory where masks have been required in public transport and essential retail;
    • FFP2 masks recommended also in non-essential retail for all, and mandatory for people not vaccinated;
    • Antigen tests valid 24 hours, rather than 48 (nationwide). This does not apply to tests done in schools;
    • 3G applies to all events with more than 25 people, rather than 100;
    • Full vaccinations are valid for 360 days rather 270 days.
  • Step 2: COVID-related ICU occupancy of 300 beds:
    • If this threshold is reached, night clubs, as well as large events (from 500 non-seated), would be accessible only to those vaccinated or recovered.
    • Home antigen tests would no longer be accepted as evidence of 3G (nationwide).
  • Step 3: COVID-related ICU occupancy of 400 beds:
    • Only PCR tests will be accepted as valid tests, in addition to vaccination and recovery (in other words; vaccinated, recovered, PCR-tested).
  • Step 4: COVID-related ICU occupancy of 500 beds:
    • “2G", where access is only for those vaccinated or recovered to apply wherever 3G currently applied. In the workplace, 2.5G (vaccinated, recovered or PCR-tested) would still apply at this step.
  • Step 5: COVID-related ICU occupancy of 600 beds:
    • Limitations on leaving the house would be reintroduced for those not vaccinated or recovered, with exceptions for meeting basic needs and going to work.
  • Austria is at Step 1 of this plan (ICU occupancy 200 or over). Several provinces, including Vienna, already have additional measures in place beyond these outlined in Step 1. The legal text (in German) of additional measures in Vienna is available here.  
  • Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein said Step 3 might immediately follow Step 1 later this week or early next week, as he expected ICU occupancy to reach 400 around that time.
  • Also, the Health Minister has told media that from 15 November, the 2.5G rule (vaccinated, recovered or PCR-tested) would be applied to the workplace (where the 3G rule applies from 1 November).
  • The COVID-19 situation in Austria nationwide is classified as “Red" (very high risk) according to the traffic light system of the Austrian COVID-19 advisory commission. Vienna and Burgenland provinces are classified as “Orange" (high risk), while all other provinces are classified as “Red". 
  • The latest update to the legal text (in German) on entering Austria is available here.
  • There is information on Austria's overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna's programme in German with links to other languages, including English.
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English and German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 14:00.
  • Austria's national vaccination dashboard is online here in English and German. It works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • DISCLAIMER: The VBOs cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of the summaries in this update. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts and to make their own checks before travelling.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL (includes 24/7 COVID-19 helpline):

https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/info-for-un-staff

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS:​

Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today's update:​ 

1.       Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations 

2.       Latest Austrian developments and measures 

NOTE: New items in bold 

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO 

The Executive Heads of the main VIC-based organizations have decided that from 1 October 2021, everyone entering the VIC must meet the Host Country's criteria for posing a low epidemiological risk. 

The Executive Heads reached their decision to introduce these enhanced measures on recommendations from the VBOs and VIC Medical Service to protect the health and safety of all at the VIC. The measures are in line with the Austrian authorities' increased focus on vaccination and ensuring low epidemiological risk. The Executive Heads' decision follows consultations with Staff Council representatives. 

From 1 October, by swiping their grounds pass/badge, every person entering the VIC will be confirming they have proof they meet at least one of these criteria. 

They will also be confirming they will provide valid digital or paper documentation to UN Security and Safety Service (UNSSS) officers and the VIC Medical Service on request. VBOs may ask their respective personnel or meetings participants to provide valid documentation. 

Our Host Country defines low epidemiological risk as meeting one or more of the following criteria, broadly referred to in German as “3G" - “geimpft, genesen, getestet," or “vaccinated, recovered, tested" in English: 

  • proof of a full vaccination with a vaccine not older than 360 days and valid from the date of second vaccination, or proof of full vaccination with a vaccine that does not require a second dose (e.g. Johnson & Johnson) not older than 360 days and valid from the 22nd day after vaccination; or proof of one vaccination dose not older than 360 days following a positive PCR test or positive antibodies test
  • a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 illness not older than 180 days, or proof of    

       positive COVID-19 antibody test (with a result of 15 BAU or above) not older than 90 days.

  • proof of a negative PCR test not older than 48 hours (as applied in Vienna), or a rapid antigen test not older than 24 hours, or a valid test pass issued under the testing programme in schools. [Note: this does not apply to kindergarten children, including those at the VIC kindergarten] 

Vaccines provide a high degree of protection against getting seriously ill and dying from this disease and all personnel are again strongly encouraged to vaccinate against COVID-19. 

Accurate information on the vaccination status of personnel is necessary to assess the risk at the workplace and adopt appropriate mitigation strategies. UN Secretariat personnel are already required to record their vaccination status, including through the EarthMed Portal. The Executive Heads of the IAEA, UNIDO and CTBTO have decided to make this reporting requirement mandatory for personnel working for their respective organizations as well. 

All IAEA, UNIDO and CTBTO personnel, vaccinated or not, are required to report their COVID-19 vaccination status by 15 October 2021. The deadline for UN Secretariat personnel remains 30 September. All personnel with access to the EarthMed Portal  should record their vaccination status there. The steps to do so can be found in the update from 22 July, which is available herePersonnel who do not have access to EarthMed can contact the VIC Medical Service atMedical-Admin.Contact-Point@iaea.org to report their vaccination status. 

From 1 October 2021, FFP2 masks will be mandatory in all areas at the VIC where masks are required. These include meeting rooms, security entrance and exit gates and all other common spaces in the VIC, including corridors, elevators, rest rooms, the Rotunda, kitchens, the Commissary, banks, pharmacy and the post office. Masks are not required when seated in an office or when seated in the cafeteria. 

[Note: The requirements for masks until 1 October are outlined in the Update dated 14 September.] 

Updated meetings guidelines will be issued for 1 October to reflect the new measures. 

The maximum number of people in each elevator across the VIC is eight. 

Information on the number of cases of SARS CoV-2 involving VBO personnel is availablehere. 

  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs, the Host Country or the Host City.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all past updates and guidelines, including on the procedure for obtaining EU Digital COVID Certificates, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages.
  • No log-in is needed.

VIC Medical Service update and reminders: 

Note to VIC personnel with children at school: 

If a child in class tests positive, then other children in the same class would be considered K1 or K2. The parent or parents of a child designated K1 or K2 would be able to come to the workplace if the child and adult or adults have no symptoms. Household members of a K1 child would have to wear an FFP2 mask outside the home. 

If the child at home develops symptoms or tests positive, then the parent or parents are classified either K1 if not vaccinated or K2 if vaccinated.  For K1, this means quarantine or work from home. For K2, the parent or parents should get tested again and if the PCR test is negative, they can come to work. Testing is recommended also on day 5 and day 10.

​The City of Vienna is offering vaccinations without prior booking at a number of sites. An updated list of locations is available here(in German). 

Taking part in a national vaccinationprogramme is in line with the practice of the other UN system organizations. As part of ouroccupational health measures, personnel from VBOs are able to inform the VIC Medical Service when they are completely vaccinated, through EarthMed Portal. The steps to do so can be found in the update from 22 July, which is available here. 

While all VIC personnel are strongly encouraged to record their vaccination in EarthMed, please note it is now mandatory for UN Secretariat personnel to register their vaccination status through the portal. 

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here. 

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • In a televised briefing on Tuesday the Mayor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig, said Vienna would amend the specific measures in place in the city that are in addition to the Austrian national measures.
  • The new measures for Vienna are to come into force on 1 October, according to the Mayor, for a period of one month. 
  • According to the new measures, in Vienna the “2G" principle (vaccinated or recovered, or “geimpft oder genesen" in German) would be applied for access to some areas, and the “2.5G" principle (vaccinated, recovered or PCR-tested) would be applied in other areas. The changes are as follows:
    • Nightclubs and bars: 2G for customers, 2.5G for staff
    • 2G at events or gatherings with 500 people or more
    • 2.5G for events or gatherings with 25 people or more
    • 2.5G in restaurants
    • 2.5G in all areas where 3G applies to date
  • FFP2 masks will be required in the entire retail sector in Vienna for customers
  • No changes planned to the current rules in place in Vienna for children under 12.
  • The legal text on nationwide measures in Austria (“2. COVID-19 Massnahmenverordnung“), with updates, is available here.
  • The legal text on specific additional measures in place in Vienna is availablehere. The legal text on the measures planned in Vienna from 1 October is not yet available.
  • The latest update to the legal text (in German) on entering Austria is availablehere.
  • There is information on Austria's overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna's programme in German with links to other languages, including English.
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English and German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 14:00.
  • Austria's national vaccination dashboard is online here in English and German. It works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • DISCLAIMER: The VBOs cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of the summaries in this update. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts and to make their own checks before travelling. ​ 

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL (includes 24/7 COVID-19 helpline): 

https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/info-for-un-staff 

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS:

Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today's update:

  • ​Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations 
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

NOTE: New items in bold

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

The Mayor of Vienna announced today planned changes to the measures for Vienna that are to come into force on 1 October. The VBOs are reviewing these and will advise what impact they will have at the VIC.

Information on the number of cases of SARS CoV-2 involving VBO personnel is available here.

  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs, the Host Country or the Host City.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all past updates and guidelines, including on the procedure for obtaining EU Digital COVID Certificates, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages.
  • No log-in is needed.
  • Link to the site: 

https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

VIC Medical Service update and reminders:

The City of Vienna is offering vaccinations without prior booking at a number of sites. An updated list of locations is available here (in German).

Taking part in a national vaccination programme is in line with the practice of the other UN system organizations. As part of our occupational health measures, personnel from VBOs are able to inform the VIC Medical Service when they are completely vaccinated, through EarthMed Portal. The steps to do so can be found in the update from 22 July, which is available here.

While all VIC personnel are strongly encouraged to record their vaccination in EarthMed, please note it is now mandatory for UN Secretariat personnel to register their vaccination status through the portal.

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • In a televised briefing on Tuesday the Mayor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig, said Vienna would amend the specific measures in place in the city that are in addition to the Austrian national measures.
  • The new measures for Vienna are to come into force on 1 October, according to the Mayor, for a period of one month. 
  • According to the new measures, in Vienna the “2G" principle (vaccinated or recovered, or “geimpft oder genesen" in German) would be applied for access to some areas, and the “2.5G" principle (vaccinated, recovered or PCR-tested) would be applied in other areas. The changes are as follows:
    • Nightclubs and bars: 2G for customers, 2.5G for staff
    • 2G at events or gatherings with 500 people or more
    • 2.5G for events or gatherings with 25 people or more
    • 2.5G in restaurants
    • 2.5G in all areas where 3G applies to date
  • FFP2 masks will be required in the entire retail sector in Vienna for customers
  • No changes planned to the current rules in place in Vienna for children under 12.
  • The legal text on nationwide measures in Austria (“2. COVID-19 Massnahmenverordnung“), with updates, is available here.
  • The legal text on specific additional measures in place in Vienna is available here. The legal text on the measures planned in Vienna from 1 October is not yet available.
  • The latest update to the legal text (in German) on entering Austria is available here.
  • There is information on Austria's overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna's programme in German with links to other languages, including English.
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English and German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 14:00.
  • Austria's national vaccination dashboard is online here in English and German. It works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • DISCLAIMER: The VBOs cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of the summaries in this update. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts and to make their own checks before travelling.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL (includes 24/7 COVID-19 helpline):

https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/info-for-un-staff

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS:

​Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

Vienna International Centre COVID-19 update – 14 September 2021

In today's update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations 
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

NOTE: New items in bold

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

 Anyone entering the VIC - including VIC personnel, diplomats and meeting participants - is strongly encouraged to ensure that they meet the criteria for posing a low epidemiological risk as defined by the Host Country legislation.

Also, from 15 September, in line with guidance of the Host Country and recommendations of the VIC Medical Service, conference participants are required to comply with the low epidemiological risk criteria at meetings, conferences and events with 25 or more participants.

By swiping their grounds pass/badge, these meeting participants entering the VIC will be declaring that they possess valid documentation meeting one or more of the 3G criteria as defined below. They will also confirm that they will produce the documentation to the conference, meeting and event organizers, organizations or VIC Medical Service if required.

According to the Host Country, low epidemiological risk applies to people older than 12 and is defined as meeting one or more of the following criteria, broadly referred to in German as “3G" - “geimpft, getestet, genesen" or “vaccinated, tested, recovered" in English:

  • proof of a negative PCR test not older than 48 hours, or a rapid antigen test not older than 24 hours;
  • proof of a full vaccination not older than 360 days and valid from the date of second vaccination, or proof of full vaccination with a vaccine that does not require a booster shot (e.g. Johnson & Johnson) not older than 360 days and valid from the 22nd day after vaccination; or
  • a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 illness not older than 180 days, or proof of positive COVID-19 antibody test (with a result of 15 BAU or above) not older than 90 days.

Latest guidance from the VIC Medical Service on organizing in-person meetings at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) is available here.

Personnel, delegates and visitors to the VIC are reminded that masks must always be worn in meeting rooms and in all other common spaces in the VIC, including corridors, elevators, the Rotunda and kitchens. The use of a FFP2 mask is, as of the 15 September, generally recommended and mandatory at the Commissary, banks, pharmacy and the post office.

All those at the VIC are reminded that the maximum number of people in each elevator is four.

Greater vigilance and adherence to the measures at the VIC are crucial for the health and well-being of everyone, including in our Host Country.

Information on the number of cases of SARS CoV-2 involving VBO personnel is available here.

  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs, the Host Country or the Host City.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all past updates and guidelines, including on the procedure for obtaining EU Digital COVID Certificates, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages.
  • No log-in is needed.
  • Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

VIC Medical Service update and reminders:

The City of Vienna is offering vaccinations without prior booking at a number of sites. An updated list of locations is available here (in German).

Taking part in a national vaccination programme is in line with the practice of the other UN system organizations. As part of our occupational health measures, personnel from VBOs are able to inform the VIC Medical Service when they are completely vaccinated, through EarthMed Portal. The steps to do so can be found in the update from 22 July, which is available here.

While all VIC personnel are strongly encouraged to record their vaccination in EarthMed, please note it is now mandatory for UN Secretariat personnel to register their vaccination status through the portal.

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Step 1: In force from 15 September when COVID-related ICU occupancy is expected to reach 10 per cent (200 beds): (NOTE: the figure on Tuesday was 189 beds):
  • FFP2 masks are mandatory where masks have been required in public transport and essential retail;
  • FFP2 masks recommended also in non-essential retail for all, and mandatory for people not vaccinated;
  • Antigen tests valid 24 hours, rather than 48 (nationwide). This does not apply to tests done in schools;
  • 3G applies to all events with more than 25 people, rather than 100;
  • Full vaccinations are valid for 360 days rather 270 days.
  • Step 2: COVID-related ICU occupancy 15 per cent (300 beds):
    • If this threshold is reached, night clubs, as well as large events (from 500 non-seated), would be accessible only to those vaccinated or recovered.
    • Home antigen tests would no longer be accepted as evidence of 3G (nationwide).
  • Step 3: COVID-related ICU occupancy 20 per cent (400 beds):
    • Only PCR tests will be accepted as valid tests to meet 3G requirements, in addition to vaccination and recovery (in other words; vaccinated, recovered, PCR-tested).
  • The legal text on measures in Austria (“2. COVID-19 Öffnungsverordnung,“ with updates) is available here.
  • The legal text on specific additional measures in Vienna is available here.
  • The latest update to the legal text (in German) on entering Austria is available here.
  • There is information on Austria's overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna's programme in German with links to other languages, including English.
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English and German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 14:00.
  • Austria's national vaccination dashboard is online here in English and German. It works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • DISCLAIMER: The VBOs cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of the summaries in this update. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts and to make their own checks before travelling.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL (includes 24/7 COVID-19 helpline):

https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/info-for-un-staff

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS:​

Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org


In today's update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations 
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

NOTE: New items in bold

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Information on the number of cases of SARS CoV-2 involving VBO personnel is available here.

  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs, the Host Country or the Host City.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all past updates and guidelines, including on the procedure for obtaining EU Digital COVID Certificates, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages.
  • No log-in is needed.
  • Link to the site:

https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

VIC Medical Service update and reminders:

The VIC Medical Service has issued updated guidelines for organizing in-person meetings at the VIC. They are available here.

The VIC Medical Service reminds staff that masks must always be worn in meeting rooms and in all other common spaces in the VIC, including corridors, elevators, the Rotunda and kitchens, as well as the Commissary, banks and the post office.

The City of Vienna is offering vaccinations without prior booking at a number of sites. An updated list of locations is available here.

Taking part in a national vaccination programme is in line with the practice of the other UN system organizations. As part of our occupational health measures, personnel from VBOs are encouraged to inform the VIC Medical Service when they are completely vaccinated, through EarthMed Portal. The steps to do so can be found in the update from 22 July, which is available here.

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • In a televised briefing on Wednesday, Education Minister Heinz Faßmann and Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein provided details on how the return to school would be handled.
  • Mückstein said the priority was to prevent school closures.
  • Providing more details on the government's four-point plan for returning to school, Faßmann said:
    • The installation of an early warning system is in full swing. Wastewater analysis is a valuable tool to track infections. PCR tests from 300 selected schools, testing one class at a time, would be an additional way to identify regional hotspots. 
    • Testing: school students will be tested once a week using a non-invasive PCR test (Alles spült, or roughly translated "Everyone swills"), similar to the gargling test used in Vienna. In the initial three-week safety phase, there will be three tests a week. There may be a fourth test in Vienna. Test results will be recorded in the children's "Ninja Pass", which is their 3G proof. The frequency of testing after the safety phase will be based on the latest official epidemiological assessments.
    • Vaccination: this is decided by the federal provinces, but all those eligible are encouraged to get vaccinated. 
    • Air purification systems are being installed where ventilation is difficult.
  • In a televised briefing on Tuesday, Mayor Michael Ludwig said the City of Vienna would shorten the validity period of tests for access from 1 September: PCR tests from 72 to 48 hours, except for children under the age of 12, and antigen tests from 48 to 24 hours.
  • Ludwig emphasized the pandemic was not over. He said he believed there would be strongly rising numbers in the autumn because of more indoor activities, including schools, as well as the effect of the Delta variant.
  • Vaccination was the best protection, said the Mayor, although he was against mandatory vaccination. He said he hoped more people would get vaccinated as they return from their holidays.
  • In response to questions, the Mayor said possible further measures such as "1G" (vaccinated-only) access or mandatory FFP2 masks would be considered, also depending on decisions of the Federal Government. The key indicator would be the occupancy of hospitals and intensive care units.
  • The Mayor said the City would continue to offer testing free of charge for the time being.
  • The legal text on measures in place from 18 August in Austria is available here.
  • The latest update to the legal text (in German) on entering Austria is available here.
  • Austria's national vaccination dashboard is online here in English and German. It works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • There is information on Austria's overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna's programme in German with links to other languages, including English.
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English and German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 14:00.
  • DISCLAIMER: The VBOs cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of the summaries in this update. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts and to make their own checks before travelling.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL (includes 24/7 COVID-19 helpline):

https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/info-for-un-staff

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS:

Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today's update: 

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations 
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures 

NOTE: New items in bold 

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO 

Information on the number of cases of SARS CoV-2 involving VBO personnel is available here. 

  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs, the Host Country or the Host City.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all past updates and guidelines, including on the procedure for obtaining EU Digital COVID Certificates, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages.
  • No log-in is needed.
  • Link to the site: 

https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx  

VIC Medical Service update and reminders: 

The VIC Medical Service has issued updated guidelines for organizing in-person meetings at the VIC. They are available here. 

The VIC Medical Service reminds staff that masks must always be worn in meeting rooms and in all other common spaces in the VIC, including corridors, elevators, the Rotunda and kitchens, as well as the Commissary, banks and the post office.

The City of Vienna is offering vaccinations without prior booking at a number of sites and on two buses that are making stops around the city. A list of locations and a link to the bus routes is available here

Taking part in a national vaccination programme is in line with the practice of the other UN system organizations. As part of our occupational health measures, personnel from VBOs are encouraged to inform the VIC Medical Service when they are completely vaccinated, through EarthMed Portal. The steps to do so can be found in the update from 22 July, which is available here.

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES: 

  • In a televised briefing on Wednesday, Education Minister Heinz Fassmann and experts presented plans for the coming school year.
  • Fassmann said there was one declared policy goal: in-person schooling at all school types and levels.
  • This goal would be pursued using a four-point plan: vaccination, testing, air filtering and an early-warning system.
  • The early-warning system will consist of regional wastewater analysis to monitor for the virus locally, combined with testing at 300 selected schools that would regularly report data. This system would help identify local measures at schools.
  • During the first two weeks of the school year, there would be a "safety phase" in all schools with three weekly tests at school, including PCR tests using a mouth wash technique called "Alles spült" to be introduced in schools to be used at least once a week, in combination with antigen tests on other days. The "Alles spült" tests are modelled on existing "Alles gurgelt" tests first introduced in Vienna, but children will swill the solution in their closed mouths rather than gargling with open mouths. This will help avoid water droplets spreading.
  • The Education Minister added that the different provinces, including Vienna, may use different testing plans. Also, those vaccinated will have to participate in the tests during the safety phase. Masks will also have to be worn in schools, although they can be removed when children are seated in the classroom.
  • Details for the time after the two-week safety phase will be announced at a later stage, including on the test plans at schools. It is envisaged, for example, that vaccinated students would no longer have to be tested after the safety phase.
  • Vaccinations are a central element of the strategy. Vaccination buses are offering vaccinations at summer schools. The more students and staff who are vaccinated, the safer the schools will be, Fassmann said. So far, 19 per cent of 12- to 15-year-olds and 45 per cent of 16- to 19-year-olds have received at least one shot.
  • Air filters are to be installed in schools as an additional measure, but only in specific rooms where regular ventilation is not possible or where there are heightened aerosol levels, such as in music rooms.
  • Recommendations for kindergartens are also planned. These recommendations are under development and it is planned to publish them later this month.
  • The legal text on measures in place from 22 July in Austria is available here.
  • Updated information on SARS-CoV2 cases in Austria can be found in English and German on the COVID Dashboard of the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) available here
  • The latest updates to the legal text (in German) on entering Austria are available here and here
  • Austria's national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • There is information on Austria's overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna's programme in German.
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English and German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 14:00.
  • DISCLAIMER: The VBOs cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of the summaries in this update. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts and to make their own checks before travelling.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL (includes 24/7 COVID-19 helpline): 

https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/info-for-un-staff 

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: 

Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today's update: 

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations 
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures 

NOTE: New items in bold 

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO 

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES: 

Weekly updates on the number of cases of SARS CoV-2 involving VBO personnel will no longer be issued. Updated information will remain available here. 

  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs, the Host Country or the Host City.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all past updates and guidelines, including on the procedure for obtaining EU Digital COVID Certificates, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages.
  • No log-in is needed.
  • Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx  

VIC Medical Service update and reminders: 

The vaccination service of the City of Vienna announced that people may choose between BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines from now on when making an appointment. (For those aged 12-18 only BioNTech/Pfizer is administered.) 

The City of Vienna is offering vaccinations without prior booking:

  • At the film festival on Rathausplatz, 3 July - 4 September, 17:00 – 22:00, using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for those 18-plus and the BioNTech Pfizer vaccine for those under 18.
  • On Donauinsel near the U6 station Neue Donau, Fridays 14:00 - 22:00 and Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 – 22:00, using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for those 18-plus and the BioNTech Pfizer vaccine for those under 18. 

Taking part in a national vaccination programme is in line with the practice of the other UN system organizations. In this context, and as part of our occupational health measures, personnel from VBOs are encouraged to inform the VIC Medical Service when they are completely vaccinated, through EarthMed Portal by following these steps:

    • From your official email address go to: https://medical.un.org/earthmedportal/
    • Click on the logo of your organization
    • Click on "Questionnaire"
    • Choose the questionnaire "COVID-19 Vaccination self-reporting"
    • Fill in the required information and upload your documentation as indicated.
    • Press "submit".

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here. 

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES: 

  • The City of Vienna announced that from Thursday, 22 July, masks will still be required in all shops and other retail premises as well as at indoor cultural venues, including cinemas.
  • From Thursday, all Austria's other provinces will not require masks, except, for example, in essential services such as supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and post offices. 
  • The legal text on measures in place from 22 July in Austria is available here.
  • Updated information on SARS-CoV2 cases in Austria can be found in English and German on the COVID Dashboard of the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) available here
  • The latest updates to the legal text (in German) on entering Austria are available here and here
  • Austria's national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • There is information on Austria's overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna's programme in German.
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English and German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 14:00. 
  • DISCLAIMER: The VBOs cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of the summaries in this update. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts and to make their own checks before travelling. 

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL (includes 24/7 COVID-19 helpline): 

https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/info-for-un-staff 

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: 

Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today's update: 

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations 
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures 

NOTE: New items in bold 

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO 

Since Monday 12 July, the VIC Medical Service has been notified that two people who work for VBOs tested positive for SARS CoV-2. One person works for UNIDO and the other one for IAEA. Close contacts of one person who tested positive for SARS CoV-2 have been informed. For the other person there was no workplace exposure. When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. Weekly textual updates will be provided, usually on Mondays. 

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

Important reminders: 

  • VIC personnel in a position to do so are strongly encouraged to get fully vaccinated. This is particularly important given the more transmissible Delta variant.
  • Those not yet fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to get tested regularly, as recommended by the Austrian authorities.
  • Anyone entering the VIC - including VIC personnel, diplomats or conference participants - is strongly encouraged to ensure that they meet the criteria for posing a low epidemiological risk as defined by the Host Country legislation.
  • Additionally, in line with Host Country legislation and recommendations of the VIC Medical Service, conference participants are required to comply with the low epidemiological risk criteria at meetings, conferences or events with 100 or more participants.  
  • By swiping their grounds pass/badge, such participants entering the VIC will be declaring that they possess valid documentation meeting one or more of the 3G criteria as defined below. They will also confirm that they will produce the documentation to the conference, meeting or event organizers, organizations or VIC Medical Service if required.

According to Austrian law, low epidemiological risk is defined as meeting one or more of the following criteria, broadly referred to in German as "3G" - "geimpft, getestet, genesen" or "vaccinated, tested, recovered" in English:

·                    proof of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours, or a rapid antigen test not older than 48 hours

·                    proof of COVID-19 vaccination between 22 days and 90 days after the first dose, or proof of a full vaccination not older than 270 days (see below on rule from 15 August); or

·                    a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 illness not older than 180 days, or proof of positive COVID-19 antibody test (with a result of 15 BAU or above) not older than 90 days. 

COVID Vaccination Certificates to facilitate travel 

International vaccination booklet:

 - Entry of the vaccination into the international vaccination booklet (yellow booklet) is globally the most widely accepted certificate for vaccination for international travel. This proof of vaccination is also valid for travel within many countries in the EU. However, travellers should check the exact requirements for their destination country or countries. 

- If you received your vaccination in Austria, your vaccination should normally have been entered into your yellow booklet. If the proof of COVID vaccination was not entered into your booklet, VIC Medical Service can transfer vaccinations received by VBO personnel outside Austria into the yellow booklet, based on valid documentation provided (CDC cards, NHS vaccination cards, etc.). 

EU Digital COVID Certificates:

- As an alternative to the yellow booklet, an EU Digital COVID Certificate (including an EU-compliant QR code) has been created to further simplify travel within the EU, the EEA countries and Switzerland. The EU Digital COVID Certificates issued in Austria are implemented in accordance with the EU requirements (including related QR code) in both analogue (printed) and digital form. 

Personnel with an Austrian social security number and/or an ecard, i.e. individuals who are covered under the Austrian health insurance scheme, would normally be sent an EU Digital Certificate related to their COVID vaccination via email and/or by regular mail. Printouts can also be obtained free of charge from most pharmacies (including the pharmacy at the VIC), doctors, service points of the Austrian health insurance (ÖGK) and municipal offices. Printouts are also available from the vaccination service at the Austria Center. 

Personnel without an Austrian social security number who have been vaccinated by the City of Vienna (e.g. the vaccination campaign for the diplomatic community) must first be entered into the registry and obtain an Austrian social security number in order to obtain the EU Digital COVID Certificate and are advised to follow these steps (Details of the process, required information and points of contact can be found here):

  1. Submit an application to the Federal Ministry for Digitization and Business Location (Bundesministerium für Digitalisierung und Wirtschaftsstandort) for an entry into the supplementary register for natural persons (Ergänzungsregister für natürliche Personen - ERnP).  Personnel with a valid "Meldezettel" may skip this step (Note: a legitimation card is not considered a "Meldezettel".)
  2. Once registration has been completed, submit an application to the Austrian Health Insurance Fund (ÖGK) requesting a social security number.
  3. When a social security number has been provided, a request to retroactively record the vaccination into the electronic vaccination record (ELGA) can be submitted to the City of Vienna. This will enable a printout of the EU Digital Certificate with a QR code to be obtained free of charge, e.g. in pharmacies or directly at the Austria Centre (as noted above). 


- Personnel vaccinated outside of Austria should consult the vaccination authority of the place of vaccination regarding eligibility for the EU Digital COVID Certificate. Only vaccines approved by the EU are eligible for inclusion in the EU Digital COVID Certificate. 

- The EU Digital COVID Certificate for COVID tests performed by authorized bodies in Austria (pharmacies, test lanes, laboratories, "Alles Gurgelt, etc.) is also available. Test certificates are issued with an EU-compliant QR code and can, as required, also be used to facilitate travel within Europe. Finally, in accordance with EU requirements, the EU Digital Certificate standard can also be used for recovery certificates. 

Handy Signature for a Digital EU "Green Pass":

- Although not required, personnel may also choose to store their "EU Digital COVID Certificate" in digital form. The EU standard QR code contains the relevant information regarding vaccination or test and a clear printout of this code enables retrieval. The QR code can also be stored in a "digital wallet" that Austria and several European countries have launched as a "Green Pass". After downloading the App you can scan the QR code of a "EU Digital COVID Certificate". The Austrian App ("Gruene Pass") can also load the electronic files that are available from the Austrian centrally stored 3G records (ELGA). To obtain access to the Austrian centrally stored 3G records, a mobile phone signature – "Handy Signature" is required. This can be obtained with a valid national passport and an Austrian cell phone from any of the following:

-          At the Vienna Service Office in the VIC:

Vienna Service Office C-OE14

Vienna International Centre

Phone          +43 1 26026 4234,  +43 1 4000 82577

Mobile:          +43 676 811 800 980

E-Mail:           ViennaServiceOffice@wien.gv.at

Office hours: Monday to Wednesday, Friday 08:00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.

-          At any registration office ( locations can be found at https://www.handy-signatur.at/hs2/#!infos/getyourhandysignatur-registration)

-          The City of Vienna has set up a walk-in registration office in the Volkshalle in the City Hall (opening hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 am - 5:00 pm). No pre-registration is necessary here!

-          In the district offices of the City of Vienna with pre-registration!

-          Stores of the mobile phone provider A1

- Once this is done, it is possible to access the digital "Green Pass," register in the Austrian health care system at https://www.gesundheit.gv.at/service/gruener-pass/hilfe using social security number and mobile phone signature.
 

VIC Medical Service update and reminders: 

The City of Vienna is offering vaccinations without prior booking:

  • At the film festival on Rathausplatz, 3 July - 4 September, 17:00 – 22:00, using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for those 18-plus and the BioNTech Pfizer vaccine for those under 18.
  • On Donauinsel near the U6 station Neue Donau, Fridays 14:00 - 22:00 and Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 – 22:00, using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for those 18-plus and the BioNTech Pfizer vaccine for those under 18. 

Taking part in a national vaccination programme is in line with the practice of the other UN system organizations. In this context, and as part of our occupational health measures, personnel from VBOs are encouraged to inform the VIC Medical Service when they are completely vaccinated, through EarthMed Portal by following these steps:

    • From your official email address go to: https://medical.un.org/earthmedportal/
    • Click on the logo of your organization
    • Click on "Questionnaire"
    • Choose the questionnaire "COVID-19 Vaccination self-reporting"
    • Fill in the required information and upload your documentation as indicated.
    • Press "submit".

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here. 

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES: 

  • Late last week, the Austrian Government announced targeted measures aimed at reducing the rise in infections, some 90 per cent of which are the Delta variant.
  • From Thursday, 22 July:
  • To enter restaurants, bars and clubs operating at night either a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours or proof of vaccination will be required.
  • From Sunday, 15 August:
  • Full vaccination will be needed as proof of low epidemiological risk. This means from the day of the second shot of a two-dose vaccination or 22 days after the single-jab Johnson & Johnson vaccination. (The requirements for tests and proof of recovery are not scheduled to change.)
  • The legal text on measures in place from 22 July in Austria is available here.
  • The latest figures from the Austrian agency for health and food safety (AGES) show 31.1 per cent of new cases reported in the week 5-11 July were linked to travel, compared with 25.3 per cent the week before. Household infections were 33.4 per cent and 49.4 percent respectively.
  • The legal text on additional measures in place from 1 July in Vienna is available here.
  • The latest updates to the legal text (in German) on entering Austria are available here and here
  • Austria's national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • There is information on Austria's overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna's programme in German.
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English and German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 14:00. 
  • DISCLAIMER: The VBOs cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of the summaries in this update. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts and to make their own checks before travelling. 

 NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES: 

  • Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages.
  • No log-in is needed.
  • Link to the site: 

https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx 

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL (includes 24/7 COVID-19 helpline): 

https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/info-for-un-staff 

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: 

Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today's update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations 
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

NOTE: New items in bold

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Since Monday 5 July until 12 July, the VIC Medical Service has been notified that four people who work for VBOs tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Two work for UNIDO, one for UNOV/UNODC and one for IAEA. There was no workplace exposure. When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. Weekly textual updates will be provided, usually on Mondays.

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

COVID Vaccination Certificates to facilitate travel

International vaccination booklet:

 - Entry of the vaccination into the international vaccination booklet (yellow booklet) is globally the most widely accepted certificate for vaccination for international travel. This proof of vaccination is also valid for travel within the EU. 

- If you received your vaccination in Austria, your vaccination should normally have been entered into your yellow booklet. If the proof of COVID vaccination was not entered into your booklet, VIC Medical Service offers to transfer vaccinations from outside Austria into the yellow booklet, based on valid documentation provided (CDC cards, NHS vaccination cards, etc.). 

EU Digital COVID Certificates:

- As an alternative to the yellow booklet, an EU Digital COVID Certificate (including an EU-compliant QR code) has been created to further simplify travel within the EU, the EEA countries and Switzerland. The EU Digital COVID Certificates issued in Austria are implemented in accordance with the EU requirements (including related QR code) in both analogue (printed) and digital form. 

Personnel with an Austrian social security number and/or an ecard, i.e. individuals who are covered under the Austrian health insurance scheme, would normally be sent an EU Digital Certificate related to their COVID vaccination via email and/or by regular mail. Printouts can also be obtained free of charge from most pharmacies (including the pharmacy at the VIC), doctors, service points of the Austrian health insurance (ÖGK) and municipal offices. Printouts are also available from the vaccination service at the Austria Center. 

Personnel without an Austrian social security number who have been vaccinated by the City of Vienna (e.g. the vaccination campaign for the diplomatic community) must first be entered into the registry and obtain an Austrian social security number in order to obtain the EU Digital COVID Certificate and are advised to follow these steps (Details of the process, required information and points of contact can be found here):

1.      Submit an application to the Federal Ministry for Digitization and Business Location (Bundesministerium für Digitalisierung und Wirtschaftsstandort) for an entry into the supplementary register for natural persons (Ergänzungsregister für natürliche Personen - ERnP).  Personnel with a valid "Meldezettel" may skip this step (Note: a legitimation card is not considered a "Meldezettel".)

2.       Once registration has been completed, submit an application to the Austrian Health Insurance Fund (ÖGK) requesting a social security number.

3.       When a social security number has been provided, a request to retroactively record the vaccination into the electronic vaccination record (ELGA) can be submitted to the City of Vienna. This will enable a printout of the EU Digital Certificate with a QR code to be obtained free of charge, e.g. in pharmacies or directly at the Austria Centre (as noted above). 

- Personnel vaccinated outside of Austria should consult the vaccination authority of the place of vaccination regarding eligibility for the EU Digital COVID Certificate. Only vaccines approved by the EU are eligible for inclusion in the EU Digital COVID Certificate. 

- The EU Digital COVID Certificate for COVID tests performed by authorized bodies in Austria (pharmacies, test lanes, laboratories, "Alles Gurgelt, etc.) is also available. Test certificates are issued with an EU-compliant QR code and can, as required, also be used to facilitate travel within Europe. Finally, in accordance with EU requirements, the EU Digital Certificate standard can also be used for recovery certificates. 

Handy Signature for a Digital EU "Green Pass":

- Although not required, personnel may also choose to store their "EU Digital COVID Certificate" in digital form. The EU standard QR code contains the relevant information regarding vaccination or test and a clear printout of this code enables retrieval. The QR code can also be stored in a "digital wallet" that Austria and several European countries have launched as a "Green Pass". After downloading the App you can scan the QR code of a "EU Digital COVID Certificate". The Austrian App ("Gruene Pass") can also load the electronic files that are available from the Austrian centrally stored 3G records (ELGA). To obtain access to the Austrian centrally stored 3G records, a mobile phone signature – "Handy Signature" is required. This can be obtained with a valid national passport and an Austrian cell phone from any of the following:

At the Vienna Service Office in the VIC:

Vienna Service Office C-OE14
Vienna International Centre

Phone:     +43 1 26026 4234,  +43 1 4000 82577
Mobile:    +43 676 811 800 980
E-Mail:      ViennaServiceOffice@wien.gv.at

Office hours: Monday to Wednesday, Friday 08:00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.

-          At any registration office ( locations can be found at https://www.handy-signatur.at/hs2/#!infos/getyourhandysignatur-registration)

-          The City of Vienna has set up a walk-in registration office in the Volkshalle in the City Hall (opening hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 am - 5:00 pm). No pre-registration is necessary here!

-          In the district offices of the City of Vienna with pre-registration!

-          Stores of the mobile phone provider A1

- Once this is done, it is possible to access the digital "Green Pass," register in the Austrian health care system at https://www.gesundheit.gv.at/service/gruener-pass/hilfe using social security number and mobile phone signature. 

VIC Medical Service update and reminders: 

Updated vaccination guidelines from the Austrian National Vaccination Council

Key points:

  • Vaccination after PCR-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection: Latest guidance provides that after laboratory-confirmed (by means of a PCR test) diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection, vaccination is recommended from approximately 4 weeks after infection or illness (after recovery) in order to ensure the best possible protection against the Delta variant.
  • A single vaccination is sufficient for people who have been infected, confirmed by PCR or neutralizing antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 (neutralization tests / corresponding NT correlates), even if the infection was more than 8 months ago. The use of one dose of a two-dose vaccine after recovery is not an official indication from the manufacturer but from an immunological point of view, this corresponds to a booster shot. According to Austrian authorities, studies show that those previously infected only need one vaccination to obtain protection comparable to that of non-previously infected, regularly vaccinated people following the regular vaccination schedule for the relevant vaccination. Please note that regardless of the medical / immunological assessment, for vaccines where 2 doses are normally recommended, a second dose may be required for some international travel. In such cases, individuals who would not otherwise need one, may be given a second dose to facilitate international travel. This would be given in line with the approved vaccination interval between the two doses and must be given if requested.  Those who have already recovered may experience an increased tendency to have vaccine side effects, if vaccinated twice. 

The City of Vienna is offering vaccinations without prior booking:

  • At the film festival on Rathausplatz, 3 July - 4 September, 17:00 – 22:00, using the Johnson&Johnson vaccine for those 18-plus and the Biontech Pfizer vaccine for those under 18.
  • On Donauinsel near the U6 station Neue Donau, Fridays 14:00 - 22:00 and Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 – 22:00, using the Johnson&Johnson vaccine for those 18-plus and the Biontech Pfizer vaccine for those under 18.
  • At the Austria Centre Vienna 12 – 18 July July 07:00 – 19:00 using the Johnson&Johnson vaccine for those 18-plus. 

Taking part in a national vaccination programme is in line with the practice of the other UN system organizations. In this context, and as part of our occupational health measures, personnel from VBOs are invited to inform the VIC Medical Service when they are completely vaccinated, through EarthMed Portal by following these steps:

    • From your official email address go to: https://medical.un.org/earthmedportal/
    • Click on the logo of your organization
    • Click on "Questionnaire"
    • Choose the questionnaire "COVID-19 Vaccination self-reporting"
    • Fill in the required information and upload your documentation as indicated.
    • Press "submit".

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here. 

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES: 

  • The legal text on measures in place from 1 July in Austria is available here.
  • The legal text on additional measures in place from 1 July in Vienna is available here.
  • A summary of both is available in the VBO update dated 30 June.
  • The text of the latest amendment to the Epidemics Law 1950 and the COVID-19 Measures Law is available (in German) here.
  • A new legal text on fines under the COVID-19 Measures Law, enabling the police to impose fines for not adhering to "3G" (vaccinated, tested, recovered) access rules is available here.
  • The latest updates to the legal text (in German) on entering Austria are available here and here
  • A summary is available in the VBO update dated 30 June.
  • Austria's national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • There is information on Austria's overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna's programme in German.
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English and German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 14:00.
  • DISCLAIMER: The VBOs cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of the summaries in this update. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts. 

 NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES: 

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL (includes 24/7 COVID-19 helpline): https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/info-for-un-staff 

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to sonja.wintersberger@un.org


In today's update: 

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations 
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures 

NOTE: New items in bold 

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO 

Further to the information on measures in place at the VIC from 1 July 2021 outlined in the VIC COVID-19 update dated 30 June, personnel are advised that:

  • Masks are not required outdoors, for example in the Plaza.
  • The maximum number of people allowed in each elevator remains four.
  • Masks must be worn at Security checkpoints whether on foot, in a vehicle or on a motorcycle or bicycle.

Since Tuesday 29 June, the VIC Medical Service has been notified that one person who works for VBOs tested positive for SARS CoV-2. The person works for UNIDO. There was no workplace exposure. When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. Weekly textual updates will be provided, usually on Mondays. 

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary. 

VIC Medical Service update and reminders: 

The City of Vienna is offering vaccinations without prior booking:

  • At the film festival on Rathausplatz, 3 July - 4 September, 17:00 – 22:00, using the Johnson&Johnson vaccine for those 18-plus and the Biontech Pfizer vaccine for those under 18.
  • At the Austria Centre Vienna 5-11 July 07:00 – 19:00 using the Astra Zeneca vaccine for those 18-plus.

The Austrian authorities have given some details on the way those without an e-card or Austrian social security number will be able to get a QR code in a digital "green pass" to indicate 3G status. The VBOs are clarifying some aspects of this and will inform VIC personnel as soon as possible how the scheme will work. 

Taking part in a national vaccination programme is in line with the practice of the other UN system organizations. In this context, and as part of our occupational health measures, personnel from VBOs are invited to inform the VIC Medical Service when they are completely vaccinated, through EarthMed Portal by following these steps:

    • From your official email address go to: https://medical.un.org/earthmedportal/
    • Click on the logo of your organization
    • Click on "Questionnaire"
    • Choose the questionnaire "COVID-19 Vaccination self-reporting"
    • Fill in the required information and upload your documentation as indicated.
    • Press "submit".

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here. 

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES: 

  • The legal text on measures in place from 1 July in Austria is available here.
  • The legal text on additional measures in place from 1 July in Vienna is available here.
  • A summary of both is available in the VIC COVID-19 update dated 30 June.
  • The text of the latest amendment to the Epidemics Law 1950 and the COVID-19 Measures Law is available (in German) here.
  • The updated legal text (in German) on entering Austria is available here
  • A summary is available in the VIC COVID-19 update dated 30 June.
  • Austria's national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • There is information on Austria's overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna's programme in German.
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English and German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 14:00. 
  • DISCLAIMER: The VBOs cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of the summaries in this update. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts. 

 NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES: 

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL (includes 24/7 COVID-19 helpline):

https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/info-for-un-staff 

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: 

Please write to sonja.wintersberger@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

NOTE: New items in bold

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

From 1 July 2021, the VIC will be accessible again to family members, retirees, private visitors and accredited journalists.

From that date, anyone entering the VIC - including VIC personnel, diplomats and conference participants - is strongly encouraged to ensure that they meet the criteria for posing a low epidemiological risk as defined by the Host Country legislation.

Additionally, in line with Host Country legislation and recommendations of the VIC Medical Service, conference participants are required to comply with the low epidemiological risk criteria at meetings, conferences and events with 100 or more participants.

By swiping their grounds pass/badge, these meeting participants entering the VIC will be declaring that they possess valid documentation meeting one or more of the 3G criteria as defined below. They will also confirm that they will produce the documentation to the conference, meeting and event organizers, organizations or VIC Medical Service if required.

According to Austrian law, low epidemiological risk applies to people older than 12 and is defined as meeting one or more of the following criteria, broadly referred to in German as “3G” - “geimpft, getestet, genesen” or “vaccinated, tested, recovered” in English:

  • proof of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours, or a rapid antigen test not older than 48 hours
  • proof of COVID-19 vaccination between 22 days and 90 days after the first dose, or proof of a full vaccination not older than 270 days; or
  • a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 illness not older than 180 days, or proof of positive COVID-19 antibody test (with a result of 15 BAU or above) not older than 90 days.
  • VIC Medical Service update and reminders:

    Measures at the VIC will continue to be aligned with recommendations and assessments of the Austrian Authorities and the VIC Medical Service.

    In this context, with mitigation measures in place at the VIC and an increasing percentage of vaccinated people, the residual infection/transmission risk at the workplace is considered low. This allows the safe return of all personnel to the VIC, including those who are not yet fully vaccinated or do not wish to or are not able to be vaccinated.

    VIC personnel in a position to do so are strongly encouraged to get fully vaccinated. This is particularly important given the more transmissible Delta variant.

    Those not yet fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to get tested regularly, as recommended by the Austrian authorities.

    From 1 July 2021, in line with Host Country regulations, a close-fitting mouth-nose covering (mask) will be accepted in lieu of an FFP2 mask where masks are required.

    Masks will be required in all common/public locations and settings at the VIC, including the pharmacy, cafeteria, bank, Commissary and other indoor services as well as in elevators and hallways.

    From 1 July 2021, there will be no more minimal distancing requirement under the Host Country regulations. All personnel are encouraged to continue to take precautionary measures such as keeping one metre distance at the VIC.

    As a precautionary measure, the minimum distance requirement of one metre between workstations will continue in shared offices. Together with the air conditioning system that uses fresh air the residual risk is considered very low.

    Staff are reminded of their own responsibility not to come to work when feeling ill.

    --------

    The Austrian authorities have given some details on the way those without an e-card or Austrian social security number will be able to get a QR code in a digital “green pass” to indicate 3G status. The VBOs are clarifying some aspects of this and will inform VIC personnel as soon as possible how the scheme will work.

    • - Personnel who registered for the international community vaccination programme but did not receive an e-mail with a link to book an appointment should book their appointment by telephone by calling 1450. This is because personnel who registered for the Austrian vaccination programme for the international community after a certain date did not, and will not, receive an email with a link to book an appointment.
    • - The Austrian Foreign Ministry and City of Vienna said the programme for the international community continues to operate. The waiting time for slots to open up is between one week and 10 days.
    • - The international community vaccination programme is open to personnel who work in Vienna for an international organization regardless of whether they have a Vienna home address or live in another province. Personnel who encounter difficulties with booking an appointment because they do not live in Vienna should call 1450.
    • - People who have been diagnosed with PCR-confirmed COVID-19 will not be vaccinated for the following 6 to 8 months under the current Austrian vaccination programme. VIC Medical Service advises affected personnel to try booking an appointment under the general vaccination programme at a later stage.
    • - At the Austria Centre Vienna, all those being vaccinated are required to fill out a health check form.
    • - The form is available at the vaccination centre, but you can also print it out and fill it in beforehand.
    • - The form is in German. There is an English translation available to assist those who do not speak German. The German form must be completed. The English version is just for reference.
    • - More detailed information on the Austrian vaccination programme for the international community, including VIC personnel, can be found in the 31 May update.
    • - Taking part in a national vaccination programme is in line with the practice of the other UN system organizations. In this context, and as part of our occupational health measures, personnel from VBOs are invited to inform the VIC Medical Service when they are completely vaccinated, through EarthMed Portal by following these steps:
      • o From your official email address go to:
      • EarthMed Portal
    • o Click on the logo of your organization
    • o Click on “Questionnaire”
    • o Choose the questionnaire “COVID-19 Vaccination self-reporting”
    • o Fill in the required information and upload your documentation as indicated.
    • o Press “submit”.

    All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here.

    Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

    LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

    • From 1 July the following changes will come into effect in Austria. The list includes additional measures Major Michael Ludwig announced on Wednesday for the City of Vienna.
      • • The 3G rule of access only for those vaccinated, tested or recovered will continue to apply where it does now.
      • • The limits on group sizes in restaurants and cultural venues and on participants at events will be lifted.
      • • Contact tracing will be maintained throughout the summer in Vienna, including in restaurants.
      • • Gatherings with 100 or more participants are subject to the 3G rule. Advance notification or approval by local authorities will be required from organizers of events above certain participant numbers.
      • • In Austria, the 3G rule will be required from children from the age of 12. In Vienna, children from the age of six will need to provide a proof of negative PCR or antigen tests, or recovery to gain access.
      • • FFP2 masks will generally no longer be required except in very specific settings. Other types of masks can be worn in settings where masks are required.
      • • FFP2 masks will be required when visiting a hospitalin Vienna and access will continue to be limited.
      • • Masks will not be required at hairdressers or for similar personal services.
      • • The COVID-19 curfew hour (24:00) will be removed altogether and nightclubs can open, but with 75 per cent capacity.
      • • In Vienna, antigen tests done at home, with a 24-hour validity, will no longer be valid for 3G access. Antigen tests will only be valid if done in controlled settings like test centres and pharmacies.
      • - The text of the latest amendment to the Epidemics Law 1950 and the COVID-19 Measures Law is available (in German) here.

        - The updated legal text (in German) on entering Austria is available here.

        - There are three categories of countries and territories:

        • • Annex 1: Low epidemiological risk. Entry with 3G or test within 24 hours after entry.
        • • Annex 2: Virus variant areas: no entry, with some exceptions. PCR test and quarantine. Holders of a legitimation card and duty travel to Vienna exempt from quarantine.
        • • Other countries and territories: Entry with 3G and quarantine. Holders of a legitimation card, duty travel to Vienna and those 14 days who have been fully immunized for a minimum of 14 days are exempt from quarantine.
        • - Testing after entry to Austria no longer accepted for travellers from Annex 2 areas and other countries and territories.

          - All those entering Austria from high-risk areas need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.

          - Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.

          - There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna’s programme in German.

          - There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.

          - Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the English Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English and German.

          - The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

          DISCLAIMER: The VBOs cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of the summaries in this update. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts.

        NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

        Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

        Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

        On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages.

        No log-in is needed.

        Link to the site:

        You can also find updated resources on carrying out tasks and maintaining health and wellbeing here

        COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL(includes 24/7 COVID-19 helpline):

        FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

NOTE: New items in bold

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

The VBOs note the Austrian authorities have published legislation covering the eased measures that will take effect from Thursday 1 July. The VBOs will soon advise what measures will be in place at the VIC from that date.

From Monday 21 June, the VIC Medical Service has been notified that four people who work for VBOs tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Three work for UNIDO and one for UNODC/UNOV. There was no workplace exposure. When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. Weekly textual updates will be provided, usually on Mondays.

The information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here

VIC Medical Service update and reminders:

Personnel who registered for the international community vaccination programme but did not receive an e-mail with a link to book an appointment should book their appointment by telephone by calling 1450. This is because personnel who registered for the Austrian vaccination programme for the international community after a certain date did not, and will not, receive an email with a link to book an appointment.

- The Austrian Foreign Ministry and City of Vienna said the programme for the international community continues to operate. The waiting time for slots to open up is between one week and 10 days.

The international community vaccination programme is open to personnel who work in Vienna for an international organization regardless of whether they have a Vienna home address or live in another province. Personnel who encounter difficulties with booking an appointment because they do not live in Vienna should call 1450.

People who have been diagnosed with PCR-confirmed COVID-19 will not be vaccinated for the following 6 to 8 months under the current Austrian vaccination programme. VIC Medical Service advises affected personnel to try booking an appointment under the general vaccination programme at a later stage.

At the Austria Centre Vienna, all those being vaccinated are required to fill out a health check form.

The form is available at the vaccination centre, but you can also print it out and fill it in beforehand.

The form is in German. There is an English translation available to assist those who do not speak German. The German form must be completed. The English version is just for reference.

More detailed information on the Austrian vaccination programme for the international community, including VIC personnel, can be found in the 31 May update.

Taking part in a national vaccination programme is in line with the practice of the other UN system organizations. In this context, and as part of our occupational health measures, personnel from VBOs are invited to inform the VIC Medical Service when they are completely vaccinated, through EarthMed Portal by following these steps:

  • From your official email address go to: https://medical.un.org/earthmedportal/
  • Click on the logo of your organization
  • Click on “Questionnaire”
  • Choose the questionnaire “COVID-19 Vaccination self-reporting”
  • Fill in the required information and upload your documentation as indicated.
  • Press “submit”.
  • The VBOs and the VIC Medical Service remain in touch with the Host Country authorities to ascertain how those in the international community without an e-card or Austrian social security number will be able to register their vaccinations digitally for the “green pass”. As soon as details are available from the Austrian authorities, they will be communicated.

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here here.

All personnel are reminded to follow the precautionary measures such as keeping one metre distance, and wearing FFP2 masks as required, including in the meeting rooms when speaking, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the VIC. You can watch a short video with measures here.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • More than 4.4 million people – 50.14 per cent of those living in Austria - have received at least one vaccination shot, Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein said on Monday.
  • “The pace of COVID-19 vaccinations remains high,” Mückstein said, urging those requiring a second shot to get it.
  • The vaccination rate among younger age groups has increased sharply in recent days, the minister said.
    • Late on Monday, the Austrian authorities published legislation that covers the easing of measures from 1 July. See below.

    From Thursday 10 June the following changes took effect across the whole country:

    • In restaurants, eight adults – and their children - will be able to sit at a table indoors and 16 outdoors. Closing time will be 24:00. Minimal distancing will be reduced to one metre from the current two metres.
    • In the cultural sector, venues can be filled to 75 per cent of capacity.
    • In the recreation, sports and retail sector, the minimum space per person will be reduced from 20 to 10 square metres per person.
    • The pre-travel clearance form for entering Austria will be required only for travellers arriving from high-risk areas.
    • Note: the “3G rule” of access only for those vaccinated, tested or recovered will continue to apply where it applies now. This includes children over the age of 10.

    From 1 July the following changes will come into effect in Austria. (Please note the City of Vienna may announce separate measures):

    • The 3G rule will continue to apply where it does now.
    • The limits on group sizes in restaurants and cultural venues and on participants at events will be lifted.
    • Gatherings with 100 or more participants are subject to the 3G rule. Advance notification or approval by local authorities will be required from organizers of events above certain participant numbers.
    • 3G rule will be required from children from the age of 12.
    • FFP2 masks will generally no longer be required except in very specific settings. Other types of masks can be worn in settings where masks are required.
    • Masks will not be required at hairdressers or for similar personal services.
    • The COVID-19 curfew hour (24:00) will be removed altogether and nightclubs can open, but with 75 per cent capacity.
    • The text of the latest amendment to the Epidemics Law 1950 and the COVID-19 Measures Law is available (in German) here.

      The updated legal text (in German) on entering Austria is available

      here.

      There are three categories of countries and territories:

      • Annex 1: Low epidemiological risk. Entry with 3G or test within 24 hours after entry..
      • Annex 2: Virus variant areas: no entry, with some exceptions. PCR test and quarantine. Holders of a legitimation card and duty travel to Vienna exempt from quarantine..
      • Other countries and territories: Entry with 3G and quarantine. Holders of a legitimation card, duty travel to Vienna and those 14 days who have been fully immunized for a minimum of 14 days are exempt from quarantine..
      • All those entering Austria from high-risk areas need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.

        Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in

         English  and German  – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.

        There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in   German  and on Vienna’s programme in   English  and German

        There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here

        Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English  as well as   German.

        The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

        DISCLAIMER: The VBOs cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of the summaries in this update. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts.

      NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

      Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

      Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

      On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages.

      No log-in is needed.

      Link to the site:

      You can also find updated resources on carrying out tasks and maintaining health and wellbeing here

      COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL(includes 24/7 COVID-19 helpline):

      FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

NOTE: New items in bold

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Since Monday 14 June, the VIC Medical Service has been notified that two people who work for VBOs tested positive for SARS CoV-2. One works for UNIDO and one for IAEA. There was no workplace exposure. When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. Weekly textual updates will be provided, usually on Mondays.

The information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here

VIC Medical Service update and reminders:

Personnel who registered for the international community vaccination programme but did not receive an e-mail with a link to book an appointment should book their appointment by telephone by calling 1450. This is because personnel who registered for the Austrian vaccination programme for the international community after a certain date did not, and will not, receive an email with a link to book an appointment.

The international community vaccination programme is open to personnel who work in Vienna for an international organization regardless of whether they have a Vienna home address or live in another province. Personnel who encounter difficulties with booking an appointment because they do not live in Vienna should call 1450.

People who have been diagnosed with PCR-confirmed COVID-19 will not be vaccinated for the following 6 to 8 months under the current Austrian vaccination programme. VIC Medical Service advises affected personnel to try booking an appointment under the general vaccination programme at a later stage.

At the Austria Centre Vienna, all those being vaccinated are required to fill out a health check form.

The form is available at the vaccination centre, but you can also print it out and fill it in beforehand.

The form is in German. There is an English translation available to assist those who do not speak German. The German form must be completed. The English version is just for reference.

More detailed information on the Austrian vaccination programme for the international community, including VIC personnel, can be found in the 31 May update.

Taking part in a national vaccination programme is in line with the practice of the other UN system organizations. In this context, and as part of our occupational health measures, personnel from VBOs are invited to inform the VIC Medical Service when they are completely vaccinated, through EarthMed Portal by following these steps:

  • From your official email address go to: https://medical.un.org/earthmedportal/
  • Click on the logo of your organization
  • Click on “Questionnaire”
  • Choose the questionnaire “COVID-19 Vaccination self-reporting”
  • Fill in the required information and upload your documentation as indicated.
  • Press “submit”.
  • The VBOs and the VIC Medical Service remain in touch with the Host Country authorities to ascertain how those in the international community without an e-card or Austrian social security number will be able to register their vaccinations digitally for the “green pass”. As soon as details are available from the Austrian authorities, they will be communicated.

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here here.

All personnel are reminded to follow the precautionary measures such as keeping one metre distance, and wearing FFP2 masks as required, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the VIC. You can watch a short video with measures here.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • More than 4.4 million people – 50.14 per cent of those living in Austria - have received at least one vaccination shot, Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein said on Monday.
  • “The pace of COVID-19 vaccinations remains high,” Mückstein said, urging those requiring a second shot to get it.
  • The vaccination rate among younger age groups has increased sharply in recent days, the minister said.
  • From Thursday 10 June the following changes took effect across the whole country:

    • In restaurants, eight adults – and their children - will be able to sit at a table indoors and 16 outdoors. Closing time will be 24:00. Minimal distancing will be reduced to one metre from the current two metres.
    • In the cultural sector, venues can be filled to 75 per cent of capacity.
    • In the recreation, sports and retail sector, the minimum space per person will be reduced from 20 to 10 square metres per person.
    • The pre-travel clearance form for entering Austria will be required only for travellers arriving from high-risk areas.
    • Note: the “3G rule” of access only for those vaccinated, tested or recovered will continue to apply where it applies now. This includes children over the age of 10.

    From 1 July the follwing changes are planned accros Ausstria, including additional easing measures announced on Thursday:

    • Sports and cultural events can take place without minimum distancing or masks. There will be no limits on participant numbers, but advance notification or approval by local authorities will be required above certain limits that will be set out in regulations.
    • The COVID-19 curfew hour (24:00) will be removed altogether and nightclubs can open, but with reduced capacity.
    • FFP2 masks will be required only in hospitals and nursing homes.
    • Other types of masks can be worn in other settings such as shops and public transport where masks are required.
    • The “3G” rule will continue to apply wherever it is already in place.
    • The limits on group sizes in restaurants and cultural venues and on participants at events to be lifted.
    • The text of the latest amendment to the Epidemics Law 1950 and the COVID-19 Measures Law is available (in German) here.

      The legal text (in German) on COVID-19 opening steps as of 19 May is available

      here.

      Amendments to this text are available here, here and here

      .

      The updated legal text (in German) on schools is available here.

      The updated legal text (in German) on entering Austria is available here.  

      More details on entry and travel requirements in the 31 May update.

      The updated legal text (in German) on landing bans is available here.

      All those entering Austria from high-risk areas need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.

      Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in  English  and German  – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.

      There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in   German  and on Vienna’s programme in   English  and German

      There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here

      Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English  as well as   German.

      The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

    NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

    Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

    Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

    On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages.

    No log-in is needed.

    Link to the site:

    You can also find updated resources on carrying out tasks and maintaining health and wellbeing here

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL(includes 24/7 COVID-19 helpline):

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

NOTE: New items in bold

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

The Austrian Government announced today an additional easing of measures from 1 July (see Latest Austrian Developments and Measures section below).

The VIC VBOs will advise on any impact the changed measures have for operations at the VIC.

VIC Medical Service update and reminders:

Personnel who registered for the international community vaccination programme but did not receive an e-mail with a link to book an appointment should book their appointment by telephone by calling 1450. This is because personnel who registered for the Austrian vaccination programme for the international community after a certain date did not, and will not, receive an email with a link to book an appointment.

The international community vaccination programme is open to personnel who work in Vienna for an international organization regardless of whether they have a Vienna home address or live in another province. Personnel who encounter difficulties with booking an appointment because they do not live in Vienna should call 1450.

People who have been diagnosed with PCR-confirmed COVID-19 will not be vaccinated for the following 6 to 8 months under the current Austrian vaccination programme. VIC Medical Service advises affected personnel to try booking an appointment under the general vaccination programme at a later stage.

At the Austria Centre Vienna, all those being vaccinated are required to fill out a health check form.

The form is available at the vaccination centre, but you can also print it out and fill it in beforehand.

The form is in German. There is an English translation available to assist those who do not speak German. The German form must be completed. The English version is just for reference.

More detailed information on the Austrian vaccination programme for the international community, including VIC personnel, can be found in the 31 May update.

Taking part in a national vaccination programme is in line with the practice of the other UN system organizations. In this context, and as part of our occupational health measures, personnel from VBOs are invited to inform the VIC Medical Service when they are completely vaccinated, through EarthMed Portal by following these steps:

  • From your official email address go to: https://medical.un.org/earthmedportal/
  • Click on the logo of your organization
  • Click on “Questionnaire”
  • Choose the questionnaire “COVID-19 Vaccination self-reporting”
  • Fill in the required information and upload your documentation as indicated.
  • Press “submit”.

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here here.

All personnel are reminded to follow the precautionary measures such as keeping one metre distance, and wearing FFP2 masks as required, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the VIC. You can watch a short video with measures here.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and other cabinet members said in a televised briefing on Thursday the data on COVID-19 was clearly better than expected. They announced an additional easing of measures from 1 July (see below). Further reopening steps are planned from 22 July.
  • The Government said more and more people were being vaccinated and the seven-day incidence was around 15 per 100,000 people.
  • The Chancellor emphasized that Austria was “world champion at testing”, doing more tests than any other country.
  • The Government appealed to all those eligible to get vaccinated.
  • The Vice Rector of Vienna Medical University said the pandemic was not over. The Delta variant that is more infectious than the earlier variants is already spreading in Austria and would become dominant. Vaccines were effective against this variant too, he said.
  • From Thursday 10 June the following changes took effect across the whole country:

    • In restaurants, eight adults – and their children - will be able to sit at a table indoors and 16 outdoors. Closing time will be 24:00. Minimal distancing will be reduced to one metre from the current two metres.
    • In the cultural sector, venues can be filled to 75 per cent of capacity.
    • In the recreation, sports and retail sector, the minimum space per person will be reduced from 20 to 10 square metres per person.
    • The pre-travel clearance form for entering Austria will be required only for travellers arriving from high-risk areas.
    • Note: the “3G rule” of access only for those vaccinated, tested or recovered will continue to apply where it applies now. This includes children over the age of 10.

    From 1 July the follwing changes are planned accros Ausstria, including additional easing measures announced on Thursday:

    • Sports and cultural events can take place without minimum distancing or masks. There will be no limits on participant numbers, but advance notification or approval by local authorities will be required above certain limits that will be set out in regulations.
    • The COVID-19 curfew hour (24:00) will be removed altogether and nightclubs can open, but with reduced capacity.
    • FFP2 masks will be required only in hospitals and nursing homes.
    • Other types of masks can be worn in other settings such as shops and public transport where masks are required.
    • The “3G” rule will continue to apply wherever it is already in place.
    • The limits on group sizes in restaurants and cultural venues and on participants at events to be lifted.
    • The text of the latest amendment to the Epidemics Law 1950 and the COVID-19 Measures Law is available (in German) here.

      The legal text (in German) on COVID-19 opening steps as of 19 May is available

      here.

      Amendments to this text are available here, here and here

      .

      The updated legal text (in German) on schools is available here.

      The updated legal text (in German) on entering Austria is available here.  

      More details on entry and travel requirements in the 31 May update.

      The updated legal text (in German) on landing bans is available here.

      All those entering Austria from high-risk areas need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.

      Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in  English  and German  – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.

      There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in   German  and on Vienna’s programme in   English  and German

      There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here

      Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English  as well as   German.

      The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

    NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

    Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

    Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

    On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages.

    No log-in is needed.

    Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx 

    You can also find updated resources on carrying out tasks and maintaining health and wellbeing here

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL(includes 24/7 COVID-19 helpline):

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

NOTE: New items in bold

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Since Monday 7 June, the VIC Medical Service has been notified that three people who work for VBOs tested positive for SARS CoV-2. One works for UNIDO, one for UNOV/UNODC and one for IAEA. There was no workplace exposure. When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. Weekly textual updates will be provided, usually on Mondays.

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

VIC Commissary reminder:

  1. As of 10 June, the number of customers permitted in the VIC Commissary will be increased, in alignment with the latest Austrian regulations as well as the recommendations of the VIC Medical Service (ensuring a minimum space of one person per 10 square metres).
  2. Effective 14 June, the temporary requirements for pre-registration and issuance of tokens at the entrances to the VIC Commissary will be suspended.
  3. The customer headcount will be monitored by the Commissary's electronic access system and customers may experience waiting times to access the VIC Commissary in case the upper limit is reached.
  4. Both primary and family-card holders can access the VIC Commissary. Please note that children are currently not allowed to enter the VIC, including the Commissary.
  5. Customers should wear an FFP2 certified face mask upon accessing the VIC and throughout their visit to the VIC Commissary and maintain the required distance from other customers.
  6. The VIC Commissary temporary daily business hours remain effective until further notice: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Monday to Friday)

VIC Medical Service update and reminders:

Personnel who registered for the international community vaccination programme but did not receive an e-mail with a link to book an appointment should book their appointment by telephone by calling 1450. This is because personnel who registered for the Austrian vaccination programme for the international community after a certain date did not, and will not, receive an email with a link to book an appointment.

The international community vaccination programme is open to personnel who work in Vienna for an international organization regardless of whether they have a Vienna home address or live in another province. Personnel who encounter difficulties with booking an appointment because they do not live in Vienna should call 1450.

People who have been diagnosed with PCR-confirmed COVID-19 will not be vaccinated for the following 6 to 8 months under the current Austrian vaccination programme. VIC Medical Service advises affected personnel to try booking an appointment under the general vaccination programme at a later stage.

At the Austria Centre Vienna, all those being vaccinated are required to fill out a health check form.

The form is available at the vaccination centre, but you can also print it out and fill it in beforehand.

The form is in German. There is an English translation available to assist those who do not speak German. The German form must be completed. The English version is just for reference.

More detailed information on the Austrian vaccination programme for the international community, including VIC personnel, can be found in the 31 May update.

Taking part in a national vaccination programme is in line with the practice of the other UN system organizations. In this context, and as part of our occupational health measures, personnel from VBOs are invited to inform the VIC Medical Service when they are completely vaccinated, through EarthMed Portal by following these steps:

  • From your official email address go to: https://medical.un.org/earthmedportal/
  • Click on the logo of your organization
  • Click on “Questionnaire”
  • Choose the questionnaire “COVID-19 Vaccination self-reporting”
  • Fill in the required information and upload your documentation as indicated.
  • Press “submit”.

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here here.

All personnel are reminded to follow the precautionary measures such as keeping one metre distance, and wearing FFP2 masks as required, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the VIC. You can watch a short video with measures here.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

From Thursday 10 June the following changes take effect across the whole country:

  • In restaurants, eight adults – and their children - will be able to sit at a table indoors and 16 outdoors. Closing time will be 24:00. Minimal distancing will be reduced to one metre from the current two metres.
  • In the cultural sector, venues can be filled to 75 per cent of capacity.
  • In the recreation, sports and retail sector, the minimum space per person will be reduced from 20 to 10 square metres per person.
  • The pre-travel clearance form for entering Austria will be required only for travellers arriving from high-risk areas.
  • Note: the “3G rule” of access only for those vaccinated, tested or recovered will continue to apply where it applies now. This includes children over the age of 10.
  • From 1 July the following changes are planned across Austria:
    • The limits on group sizes in restaurants and cultural venues and on participants at events to be lifted.
    • Note: The “3G” rule will continue to apply.
    • Masks will continue to be required in those areas where the “3G rule” does not apply, such as public transport or retail.

    Tests for entrance under the “3G” system will be required from children over the age of 12.

    The text of the latest amendment to the Epidemics Law 1950 and the COVID-19 Measures Law is available (in German) here.

    The legal text (in German) on COVID-19 opening steps as of 19 May is available

    here. An amendment to this text is available here.

    Amendments to this text are available here, here and here

    .

    The updated legal text (in German) on schools is available here.

    The updated legal text (in German) on entering Austria is available here.  

    More details on entry and travel requirements in the 31 May update.

    The updated legal text (in German) on landing bans is available here.

    All those entering Austria from high-risk areas need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.

    Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in  English  and German  – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.

    There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in   German  and on Vienna’s programme in   English  and German

    There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here

    Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English  as well as   German.

    The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx 

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

NOTE: New items in bold

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

From Thursday 10 June, several COVID-19 measures are being eased or removed in Austria. An overview is below in the Austrian developments and measures section, as is a link to the legislation governing the measures.

Throughout the VIC, as in our Host Country, the minimum distancing is reduced to one metre from two metres.

VIC Commissary update:

1. As of 10 June, the number of customers permitted in the VIC Commissary will be increased, in alignment with the latest Austrian regulations as well as the recommendations of the VIC Medical Service (ensuring a minimum space of one person per 10 square metres).

2. Effective 14 June, the temporary requirements for pre-registration and issuance of tokens at the entrances to the VIC Commissary will be suspended.

3. The customer headcount will be monitored by the Commissary's electronic access system and customers may experience waiting times to access the VIC Commissary in case the upper limit is reached.

4. Both primary and family-card holders can access the VIC Commissary. Please note that children are currently not allowed to enter the VIC, including the Commissary.

5. Customers should wear an FFP2 certified face mask upon accessing the VIC and throughout their visit to the VIC Commissary and maintain the required distance from other customers.

6. The VIC Commissary temporary daily business hours remain effective until further notice: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Monday to Friday).

VIC Medical Service update and reminders:

Personnel who registered for the international community vaccination programme but did not receive an e-mail with a link to book an appointment should book their appointment by telephone by calling 1450. This is because personnel who registered for the Austrian vaccination programme for the international community after a certain date did not, and will not, receive an email with a link to book an appointment.

The international community vaccination programme is open to personnel who work in Vienna for an international organization regardless of whether they have a Vienna home address or live in another province. Personnel who encounter difficulties with booking an appointment because they do not live in Vienna should call 1450.

People who have been diagnosed with PCR-confirmed COVID-19 will not be vaccinated for the following 6 to 8 months under the current Austrian vaccination programme. VIC Medical Service advises affected personnel to try booking an appointment under the general vaccination programme at a later stage.

At the Austria Centre Vienna, all those being vaccinated are required to fill out a health check form.

The form is available at the vaccination centre, but you can also print it out and fill it in beforehand.

The form is in German. There is an English translation available to assist those who do not speak German. The German form must be completed. The English version is just for reference.

More detailed information on the Austrian vaccination programme for the international community, including VIC personnel, can be found in the 31 May update.

Taking part in a national vaccination programme is in line with the practice of the other UN system organizations. In this context, and as part of our occupational health measures, personnel from VBOs are invited to inform the VIC Medical Service when they are completely vaccinated, through EarthMed Portal by following these steps:

  • From your official email address go to: https://medical.un.org/earthmedportal/
  • Click on the logo of your organization
  • Click on “Questionnaire”
  • Choose the questionnaire “COVID-19 Vaccination self-reporting”
  • Fill in the required information and upload your documentation as indicated.
  • Press “submit”.

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here here.

All personnel are reminded to follow the precautionary measures such as keeping two metres distance, and wearing FFP2 masks as required, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the VIC. You can watch a short video with measures here.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

From Thursday 10 June the following changes take effect across the whole country:

  • In restaurants, eight adults – and their children - will be able to sit at a table indoors and 16 outdoors. Closing time will be 24:00. Minimal distancing will be reduced to one metre from the current two metres.
  • In the cultural sector, venues can be filled to 75 per cent of capacity.
  • In the recreation, sports and retail sector, the minimum space per person will be reduced from 20 to 10 square metres per person.
  • The pre-travel clearance form for entering Austria will be required only for travellers arriving from high-risk areas.
  • Note: the “3G rule” of access only for those vaccinated, tested or recovered will continue to apply where it applies now. This includes children over the age of 10.
  • From 1 July the following changes are planned across Austria:
    • The limits on group sizes in restaurants and cultural venues and on participants at events to be lifted.
    • Note: The “3G” rule will continue to apply.
    • Masks will continue to be required in those areas where the “3G rule” does not apply, such as public transport or retail.

    Tests for entrance under the “3G” system will be required from children over the age of 12.

    The text of the latest amendment to the Epidemics Law 1950 and the COVID-19 Measures Law is available (in German) here.

    The legal text (in German) on COVID-19 opening steps as of 19 May is available

    here. An amendment to this text is available here.

    Amendments to this text are available here, here and here

    .

    The updated legal text (in German) on schools is available here.

    The updated legal text (in German) on entering Austria is available here.  

    More details on entry and travel requirements in the 31 May update.

    The updated legal text (in German) on landing bans is available here.

    All those entering Austria from high-risk areas need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.

    Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in  English  and German  – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.

    There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in   German  and on Vienna’s programme in   English  and German

    There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here

    Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English  as well as   German.

    The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx 

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

NOTE: New items in bold

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service update and reminders:

  • At the Austria Centre Vienna, all those being vaccinated are required to fill out a health check form.
  • The form is available at the vaccination centre, but you can also print it out and fill it in beforehand.
  • The form is in German. There is an English translation available to assist those who do not speak German. The German form must be completed. The English version is just for reference.
  • More detailed information on the Austrian vaccination programme for the international community, including VIC personnel, can be found in the 31 May update.
  • Taking part in a national vaccination programme is in line with the practice of the other UN system organizations. In this context, and as part of our occupational health measures, personnel from VBOs are invited to inform the VIC Medical Service when they are completely vaccinated, through EarthMed Portal by following these steps:
    • From your official email address go to: https://medical.un.org/earthmedportal/
    • Click on the logo of your organization
    • Click on “Questionnaire”
    • Choose the questionnaire “COVID-19 Vaccination self-reporting”
    • Fill in the required information and upload your documentation as indicated.
    • Press “submit”.

Since Monday 31 May, the VIC Medical Service has been notified that seven people who work for VBOs tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Three work for UNIDO, two for UNOV/UNODC and two for IAEA. There was no workplace exposure. When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. Weekly textual updates will be provided, usually on Mondays.

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here here.

All personnel are reminded to follow the precautionary measures such as keeping two metres distance, and wearing FFP2 masks as required, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the VIC. You can watch a short video with measures here.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein said last week the number of people in Austria wanting to get vaccinated was higher than expected.

The Government had planned for around five million eligible people wanting to be vaccinated. The plan had been to offer a first dose to all who wanted to be vaccinated by the end of June.

It was now estimated that the number of those who wanted to be vaccinated was around 500,000 higher than projected, due to an increased willingness to be vaccinated and the approval of the vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds and pregnant women.

The plan is still to offer a first dose to five million by the end of June, and a further 500,000 first doses by the end of July, said the Chancellor and the Health Minister.

From 10 June the following changes are planned across the whole country:

  • In restaurants, eight adults – and their children - will be able to sit at a table indoors and 16 outdoors. Closing time would be 24:00. Minimal distancing would be reduced to one metre from the current two metres.
  • In the cultural sector, venues can be filled to 75 per cent of capacity.
  • In the recreation, sports and retail sector, the minimum space per person will be reduced from 20 to 10 square metres per person.
  • The pre-travel clearance form for entering Austria will be required only from travellers from high-risk areas.
  • Note: the “3G rule” of access only for those vaccinated, tested or recovered will continue to apply where it applies now.
  • The limits on group sizes in restaurants and cultural venues and on participants at events to be lifted.
  • Note: The “3G” rule will continue to apply.
  • Masks will continue to be required in those areas where the “3G rule” does not apply, such as public transport or retail.
  • Tests for entrance under the “3G” system will be required from children over the age of 12.
  • The text of the latest amendment to the Epidemics Law 1950 and the COVID-19 Measures Law is available (in German) here.
  • li>The legal text (in German) on COVID-19 opening steps as of 19 May is available here. An amendment to this text is available here.
  • Amendments to this text are available here, here and here
  • .
  • The updated legal text (in German) on schools is available here.
  • The updated legal text (in German) on entering Austria is available here.  
  • More details on entry and travel requirements in the 31 May update.
  • The updated legal text (in German) on landing bans is available here.
  • All those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in  English  and German  – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in   German  and on Vienna’s programme in   English  and German
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English  as well as   German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx 

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

NOTE: New items in bold

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Since Monday 24 May, the VIC Medical Service has been notified that two people who work for VBOs tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Both work for IAEA. There was no workplace exposure. When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. Weekly textual updates will be provided, usually on Mondays.

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

From today, 31 May, the changing rooms and showers on F09 are available for use by VIC personnel. Users must follow these COVID-19 measures:

  • Keep two-metre physical distance
  • Wear your FFP2 mask in the changing rooms
  • Fill out the COVID-19 contact tracing form at the entrance (name, telephone number, date and time. This is in line with Austrian regulations).

The Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of Austria informed all diplomatic missions, permanent missions, international organizations and consulates general resident in Austria about the possibility of a COVID-19 vaccination at the Austria Centre Vienna (ACV). The programme for the international community is being organized by the City of Vienna on behalf of the federal authorities.

All UN system personnel are encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, but it is not mandatory. Vaccination is voluntary and free of charge.

The vaccination programme will take place from 31 May to at least 20 June 2021 at the ACV, which is adjacent to the VIC.

Staff and other categories of personnel such as consultants, individual contractors, UN volunteers and interns and their family members older than 18 years residing in the same household in Austria will be eligible to participate in the programme.

A legitimation card or alternative confirmation of eligibility will be required. The alternative confirmation of eligibility will be provided by each organization’s human resources office.

The VIC Medical Service encourages all personnel to accept the first possible vaccination appointment offered to them, whether through this particular programme or through the general Austrian vaccination programme.

Those who have already been vaccinated with at least one dose should not pre-register under this scheme. People who belong to prioritized groups eligible for vaccination from the City of Vienna before 31 May can decide if they would like to get vaccinated under this scheme.

What type of vaccine will be available?

  • Those vaccinated under this scheme will receive the single-dose Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine.
  • The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is only approved from the age of 18 but has the advantage that only one shot is required for the desired vaccination effect.
  • Unfortunately, it is not possible to select a vaccine.
p>It is possible to remain registered in the main Austrian programme rather than change your registration category to “International Community”. The main Austrian programme is using more than one type of vaccine. It is important to remember it is not possible to choose a vaccine type.

It is possible to speak to your GP about vaccination; if your GP is not going to provide COVID-19 vaccinations the doctor may be able to recommend other GPs who will.

It is possible to pre-register children from the age of 12 in the main Austrian programme, pending European and then Austrian approval on the use of vaccines for this age group.

If you have further questions, please contact the VIC Medical Service.

More information from WHO on the Janssen vaccine is available here.

How can you register for a vaccination?

  • Go to the COVID-19 vaccination website of the City of Vienna here: https://impfservice.wien/;
  • If you have not yet done so, please first register;
  • In Profile, please select or change the category to “Internationale Gemeinschaft” (international community);
  • The registered persons entitled to vaccination will receive via e-mail and/or SMS a link with the option to book an appointment in the middle of the week 24-30 May.
  • Personnel who have not yet registered under the category “Internationale Gemeinschaft” but would like to do so, should proceed and register under this category, and then call 1450 to seek assistance on booking their appointments manually.

What documents should I bring to the vaccination?

  • Legitimation card or confirmation of eligibility (see above on how this will be provided);
  • Photo ID;
  • The booking code received upon confirmation of your appointment;
  • An FFP-2 mask;
  • If available, an international vaccination certificate/booklet;
  • If available, E-Card (proof of the Austria health insurance); personnel at the ACV vaccination site are aware many in the international community do not have E-Cards and can register you with or without such a card.

Where should you go on the day of vaccination?

From underground U1 Kaisermühlen/VIC, follow the signs of Austria Centre Vienna. You will find the entrance for the vaccination at the Hall X4 (next to the Austria Centre Vienna). More information is available here.

All personnel are reminded to follow the precautionary measures such as keeping two metres distance, and wearing FFP2 masks as required, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the VIC. You can watch a short video with measures here.

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here here.

VIC Medical Service update:

COVID Vaccination: CORRECTION: Transfer of Vaccinations into international vaccination booklet or green passport:

  • Contrary to earlier information; MA15, Vienna’s health department, will not be able to transfer vaccinations into international vaccination booklets or the planned green passport. Your GP is able to provide that service (for the green passport only GPs who are connected to the electronic system can enter such data, please check with your GP whether they are taking part in that system)
  • As the situation regarding the green passport is still evolving, VMS recommends that anyone who has been vaccinated with a non-EMA-recognized vaccine to test themselves for antibodies. A positive result will be valid for three months (irrespective of the original vaccine received).

Persons who were sick with COVID-19 and wish to receive their official certificate of past COVID-19 infection (Absonderungsbescheid) from MA15, they can request this via email from: bescheidauskunft@ma15.wien.gv.at

COVID-19 Austria Entry Requirements:

  • On 19 May, entry rules changed, and travellers from listed countries are able to travel to Austria for holidays again. New underlying key principle is the “3 G” requirement (Tested, Recovered or Vaccinated).
  • All travellers need to obtain pre-travel clearance before travelling to Austria, Link:   https://entry.ptc.gv.at/ .
  • They also need to show either a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination/past infection upon entry. Travellers from certain countries with low incidence rates will no longer need to self-isolate: https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/Dokumente/BgblAuth/BGBLA_2021_II_222/BGBLA_2021_II_222.html  (German)
  • A good general overview can be found here .

COVID-19 AUSTRIA / VIC: Updated entry requirements for duty travellers:

  • When arriving from an annex B-1 or other country the essential duty travellers will fall under the exemption of § 5 Abs.5 (berufliche Zwecke and/or Lichtbildausweis gem. § 5 ASG, i.e. legitimation card). They need to be tested or recovered or vaccinated.
  • When arriving from an annex B-2 country (South Africa, Brazil, India) essential duty travellers would fall under the exemption of § 5 a Z 2 (legitimation card and/or professional visit to an international organization in Austria). They need to have a valid PCR test.
  • When arriving from an annex A country they need to be tested or recovered or vaccinated.

VIC Medical Service reminders:

  • Wear your FFP2 mask over nose and mouth
  • Observe the physical distance rule in the cafeteria  
  • Do not gather in groups (for example for coffee breaks)
  • Especially vulnerable persons (including pregnant women) should work from home. If that is not possible those individuals should adhere to the special mitigation measures for them at the workplace
  • If not already done, VIC personnel are encouraged to pre-register for vaccination on the respective Austrian provincial websites. Those living in Vienna can register here . Information is available in English. These are the sites for  Burgenland  and Lower Austria.

Message from UN Security and Safety Service:

New Opening Hours of VIC Entrances Effective Tuesday, 1 June 2021

The United Nations Security and Safety Service would like to inform all VIC patrons of the enhanced opening hours of entrances to the VIC, effective Tuesday, 1 June 2021:

Gate 1: 24/7 (Main entrance/exit for pedestrians)

Gate 2: 0700-19:00 (Working days Monday – Friday) Diplomatic and bicycle entrance/exit.

Gate 3: 11:00-19:00

Gate 4: 24/7 (Vehicle entrance/exit)

Gate 5: 06:00-12:00 (Vehicle and delivery entrance; deliveries between 06:00-08:00 and 10:00-12:00)

Gate 7: 12:00-14:00 (Access gate to Donaupark, open on working days Monday-Friday when the weather is not inclement, until further notice)

Please note that all staff members using the Donaupark bridge (Gate 7) to leave the VIC must take their VIC access card with them. It is not permitted to leave access cards at the gate.

SSS Vienna is pleased to provide enhanced opening hours and additional entrances and exits for the Vienna International Centre. SSS Vienna appreciates the continued understanding and cooperation of our patrons during these difficult times.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The planned introduction of a digital “green pass” with a QR code will be delayed by a week, the Health Ministry announced.
  • The plan had been for the pass to be available from 4 June, allowing people to prove digitally they have been vaccinated or tested negative or recovered from COVID-19. The aim is now for the digital pass to be introduced from 11 June. In the meantime, the existing method remains in place – producing paper documents such as a vaccination booklet.
  • Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein said on Austrian television on Sunday that COVID-19 tests would remain free at least through the summer.
  • Twelve- to 15-year-olds would be able to get vaccinated in July and August, he said, adding that he favoured offering vaccination to those under 12 once the European Medicines Agency approves use for this age group.
  • From 10 June the following changes are planned across the whole country:
    • In restaurants, eight adults – and their children - will be able to sit at a table indoors and 16 outdoors. Closing time would be 24:00. Minimal distancing would be reduced to one metre from the current two metres.
    • In the cultural sector, venues can be filled to 75 per cent of capacity.
    • In the recreation, sports and retail sector, the minimum space per person will be reduced from 20 to 10 square metres per person.
    • The pre-travel clearance form for entering Austria will be required only from travellers from high-risk areas.
    • Note: the “3G rule” of access only for those vaccinated, tested or recovered will continue to apply where it applies now. A digital pass is envisaged from June; details are still be worked out.
  • From 1 July the following changes are planned across Austria:
    • The limits on group sizes in restaurants and cultural venues and on participants at events will be lifted.
    • Note: The “3G” rule will continue to apply.
    • Masks will continue to be required in those areas where the “3G rule” does not apply, such as public transport or retail.
    • Tests for entrance under the “3G” system will be required from children over the age of 12.
  • The text of the latest amendment to the Epidemics Law 1950 and the COVID-19 Measures Law is available (in German) here.
  • li>The legal text (in German) on COVID-19 opening steps as of 19 May is available here. An amendment to this text is available here.
  • The updated legal text (in German) on schools is available here.
  • The updated legal text (in German) on entering Austria is available here.  
  • The updated legal text (in German) on landing bans is available here.
  • All those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in  English  and German  – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in   German  and on Vienna’s programme in   English  and German
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English  as well as   German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx 

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

NOTE: New items in bold

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Austria announced on Friday two further dates from when measures will be eased – Thursday 10 June and Thursday 1 July. An overview is provided below.

The VBOs will advise on any impact the eased measures have for operations at the VIC.

The Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of Austria informed all diplomatic missions, permanent missions, international organizations and consulates general resident in Austria about the possibility of a COVID-19 vaccination at the Austria Centre Vienna (ACV). The programme for the international community is being organized by the City of Vienna on behalf of the federal authorities.

All UN system personnel are encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, but it is not mandatory. Vaccination is voluntary and free of charge.

The vaccination programme will take place from 31 May to at least 20 June 2021 at the ACV, which is adjacent to the VIC.

Staff and other categories of personnel such as consultants, individual contractors, UN volunteers and interns and their family members older than 18 years residing in the same household in Austria will be eligible to participate in the programme.

A legitimation card or alternative confirmation of eligibility will be required. The alternative confirmation of eligibility will be provided by each organization’s human resources office.

The VIC Medical Service encourages all personnel to accept the first possible vaccination appointment offered to them, whether through this particular programme or through the general Austrian vaccination programme.

Those who have already been vaccinated with at least one dose should not pre-register under this scheme. People who belong to prioritized groups eligible for vaccination from the City of Vienna before 31 May can decide if they would like to get vaccinated under this scheme.

What type of vaccine will be available?

  • Those vaccinated under this scheme will receive the single-dose Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine.
  • The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is only approved from the age of 18 but has the advantage that only one shot is required for the desired vaccination effect.
  • Unfortunately, it is not possible to select a vaccine.

It is possible to remain registered in the main Austrian programme rather than change your registration category to “International Community”. The main Austrian programme is using more than one type of vaccine. It is important to remember it is not possible to choose a vaccine type.

It is possible to speak to your GP about vaccination; if your GP is not going to provide COVID-19 vaccinations the doctor may be able to recommend other GPs who will.

It is possible to pre-register children from the age of 12 in the main Austrian programme, pending European and then Austrian approval on the use of vaccines for this age group.

If you have further questions, please contact the VIC Medical Service.

More information from WHO on the Janssen vaccine is available here.

How can you register for a vaccination?

  • Go to the COVID-19 vaccination website of the City of Vienna here: https://impfservice.wien/;
  • If you have not yet done so, please first register;
  • In Profile, please select or change the category to “Internationale Gemeinschaft” (international community);
  • The registered persons entitled to vaccination will receive via e-mail and/or SMS a link with the option to book an appointment in the middle of the week 24-30 May.
  • Personnel who have not yet registered under the category “Internationale Gemeinschaft” but would like to do so, should proceed and register under this category, and then call 1450 to seek assistance on booking their appointments manually.

What documents should I bring to the vaccination?

  • Legitimation card or confirmation of eligibility (see above on how this will be provided);
  • Photo ID;
  • The booking code received upon confirmation of your appointment;
  • An FFP-2 mask;
  • If available, an international vaccination certificate/booklet;
  • If available, E-Card (proof of the Austria health insurance); personnel at the ACV vaccination site are aware many in the international community do not have E-Cards and can register you with or without such a card.

Where should you go on the day of vaccination?

From underground U1 Kaisermühlen/VIC, follow the signs of Austria Centre Vienna. You will find the entrance for the vaccination at the Hall X4 (next to the Austria Centre Vienna). More information is available here.

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

All personnel are reminded to follow the precautionary measures such as keeping two metres distance, and wearing FFP2 masks as required, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the VIC. You can watch a short video with measures here.

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here here.

VIC Medical Service update:

COVID Vaccination: CORRECTION: Transfer of Vaccinations into international vaccination booklet or green passport:

  • Contrary to earlier information; MA15, Vienna’s health department, will not be able to transfer vaccinations into international vaccination booklets or the planned green passport. Your GP is able to provide that service (for the green passport only GPs who are connected to the electronic system can enter such data, please check with your GP whether they are taking part in that system)
  • As the situation regarding the green passport is still evolving, VMS recommends that anyone who has been vaccinated with a non-EMA-recognized vaccine to test themselves for antibodies. A positive result will be valid for three months (irrespective of the original vaccine received).  

Persons who were sick with COVID-19 and wish to receive their official certificate of past COVID-19 infection (Absonderungsbescheid) from MA15, they can request this via email from: bescheidauskunft@ma15.wien.gv.at

C

COVID-19 Austria Entry Requirements:

  • On 19 May, entry rules changed, and travellers from listed countries are able to travel to Austria for holidays again. New underlying key principle is the “3 G” requirement (Tested, Recovered or Vaccinated).
  • All travellers need to obtain pre-travel clearance before travelling to Austria, Link:   https://entry.ptc.gv.at/ .
  • They also need to show either a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination/past infection upon entry. Travellers from certain countries with low incidence rates will no longer need to self-isolate: https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/Dokumente/BgblAuth/BGBLA_2021_II_222/BGBLA_2021_II_222.html  (German)
  • A good general overview can be found here

COVID-19 AUSTRIA / VIC: Updated entry requirements for duty travellers:

  • When arriving from an annex B-1 or other country the essential duty travellers will fall under the exemption of § 5 Abs.5 (berufliche Zwecke and/or Lichtbildausweis gem. § 5 ASG, i.e. legitimation card). They need to be tested or recovered or vaccinated.
  • When arriving from an annex B-2 country (South Africa, Brazil, India) essential duty travellers would fall under the exemption of § 5 a Z 2 (legitimation card and/or professional visit to an international organization in Austria). They need to have a valid PCR test.
  • When arriving from an annex A country they need to be tested or recovered or vaccinated.

VIC Medical Service reminders:

  • Wear your FFP2 mask over nose and mouth
  • Observe the physical distance rule in the cafeteria  
  • Do not gather in groups (for example for coffee breaks)
  • Especially vulnerable persons (including pregnant women) should work from home. If that is not possible those individuals should adhere to the special mitigation measures for them at the workplace
  • If not already done, VIC personnel are encouraged to pre-register for vaccination on the respective Austrian provincial websites. Those living in Vienna can register here . Information is available in English. These are the sites for  Burgenland  and Lower Austria.

Message from UN Security and Safety Service:

New Opening Hours of VIC Entrances Effective Tuesday, 1 June 2021

The United Nations Security and Safety Service would like to inform all VIC patrons of the enhanced opening hours of entrances to the VIC, effective Tuesday, 1 June 2021:

Gate 1: 24/7 (Main entrance/exit for pedestrians)

Gate 2: 0700-19:00 (Working days Monday – Friday) Diplomatic and bicycle entrance/exit.

Gate 3: 11:00-19:00

Gate 4: 24/7 (Vehicle entrance/exit)

Gate 5: 06:00-12:00 (Vehicle and delivery entrance; deliveries between 06:00-08:00 and 10:00-12:00)

Gate 7: 12:00-14:00 (Access gate to Donaupark, open on working days Monday-Friday when the weather is not inclement, until further notice)

Please note that all staff members using the Donaupark bridge (Gate 7) to leave the VIC must take their VIC access card with them. It is not permitted to leave access cards at the gate.

SSS Vienna is pleased to provide enhanced opening hours and additional entrances and exits for the Vienna International Centre. SSS Vienna appreciates the continued understanding and cooperation of our patrons during these difficult times.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and other cabinet members gave a televised briefing on Friday on the planned next steps to ease COVID-19 measures following consultations with representatives of the provinces and experts.
  • Kurz said there were positive developments in all areas. More than half of those who wished to be vaccinated had received a first dose. This was an ideal foundation for the next opening steps. However, the Chancellor urged all people to remain cautious.
  • Kurz said all those who wished to be vaccinated would receive a first shot by the end of June.
  • From 10 June the following changes are planned across the whole country:
    • In restaurants, eight adults – and their children - will be able to sit at a table indoors and 16 outdoors. Closing time would be 24:00. Minimal distancing would be reduced to one metre from the current two metres.
    • In the cultural sector, venues can be filled to 75 per cent of capacity.
    • In the recreation, sports and retail sector, the minimum space per person will be reduced from 20 to 10 square metres per person.
    • The pre-travel clearance form for entering Austria will be required only from travellers from high-risk areas.
    • Note: the “3G rule” of access only for those vaccinated, tested or recovered will continue to apply where it applies now. A digital pass is envisaged from June; details are still be worked out.
  • From 1 July the following changes are planned across Austria:
    • The limits on group sizes in restaurants and cultural venues and on participants at events will be lifted.
    • Note: The “3G” rule will continue to apply.
    • Masks will continue to be required in those areas where the “3G rule” does not apply, such as public transport or retail.
    • Tests for entrance under the “3G” system will be required from children over the age of 12.
  • Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein emphasized that measures would be tightened again at any time if necessary. The pandemic was not over. He urged all those eligible to get vaccinated. He said the aim was also to vaccinate as many children and adolescents over the age of 12 by the end of August, and there would be enough supplies to do so.
  • Tourism Minister Elisabeth Köstinger said a loosening of rules on entering Austria was envisaged for mid-June.
  • Professor Oswald Wagner, Vice Rector of Vienna Medical University, said he hoped later in the year COVID-19 would become an illness like any other, to be handled by medical personnel and not the government. This would also return responsibility to the individual, said Wagner, appealing to all to get vaccinated.
  • The text of the latest amendment to the Epidemics Law 1950 and the COVID-19 Measures Law is available (in German) here.
  • li>The legal text (in German) on COVID-19 opening steps as of 19 May is available here. An amendment to this text is available here.
  • The updated legal text (in German) on schools is available here.
  • The updated legal text (in German) on entering Austria is available here.  
  • The updated legal text (in German) on landing bans is available here.
  • All those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in  English  and German  – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in   German  and on Vienna’s programme in   English  and German
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English  as well as   German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx 

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

NOTE: New items in bold 

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Since Monday 17 May, the VIC Medical Service has been notified that three people who work for VBOs tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Two work for UNOV/UNODC and one for UNIDO. There was no workplace exposure. When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. Weekly textual updates will be provided, usually on Mondays.

The Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of Austria informed all diplomatic missions, permanent missions, international organizations and consulates general resident in Austria about the possibility of a COVID-19 vaccination at the Austria Centre Vienna (ACV). The programme for the international community is being organized by the City of Vienna on behalf of the federal authorities.

All UN system personnel are encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, but it is not mandatory. Vaccination is voluntary and free of charge.

The vaccination programme will take place from 31 May to at least 20 June 2021 at the ACV, which is adjacent to the VIC.

Staff and other categories of personnel such as consultants, individual contractors, UN volunteers and interns and their family members older than 18 years residing in the same household in Austria will be eligible to participate in the programme.

The alternative confirmation of eligibility will be provided by each organization’s human resources office.

The human resources office of each VBO will contact their personnel over the coming days with instructions on how those without legitimation cards request alternative confirmation of eligibility. The IAEA has already informed its personnel on the procedure.

The VIC Medical Service encourages all personnel to accept the first possible vaccination appointment offered to them, whether through this particular programme or through the general Austrian vaccination programme.

Those who have already been vaccinated with at least one dose should not pre-register under this scheme. People who belong to prioritized groups eligible for vaccination from the City of Vienna before 31 May can decide if they would like to get vaccinated under this scheme.

What type of vaccine will be available?

  • Those vaccinated under this scheme will receive the single-dose Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine.
  • The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is only approved from the age of 18 but has the advantage that only one shot is required for the desired vaccination effect.
  • Unfortunately, it is not possible to select a vaccine.
  • More information on the vaccine from WHO is available here.

How can you register for a vaccination?

  • Go to the COVID-19 vaccination website of the City of Vienna here.
  • If you have not yet done so, please first register;
  •  In Profile, please select or change the category to “Internationale Gemeinschaft” (international community);
  • The registered persons entitled to vaccination will receive via e-mail and/or SMS a link with the option to book an appointment in the middle of the week 24-30 May.

What documents should I bring to the vaccination?

  • Legitimation card or confirmation of eligibility (see above on how this will be provided);
  •  Photo ID;
  •  The booking code received upon confirmation of your appointment;
  •  An FFP-2 mask;
  • If available, E-Card (proof of the Austria health insurance); personnel at the ACV vaccination site are aware many in the international community do not have E-Cards and can register you with or without such a card.

Where should you go on the day of vaccination?

  •  From underground U1 Kaisermühlen/VIC, follow the signs of Austria Centre Vienna. You will find the entrance for the vaccination at the Hall X4 (next to the Austria Centre Vienna). More information is available here.

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

All personnel are reminded to follow the precautionary measures such as keeping two metres distance, and wearing FFP2 masks as required, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the VIC. You can watch a short video with measures here.

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here here.

In response to questions from personnel, the VIC Medical Service notes:

  • The vaccine campaign for the international community will offer the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine only.
  • It is possible to remain registered in the main Austrian programme rather than change your registration category to “International Community”. The main Austrian programme is using more than one type of vaccine. It is important to remember it is not possible to choose a vaccine type.
  • It is possible to speak to your GP about vaccination; if your GP is not going to provide COVID-19 vaccinations the doctor may be able to recommend other GPs who will.
  • If you have further questions, please contact the VIC Medical Service.

VIC Medical Service update:

COVID Vaccination: CORRECTION: Transfer of Vaccinations into international vaccination booklet or green passport:

  • Contrary to earlier information; MA15, Vienna’s health department, will not be able to transfer vaccinations into international vaccination booklets or the planned green passport. Your GP is able to provide that service (for the green passport only GPs who are connected to the electronic system can enter such data, please check with your GP whether they are taking part in that system)
  • As the situation regarding the green passport is still evolving, VMS recommends that anyone who has been vaccinated with a non-EMA-recognized vaccine to test themselves for antibodies. A positive result will be valid for three months (irrespective of the original vaccine received).  

Persons who were sick with COVID-19 and wish to receive their official certificate of past COVID-19 infection (Absonderungsbescheid) from MA15, they can request this via email from: bescheidauskunft@ma15.wien.gv.at

COVID-19 Austria Entry Requirements:

  • On 19 May, entry rules changed, and travellers from listed countries are able to travel to Austria for holidays again. New underlying key principle is the “3 G” requirement (Tested, Recovered or Vaccinated).
  • All travellers need to obtain pre-travel clearance before travelling to Austria, Link:   https://entry.ptc.gv.at/ .
  • They also need to show either a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination/past infection upon entry. Travellers from certain countries with low incidence rates will no longer need to self-isolate: https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/Dokumente/BgblAuth/BGBLA_2021_II_222/BGBLA_2021_II_222.html  (German)
  • A good general overview can be found here

COVID-19 AUSTRIA / VIC: Updated entry requirements for duty travellers:

  • When arriving from an annex B-1 or other country the essential duty travellers will fall under the exemption of § 5 Abs.5 (berufliche Zwecke and/or Lichtbildausweis gem. § 5 ASG, i.e. legitimation card). They need to be tested or recovered or vaccinated.
  • When arriving from an annex B-2 country (South Africa, Brazil, India) essential duty travellers would fall under the exemption of § 5 a Z 2 (legitimation card and/or professional visit to an international organization in Austria). They need to have a valid PCR test.
  • When arriving from an annex A country they need to be tested or recovered or vaccinated.

VIC Medical Service reminders:

  • Wear your FFP2 mask over nose and mouth
  • Observe the physical distance rule in the cafeteria  
  • Do not gather in groups (for example for coffee breaks)
  • Especially vulnerable persons (including pregnant women) should work from home. If that is not possible those individuals should adhere to the special mitigation measures for them at the workplace
  • If not already done, VIC personnel are encouraged to pre-register for vaccination on the respective Austrian provincial websites. Those living in Vienna can register here . Information is available in English. These are the sites for  Burgenland  and Lower Austria.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The legal text (in German) on COVID-19 opening steps as of 19 May is available here. An amendment to this text is available here.
  • The updated legal text (in German) on schools is available here.
  • The updated legal text (in German) on entering Austria is available here.  
  • The updated legal text (in German) on landing bans is available here.
  • All those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in  English  and German  – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in   German  and on Vienna’s programme in   English  and German
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English  as well as   German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx 

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

NOTE: New items in bold 

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

The Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of Austria informed all diplomatic missions, permanent missions, international organizations and consulates general resident in Austria about the possibility of a COVID-19 vaccination at the Austria Centre Vienna (ACV). The programme for the international community is being organized by the City of Vienna on behalf of the federal authorities.

All UN system personnel are encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, but it is not mandatory. Vaccination is voluntary and free of charge.

The vaccination programme will take place from 31 May to at least 20 June 2021 at the ACV, which is adjacent to the VIC.

Staff and other categories of personnel such as consultants, individual contractors, UN volunteers and interns and their family members older than 18 years residing in the same household in Austria will be eligible to participate in the programme.

The alternative confirmation of eligibility will be provided by each organization’s human resources office.

The human resources office of each VBO will contact their personnel over the coming days with instructions on how those without legitimation cards request alternative confirmation of eligibility. The IAEA has already informed its personnel on the procedure.

The VIC Medical Service encourages all personnel to accept the first possible vaccination appointment offered to them, whether through this particular programme or through the general Austrian vaccination programme.

Those who have already been vaccinated with at least one dose should not pre-register under this scheme. People who belong to prioritized groups eligible for vaccination from the City of Vienna before 31 May can decide if they would like to get vaccinated under this scheme.

What type of vaccine will be available?

  • Those vaccinated under this scheme will receive the single-dose Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine.
  • The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is only approved from the age of 18 but has the advantage that only one shot is required for the desired vaccination effect.
  •   Unfortunately, it is not possible to select a vaccine.
  • More information on the vaccine from WHO is available here.

How can you register for a vaccination?

  •  Go to the COVID-19 vaccination website of the City of Vienna here.  
  •   If you have not yet done so, please first register;
  • In Profile, please select or change the category to “Internationale Gemeinschaft” (international community);
  • The registered persons entitled to vaccination will receive via e-mail and/or SMS a link with the option to book an appointment in the middle of the week 24-30 May.

What documents should I bring to the vaccination?

  • Legitimation card or confirmation of eligibility (see above on how this will be provided);
  •  Photo ID;
  •  The booking code received upon confirmation of your appointment;
  •  An FFP-2 mask;
  •  If available, an international vaccination certificate/booklet;
  •  If available, E-Card (proof of the Austria health insurance); personnel at the ACV vaccination site are aware many in the international community do not have E-Cards and can register you with or without such a card.

Where should you go on the day of vaccination?

  •  From underground U1 Kaisermühlen/VIC, follow the signs of Austria Centre Vienna. You will find the entrance for the vaccination at the Hall X4 (next to the Austria Centre Vienna). More information is available here.

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

All personnel are reminded to follow the precautionary measures such as keeping two metres distance, and wearing FFP2 masks as required, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the VIC. You can watch a short video with measures here.

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here here.

VIC Medical Service update:

COVID Vaccination: CORRECTION: Transfer of Vaccinations into international vaccination booklet or green passport:

  • Contrary to earlier information; MA15, Vienna’s health department, will not be able to transfer vaccinations into international vaccination booklets or the planned green passport. Your GP is able to provide that service (for the green passport only GPs who are connected to the electronic system can enter such data, please check with your GP whether they are taking part in that system)
  • As the situation regarding the green passport is still evolving, VMS recommends that anyone who has been vaccinated with a non-EMA-recognized vaccine to test themselves for antibodies. A positive result will be valid for three months (irrespective of the original vaccine received).  

Persons who were sick with COVID-19 and wish to receive their official certificate of past COVID-19 infection (Absonderungsbescheid) from MA15, they can request this via email from: bescheidauskunft@ma15.wien.gv.at

COVID-19 Austria Entry Requirements:

  • On 19 May, entry rules changed, and travellers from listed countries are able to travel to Austria for holidays again. New underlying key principle is the “3 G” requirement (Tested, Recovered or Vaccinated).
  • All travellers need to obtain pre-travel clearance before travelling to Austria, Link:   https://entry.ptc.gv.at/ .
  • They also need to show either a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination/past infection upon entry. Travellers from certain countries with low incidence rates will no longer need to self-isolate: https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/Dokumente/BgblAuth/BGBLA_2021_II_222/BGBLA_2021_II_222.html  (German)
  • A good general overview can be found here

COVID-19 AUSTRIA / VIC: Updated entry requirements for duty travellers:

  • When arriving from an annex B-1 or other country the essential duty travellers will fall under the exemption of § 5 Abs.5 (berufliche Zwecke and/or Lichtbildausweis gem. § 5 ASG, i.e. legitimation card). They need to be tested or recovered or vaccinated.
  • When arriving from an annex B-2 country (South Africa, Brazil, India) essential duty travellers would fall under the exemption of § 5 a Z 2 (legitimation card and/or professional visit to an international organization in Austria). They need to have a valid PCR test.
  • When arriving from an annex A country they need to be tested or recovered or vaccinated.

VIC Medical Service reminders:

  • Wear your FFP2 mask over nose and mouth
  • Observe the physical distance rule in the cafeteria  
  • Do not gather in groups (for example for coffee breaks)
  • Especially vulnerable persons (including pregnant women) should work from home. If that is not possible those individuals should adhere to the special mitigation measures for them at the workplace
  • If not already done, VIC personnel are encouraged to pre-register for vaccination on the respective Austrian provincial websites. Those living in Vienna can register here . Information is available in English. These are the sites for  Burgenland  and Lower Austria.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  •  In a televised briefing on Thursday Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the aim was to return to normality by the summer and offer all those eligible a vaccine by the end of June. He expected the provinces would soon open vaccinations to all age groups. It is planned to offer booster vaccinations in autumn. At the end of next week there would be a further meeting to discuss the way ahead on mandatory mask wearing.
  •  Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein called on everyone to go to their first possible vaccination appointment. The required prioritization of vaccinations in general practitioners’ practices would be lifted, and each doctor could decide autonomously on whom to vaccinate when. This would be regulated in a new ministerial decree to be published over the coming days. He expected the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be approved for 12-16-year-olds soon by the European Medicines Agency.
  •  Vienna’s City Councillor for Health said on Friday there were no changes planned to Vienna’s vaccination plan.
  • The legal text (in German) on COVID-19 opening steps as of 19 May is available here. An amendment to this text is available here.
  • The updated legal text (in German) on schools is available here.
  • The updated legal text (in German) on entering Austria is available here.  
  • The updated legal text (in German) on landing bans is available here.
  • All those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in  English  and German  – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in   German  and on Vienna’s programme in   English  and German
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English  as well as   German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx 

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

NOTE: New items in bold 

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Austria’s regulations on first opening steps come into force on 19 May. See the VIC CMT update of 10 May for an overview and the links below for the full texts.

The VBOs note the improved epidemiological picture in Austria, with fewer reported cases and an easing of the pressure on the health system. In line with the Austrian measures, as well as the recommendations of the VIC Medical Service, the below measures will apply to operations at the VIC to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of transmission at the VIC and elsewhere.

ACCESS

Access to the VIC for non-VBO personnel remains limited as previously advised.

As of 19 May 2021, Gate 3 will open for normal operations from 07:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. for authorized pedestrian access card holders and personnel with bicycles as well as departing vehicles.

MEETINGS

In-person meetings are discouraged and should be held only if absolutely necessary to maintain professional activities that cannot be postponed or held virtually.

SOCIAL CONTACTS

Personnel working at the VIC are required to keep contacts in social settings (coffee or lunches) to a minimum and limit interactions.

Since Monday 10 May until 17 May, the VIC Medical Service has been notified that three people who work for VBOs tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Two work for IAEA and one for UNOV/UNODC. Close contacts of one person who tested positive for SARS CoV-2 have been informed. For the other two people there was no workplace exposure. When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. Weekly textual updates will be provided, usually on Mondays.

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

All personnel are reminded to follow the precautionary measures such as keeping two metres distance, and wearing FFP2 masks as required, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the VIC. You can watch a short video with measures here.

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here here.

VIC Medical Service message:

  • Mixing vaccination brands is not recommended by the Austrian Health authorities.
  • The time period in between the FSME (tick) vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine should be at least 14 days.
  • If you contract COVID-19, you should normally wait between two and six months after recovery until you have a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine. In Austria, the guidance and practice is to have one vaccination six months after recovery.
  • VIC Medical Service is not in a position to transfer COVID-19 vaccination records, such as those done outside Austria, into the international vaccination (yellow) booklet.
  • Staff can arrange the transfer of EMA-approved vaccines into the international vaccine booklet through the main office of MA 15, Vienna’s health department, at Thomas Klestil Platz 8. This can also be done at any registered GP and official District Health Authority “Impfstelle” (vaccination centre) in Vienna.

VIC Medical Service reminders:

  • Wear your FFP2 mask over nose and mouth
  • Observe the physical distance rule in the cafeteria  
  • Do not gather in groups (for example for coffee breaks)
  • Especially vulnerable persons (including pregnant women) should work from home. If that is not possible those individuals should adhere to the special mitigation measures for them at the workplace
  • If not already done, VIC personnel are encouraged to pre-register for vaccination on the respective Austrian provincial websites. Those living in Vienna can register here . Information is available in English. These are the sites for  Burgenland  and Lower Austria.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Monday the opening measures that take effect on 19 May were the starting point for efforts to return the country to normality.
  • Speaking at the same news conference to promote domestic tourism, the governor of Lower Austria (Niederösterreich), Johanna Mikl-Leitner, said public health safety measures were the decisive factor.
  • Both leaders said the safety measures required were a challenge for the hospitality sector. Kurz said further progress vaccinating residents in Austria would allow such measures to be eased further.
  • The text of the amendment to the Epidemics Law 1950 and the COVID-19 Measures Law is available here.
  • The legal text (in German) on COVID-19 opening steps as of 19 May is available here.
  • The updated legal text (in German) on schools is available here.
  • The updated legal text (in German) on entering Austria is available here.  
  • The updated legal text (in German) on landing bans is available here.
  • All those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in  English  and German  – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in   German  and on Vienna’s programme in   English  and German
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English  as well as   German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx 

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

NOTE: New items in bold 

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Further to Friday’s update on the 31 May start date for the Austrian authorities’ vaccination programme for VBO staff and their families as well as other VBO personnel, here are some more details:

  • Those not yet registered on the City of Vienna vaccination site should register and choose the newly added category of “Internationale Gemeinschaft” (international community) in the drop-down list
  • Those already registered do not need to register again but just change their status to the new category
  • Those who live outside Vienna should register on the City of Vienna vaccination site. This is because the programme is being run by the City of Vienna on behalf of the federal authorities).

Further information will be provided as it becomes available.

Important reminder:

VBO personnel must wear FFP2 masks at the VIC including, for example, when walking in corridors.

Please do not congregate, with or without masks, at the C07 coffee area after buying your refreshments.

Since Monday 3 May, the VIC Medical Service has been notified that four people who work for VBOs tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Two work for IAEA, one for UNOV/UNODC and one for UNIDO. There was no workplace exposure. When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. Weekly textual updates will be provided, usually on Mondays.

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

All personnel are reminded to follow the precautionary measures such as keeping two metres distance, and wearing FFP2 masks as required, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the VIC. You can watch a short video with measures here .

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here here.

VIC Medical Service message:

Due to the deteriorating COVID-19 situation in India, the following procedure must be followed by all VIC-based personnel returning from India. Effective immediately, all travellers returning from India or who have been to India within the past ten days must:

  • quarantine for 10 days upon return to Austria;
  • can end the quarantine only after five days with a PCR test (not a rapid antigen test);
  • All travellers returning from India may only return to the office after receiving the negative PCR test result.

The “Alles gurgelt” (Everyone gargles) free PCR test initiative provided by the City of Vienna has now widened its scope to all those living in Vienna, not just specific registered organizations or businesses.

For VIC personnel already using the service:

  • As announced today, no new bar codes will be sent each week by SMS.
  • To continue using the system, a personal bar code will be needed.
  • To obtain this bar code, go to www.allesgurgelt.at   
  • Log in with current username and password and follow the steps (for example, an authentication code will be sent to you by email).
  • Go to the “personal pick-up code” link and save this bar code as it will be required in the future.
  • Please check regularly in case this personal bar code is updated.
  • Four test kits per person per week (instead of eight previously) due to the increased population coverage and demand.

Those who have not yet used the service can register throughwww.allesgurgelt.at

VIC Medical Service reminders:

  • Wear your FFP2 mask over nose and mouth
  • Observe the physical distance rule in the cafeteria 
  • Do not gather in groups (for example for coffee breaks)
  • Especially vulnerable persons (including pregnant women) should work from home. If that is not possible those individuals should adhere to the special mitigation measures for them at the workplace
  • If not already done, VIC personnel are encouraged to pre-register for vaccination on the respective Austrian provincial websites. Those living in Vienna can register here . Information is available in English. These are the sites for  Burgenland  and Lower Austria.
  • See also the guidance above on registering for Austria’s vaccination scheme for the international community.
  • Taking part in a national programme is in line with the practice of the other UN system organizations. In this context, and as part of occupational health measures, personnel from VBOs are invited to inform the VIC Medical Service when they are completely vaccinated, through  EarthMed Portal  by following these steps:
  • From your official email address go to:  https://medical.un.org/earthmedportal/  
  • Click on the logo of your organization
  • Click on “Questionnaire”
  • Choose the questionnaire “COVID-19 Vaccination self-reporting”
  • Fill in the required information and upload your documentation as indicated.
  • Press “submit”.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOMENTS AND MEASURES:

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and other cabinet members gave details on Monday of the planned opening measures for Austria. These are to be codified in a ministerial decree, which is at the draft stage.

“On 19 May we will be able to take a big step back toward normality,” Kurz told a televised briefing, noting the number of positive cases registered each day was falling.

Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein said the regulations easing measures had been structured to provide as much public health security as possible. They would only work if everyone stuck to the rules, he said, adding that measures could be tightened again regionally if the caseload increased.

These are some of the details provided by the Austrian Government at the briefing (from 19 May unless otherwise stated):

  • Schools are to return to full-time in-person schooling from 17 May.
  • The overnight restrictions on leaving home will be lifted.
  • Up to four adults plus a maximum of six children will be able to meet indoors, for example in restaurants, and up to 10 adults plus a maximum of 10 children outdoors. From 22:00 to 05:00, all gatherings are limited to up to four adults plus a maximum of six children.
  • Events with assigned seating will be allowed for up to 50 per cent of maximum capacity and up to 1,500 people indoors and 3,000 outdoors.
  • The regulations on entering Austria will be amended with entry requirements for travellers differentiated according to three risk categories of countries, to be set out in a specific ministerial decree.
  • The core principle for entering restaurants, bars, cafes, cultural venues such as theatres, and sports venues is that a person should be able to prove low epidemiological risk. This means having a valid negative test result, having recovered from COVID-19 or having been vaccinated with a vaccine approved for use by the European Medicines Agency.
  • This is the first phase of a “green health pass” that requires the following proof of low risk from 19 May:
    • PCR tests: valid 72 hours
    • Antigen tests conducted at a testing location: valid 48 hours
    • Antigen self-tests registered in a data processing system: valid 24 hours
    • Antigen self-tests not registered in a data processing system if conducted on the spot under the supervision of a service provider such as restaurant staff for access to that site. This is meant to help those, for example, who live in the countryside without easy test centre access.
    • School COVID-19 tests for children from 10 years are valid.
    • Vaccination first dose: valid from 22 days until three months after the first dose.
    • The second vaccination dose extends that validity for a further six months.
    • Evidence of past COVID-19 infection: quarantine notice (Absonderungsbescheid) or medical certificate: Valid for six months.
    • Positive neutralizing antibodies test: valid for three months.
    • In addition to the above, access to many locations, such as restaurants, will require mandatory registration for contact tracing.
  • FFP2 masks and physical distancing will still be required as now.
  • [DISCLAIMER: The CMT cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of this summary. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts once available.]
  • The updated legal text on landing bans is available here in German.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an  online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in  English  and German  – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in   German  and on Vienna’s programme in   English  and   German
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English  as well as   German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx 

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

NOTE: New items in bold 

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

On 23 March, the Austrian Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs said it planned to offer vaccinations to VBO staff and their families as well as other VBO personnel towards the end of May or in early June. Today, the Ministry confirmed it was planned to start offering vaccinations from Monday 31 May. The likely venue is the Austria Centre Vienna, next to the VIC. In the coming two weeks, the Austrian authorities are expected to provide more details, such as when and how to register and how VBO personnel who live outside Vienna can participate.

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

All personnel are reminded to follow the precautionary measures such as keeping two metres distance, and wearing FFP2 masks as required, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the VIC. You can watch a short video with measures here .

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here here.

VIC Medical Service message:

Due to the deteriorating COVID-19 situation in India, the following procedure must be followed by all VIC-based personnel returning from India. Effective immediately, all travellers returning from India or who have been to India within the past ten days must:

  • quarantine for 10 days upon return to Austria;
  • can end the quarantine only after five days with a PCR test (not a rapid antigen test);
  • All travellers returning from India may only return to the office after receiving the negative PCR test result.

The “Alles gurgelt” (Everyone gargles) free PCR test initiative provided by the City of Vienna has now widened its scope to all those living in Vienna, not just specific registered organizations or businesses.

For VIC personnel already using the service:

  • As announced today, no new bar codes will be sent each week by SMS.
  • To continue using the system, a personal bar code will be needed.
  • To obtain this bar code, go to www.allesgurgelt.at   
  • Log in with current username and password and follow the steps (for example, an authentication code will be sent to you by email).
  • Go to the “personal pick-up code” link and save this bar code as it will be required in the future.
  • Please check regularly in case this personal bar code is updated.
  • Four test kits per person per week (instead of eight previously) due to the increased population coverage and demand.

Those who have not yet used the service can register throughwww.allesgurgelt.at

VIC Medical Service reminders:

  • Wear your FFP2 mask over nose and mouth
  • Observe the physical distance rule in the cafeteria 
  • Do not gather in groups (for example for coffee breaks)
  • Especially vulnerable persons (including pregnant women) should work from home. If that is not possible those individuals should adhere to the special mitigation measures for them at the workplace
  • If not already done, VIC personnel are encouraged to pre-register for vaccination on the respective Austrian provincial websites. Those living in Vienna can register here . Information is available in English. These are the sites for  Burgenland  and Lower Austria.
  • Taking part in a national programme is in line with the practice of the other UN system organizations. In this context, and as part of occupational health measures, personnel from VBOs are invited to inform the VIC Medical Service when they are completely vaccinated, through  EarthMed Portal  by following these steps:
  • From your official email address go to:  https://medical.un.org/earthmedportal/  
  • Click on the logo of your organization
  • Click on “Questionnaire”
  • Choose the questionnaire “COVID-19 Vaccination self-reporting”
  • Fill in the required information and upload your documentation as indicated.
  • Press “submit”.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOMENTS AND MEASURES:

More than 2.5 million people in Austria have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose, Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein said on Friday. This is equivalent to one-third of all people over the age of 16 in the country.

The vaccination rate is expected to increase further in the coming weeks, and Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Friday the country was on target to administer at least a first dose by the end of June to all those who wish to be vaccinated.

The Austrian authorities estimate about two-thirds of those eligible wish to be vaccinated.

The latest reproduction rate figure (R number) was 0.85, down from 0.93 the week before, the Austrian authorities reported today.

The 24-hour lockdown in Vienna and Niederösterreich (Lower Austria) province ended on 3 May, meaning the curfew period reverted to overnight from 20:00 to 06:00.

All shops reopened in Vienna and Lower Austria on Monday, along with hairdressers and other body-related services. FFP2 masks are required. A negative test is needed for hairdressers and other such services. Museums reopened.

Restaurants, cafes, bars and cultural venues remain closed until 19 May. When they do reopen, stringent safety measures will be in place.

The Austrian Government’s measures related to entering Austria at all borders, including land borders, remain in place until at least 31 May. The latest version of the regulations is available in German.

The updated legal text on landing bans is available here in German.

From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an  online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.

Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in  English  and German  – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.

There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in   German  and on Vienna’s programme in   English  and   German

There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here

Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English  as well as   German.

The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx 

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

All personnel are reminded to follow the precautionary measures such as keeping two metres distance, and wearing FFP2 masks as required, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the VIC. You can watch a short video with measures here .

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here here.

VIC Medical Service message:

Due to the deteriorating COVID-19 situation in India, the following procedure must be followed by all VIC-based personnel returning from India. Effective immediately, all travellers returning from India or who have been to India within the past ten days must:

  • quarantine for 10 days upon return to Austria;
  • have a PCR test upon arrival in Austria;
  •  and have a second PCR test 10 days after return to Austria. 

All travellers returning from India may only return to the office after receiving the negative PCR test following the 10-day quarantine.

The “Alles gurgelt” (Everyone gargles) free PCR test initiative provided by the City of Vienna has now widened its scope to all those living in Vienna, not just specific registered organizations or businesses.

For VIC personnel already using the service:

  • As announced today, no new bar codes will be sent each week by SMS.
  • To continue using the system, a personal bar code will be needed.
  • To obtain this bar code, go to www.allesgurgelt.at   
  • Log in with current username and password and follow the steps (for example, an authentication code will be sent to you by email).
  • Go to the “personal pick-up code” link and save this bar code as it will be required in the future.
  • Please check regularly in case this personal bar code is updated.
  • Four test kits per person per week (instead of eight previously) due to the increased population coverage and demand.

Those who have not yet used the service can register throughwww.allesgurgelt.at  

VIC Medical Service reminders:

  • Wear your FFP2 mask over nose and mouth
  • Observe the physical distance rule in the cafeteria 
  • Do not gather in groups (for example for coffee breaks)
  • Especially vulnerable persons (including pregnant women) should work from home. If that is not possible those individuals should adhere to the special mitigation measures for them at the workplace
  • If not already done, VIC personnel are encouraged to pre-register for vaccination on the respective Austrian provincial websites. Those living in Vienna can register here . Information is available in English. These are the sites for  Burgenland  and Lower Austria.
  • Taking part in a national programme is in line with the practice of the other UN system organizations. In this context, and as part of occupational health measures, personnel from VBOs are invited to inform the VIC Medical Service when they are completely vaccinated, through  EarthMed Portal  by following these steps:
  • From your official email address go to:  https://medical.un.org/earthmedportal/  
  • Click on the logo of your organization
  • Click on “Questionnaire”
  • Choose the questionnaire “COVID-19 Vaccination self-reporting”
  • Fill in the required information and upload your documentation as indicated.
  • Press “submit”.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The Mayor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig, and Vice Mayor Christoph Wiederkehr outlined plans on Thursday to ease measures in the city from later this month, bringing it into line with the Federal Government’s planned opening announcement.
  • In a televised briefing, Ludwig said the strain on Vienna hospitals had eased but the room for manoeuvre was small. The Mayor stressed that people could still be infected, fall seriously ill and suffer from Long COVID. 
  • Pregnant women would be prioritized for vaccination in May, he said. Vienna would further expand its PCR testing programme, including to schools.
  • Vienna would join the planned national opening steps as follows:
  • Schools in Vienna would return to full-time in-person schooling on 17 May.
  • Cultural institutions and sports venues, including public swimming pools, would open on 19 May with safety measures.
  • Hotels, cafes and restaurants would open on 19 May with stringent safety measures and inspections.
  • Details were yet to be regulated by the Health Ministry in a decree.
  • Two weeks from now there would be a further review meeting with experts, Ludwig said. Great care was needed not to jeopardize the successes achieved over the past weeks.
  • The 24-hour lockdown in Vienna and Niederösterreich (Lower Austria) province ended on 3 May, meaning the curfew period reverts to overnight from 20:00 to 06:00.
  • All shops reopened in Vienna and Lower Austria on Monday, along with hairdressers and other body-related services. FFP2 masks are required. A negative test is needed for hairdressers and other such services. Museums reopened.
  • Restaurants, cafes, bars and cultural venues remain closed until 19 May.
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  • The Austrian Government’s measures related to entering Austria at all borders, including land borders, remain in place until at least 31 May. The latest version of the regulations is available in German .
  • The updated legal text on landing bans is available here in German.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an  online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in   English  and  German  – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in   German  and on Vienna’s programme in   English  and   German .
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English  as well as   German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx 

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Between Monday 26 April and 3 May, the VIC Medical Service was notified that five people who work for VBOs tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Three work for IAEA, one for UNOV/UNODC and one for UNIDO. There was no workplace exposure. When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. Weekly textual updates will be provided, usually on Mondays.

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

All personnel are reminded to follow the precautionary measures such as keeping two metres distance, and wearing FFP2 masks as required, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the VIC. You can watch a short video with measures here .

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here.

VIC Medical Service message:

Due to the deteriorating COVID-19 situation in India, the following procedure must be followed by all VIC-based personnel returning from India. Effective immediately, all travellers returning from India or who have been to India within the past ten days must:

  • quarantine for 10 days upon return to Austria;
  • have a PCR test upon arrival in Austria;
  •  and have a second PCR test 10 days after return to Austria. 

All travellers returning from India may only return to the office after receiving the negative PCR test following the 10-day quarantine.

The “Alles gurgelt” (Everyone gargles) free PCR test initiative provided by the City of Vienna has now widened its scope to all those living in Vienna, not just specific registered organizations or businesses.

For VIC personnel already using the service:

  • As announced today, no new bar codes will be sent each week by SMS.
  • To continue using the system, a personal bar code will be needed.
  • To obtain this bar code, go to www.allesgurgelt.at   
  • Log in with current username and password and follow the steps (for example, an authentication code will be sent to you by email).
  • Go to the “personal pick-up code” link and save this bar code as it will be required in the future.
  • Please check regularly in case this personal bar code is updated.
  • Four test kits per person per week (instead of eight previously) due to the increased population coverage and demand.

Those who have not yet used the service can register throughwww.allesgurgelt.at  

VIC Medical Service reminders:

  • Wear your FFP2 mask over nose and mouth
  • Observe the physical distance rule in the cafeteria 
  • Do not gather in groups (for example for coffee breaks)
  • Especially vulnerable persons (including pregnant women) should work from home. If that is not possible those individuals should adhere to the special mitigation measures for them at the workplace
  • If not already done, VIC personnel are encouraged to pre-register for vaccination on the respective Austrian provincial websites. Those living in Vienna can register here . Information is available in English. These are the sites for  Burgenland  and Lower Austria.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The 24-hour lockdown in Vienna and Niederösterreich (Lower Austria) province ended on 3 May, meaning the curfew period reverts to overnight from 20:00 to 06:00.
  • All shops reopened in Vienna and Lower Austria on Monday, along with hairdressers and other body-related services. FFP2 masks are required. A negative test is needed for hairdressers and other such services. Museums reopened.
  • Restaurants, cafes, bars and cultural venues remain closed.
  • Vienna’s leaders are expected to meet on Thursday to decide whether and to what extent the national opening steps announced by the Federal Government for 19 May will apply to the city.
  • The Austrian Government’s measures related to entering Austria at all borders, including land borders, remain in place until at least 31 May. The latest version of the regulations is available in German  .
  • The updated legal text on landing bans is available here in German.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an  online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in   English  and  German  – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in   German  and on Vienna’s programme in   English  and   German .
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English  as well as   German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx 

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here.

VIC Medical Service message:

Due to the deteriorating COVID-19 situation in India, the following procedure must be followed by all VIC-based personnel returning from India. Effective immediately, all travellers returning from India or who have been to India within the past ten days must:

  • quarantine for 10 days upon return to Austria;
  • have a PCR test upon arrival in Austria;
  •  and have a second PCR test 10 days after return to Austria. 

All travellers returning from India may only return to the office after receiving the negative PCR test following the 10-day quarantine.

The “Alles gurgelt” (Everyone gargles) free PCR test initiative provided by the City of Vienna has now widened its scope to all those living in Vienna, not just specific registered organizations or businesses.

For VIC personnel already using the service:

  • As announced today, no new bar codes will be sent each week by SMS.
  • To continue using the system, a personal bar code will be needed.
  • To obtain this bar code, go to www.allesgurgelt.at   
  • Log in with current username and password and follow the steps (for example, an authentication code will be sent to you by email).
  • Go to the “personal pick-up code” link and save this bar code as it will be required in the future.
  • Please check regularly in case this personal bar code is updated.
  • Four test kits per person per week (instead of eight previously) due to the increased population coverage and demand.

Those who have not yet used the service can register throughwww.allesgurgelt.at  

VIC Medical Service reminders:

  • Wear your FFP2 mask over nose and mouth
  • Observe the physical distance rule in the cafeteria 
  • Do not gather in groups (for example for coffee breaks)
  • Especially vulnerable persons (including pregnant women) should work from home. If that is not possible those individuals should adhere to the special mitigation measures for them at the workplace
  • If not already done, VIC personnel are encouraged to pre-register for vaccination on the respective Austrian provincial websites

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Niederösterreich (Lower Austria) province will open bookings for vaccination appointments for all age groups in a phased system starting 3-10 May.
  • The Austrian national vaccination commission officially approved the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Wednesday.
  • The Austrian national vaccination commission has recommended prioritizing pregnant women for vaccination. This is yet to be implemented by the provinces in their vaccination plans.
  • Austria imposed a landing ban on flights from India.
  • The updated legal text on regulations on entering Austria is available  here. The updated legal text on landing bans is available here. (Both in German)
  • Vienna’s 24-hour lockdown will end on 3 May, the city’s mayor said at a televised briefing on Tuesday after meetings with experts and other city officials.
  • Mayor Michael Ludwig said all shops could reopen on that date, along with hairdressers and other body-related services. FFP2 masks would still be required. A negative test would be needed for hairdressers and other such services. Museums will reopen.
  • Restaurants, cafes, bars and cultural venues will remain closed, Ludwig said.
  • The mayor said city leaders would decide next week whether and to what extent the opening steps announced by the Federal Government for 19 May will apply to Vienna. Opening many sectors at the same time would be very difficult, the mayor said.
  • Ludwig said Vienna’s intensive care units were still in a serious position, although there had been an improvement in the numbers. The aim was to get below 33 per cent of intensive care beds being occupied by COVID-19 patients.
  • It was not announced whether Vienna would allow students of all grades to return to full-time in-person schooling from 17 May in line with the Education Ministry’s decision last week.
  • These are the measures that remain in place in Vienna and Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) until 2 May. Lower Austria had already announced it would end its lockdown on that date:
  • Twenty-four-hour lockdown. People should not leave their homes except for the usual exceptions such as essential shopping and exercise. Additionally, in this lockdown it will be possible to leave your home to collect goods.
  • One household can meet maximum one single person to whom there are close relations. This applies to meeting both indoors and outdoors.
  • Non-essential shops, hairdressers, nail shops, museums and libraries, for example, will be closed during these periods.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 1 April is online in German.
  • The City of Vienna decreed that FFP2 masks must be worn in the following public spaces (links to maps of the exact areas on the City of Vienna website). This measure will be lifted from 3 May, but Ludwig said it could be reintroduced if conditions deteriorate:
  • Donaukanal (between Friedensbrücke and Franzensbrücke):  Plan (2,4 MB PDF)
  • Schwedenplatz:   Plan (1,5 MB PDF)
  • Maria-Theresien-Platz and Museumsquartier:   Plan (1,2 MB PDF)
  • Stephansplatz: Plan (1 MB PDF)  
  • Karlsplatz/Resselpark: Plan (1,3 MB PDF)
  • The Austrian Government’s measures related to entering Austria at all borders, including land borders, remain in place until at least 31 May.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an  online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in   English  and  German  – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • Austria national vaccination dashboard is online in   English and   German.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in   German  and on Vienna’s programme in   English  and   German .
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English  as well as   German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx 

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here.

VIC Medical Service message:

The “Alles gurgelt” (Everyone gargles) free PCR test initiative provided by the City of Vienna has now widened its scope to all those living in Vienna, not just specific registered organizations or businesses.

For VIC personnel already using the service:

  • As announced today, no new bar codes will be sent each week by SMS.
  • To continue using the system, a personal bar code will be needed.
  • To obtain this bar code, go to www.allesgurgelt.at   
  • Log in with current username and password and follow the steps (for example, an authentication code will be sent to you by email).
  • Go to the “personal pick-up code” link and save this bar code as it will be required in the future.
  • Please check regularly in case this personal bar code is updated.
  • Four test kits per person per week (instead of eight previously) due to the increased population coverage and demand.

Those who have not yet used the service can register throughwww.allesgurgelt.at  

VIC Medical Service reminders:

  • Wear your FFP2 mask over nose and mouth
  • Observe the physical distance rule in the cafeteria 
  • Do not gather in groups (for example for coffee breaks)
  • Especially vulnerable persons (including pregnant women) should work from home. If that is not possible those individuals should adhere to the special mitigation measures for them at the workplace
  • If not already done, VIC personnel are encouraged to pre-register for vaccination on the respective Austrian provincial websites

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Vienna’s 24-hour lockdown will end on 3 May, the city’s mayor said at a televised briefing on Tuesday after meetings with experts and other city officials.
  • Mayor Michael Ludwig said all shops could reopen on that date, along with hairdressers and other body-related services. FFP2 masks would still be required. A negative test would be needed for hairdressers and other such services. Museums will reopen.
  • Restaurants, cafes, bars and cultural venues will remain closed, Ludwig said.
  • The mayor said city leaders would decide next week whether and to what extent the opening steps announced by the Federal Government for 19 May will apply to Vienna. Opening many sectors at the same time would be very difficult, the mayor said.
  • Ludwig said Vienna’s intensive care units were still in a serious position, although there had been an improvement in the numbers. The aim was to get below 33 per cent of intensive care beds being occupied by COVID-19 patients.
  • It was not announced whether Vienna would allow students of all grades to return to full-time in-person schooling from 17 May in line with the Education Ministry’s decision last week.
  • These are the measures that remain in place in Vienna and Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) until 2 May. Lower Austria had already announced it would end its lockdown on that date:
  • Twenty-four-hour lockdown. People should not leave their homes except for the usual exceptions such as essential shopping and exercise. Additionally, in this lockdown it will be possible to leave your home to collect goods.
  • One household can meet maximum one single person to whom there are close relations. This applies to meeting both indoors and outdoors.
  • Non-essential shops, hairdressers, nail shops, museums and libraries, for example, will be closed during these periods.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 1 April is online in German.
  • The City of Vienna decreed that FFP2 masks must be worn in the following public spaces (links to maps of the exact areas on the City of Vienna website). This measure will be lifted from 3 May, but Ludwig said it could be reintroduced if conditions deteriorate:
  • Donaukanal (between Friedensbrücke and Franzensbrücke):  Plan (2,4 MB PDF)
  • Schwedenplatz:   Plan (1,5 MB PDF)
  • Maria-Theresien-Platz and Museumsquartier:   Plan (1,2 MB PDF)
  • Stephansplatz: Plan (1 MB PDF)  
  • Karlsplatz/Resselpark: Plan (1,3 MB PDF)
  • The Austrian Government’s measures related to entering Austria at all borders, including land borders, remain in place until at least 31 May.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an  online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in   English  and  German  – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • Austria national vaccination dashboard is online in   English and   German.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in   German  and on Vienna’s programme in   English  and   German .
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English  as well as   German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx 

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Since Monday 19 April, the VIC Medical Service has been notified that nine people who work for VBOs tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Five work for UNIDO, two for UNOV/UNODC and two for IAEA. There was no workplace exposure. When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. Weekly textual updates will be provided, usually on Mondays.

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here.

VIC Medical Service message:

The “Alles gurgelt” (Everyone gargles) free PCR test initiative provided by the City of Vienna has now widened its scope to all those living in Vienna, not just specific registered organizations or businesses.

For VIC personnel already using the service:

  • As announced today, no new bar codes will be sent each week by SMS.
  • To continue using the system, a personal bar code will be needed.
  • To obtain this bar code, go to www.allesgurgelt.at
  • Log in with current username and password and follow the steps (for example, an authentication code will be sent to you by email).
  • Go to the “personal pick-up code” link and save this bar code as it will be required in the future.
  • Please check regularly in case this personal bar code is updated.
  • Four test kits per person per week (instead of eight previously) due to the increased population coverage and demand.

Those who have not yet used the service can register through www.allesgurgelt.at

VIC Medical Service reminders:

  • Wear your FFP2 mask over nose and mouth
  • Observe the physical distance rule in the cafeteria
  • Do not gather in groups (for example for coffee breaks)
  • Especially vulnerable persons (including pregnant women) should work from home. If that is not possible those individuals should adhere to the special mitigation measures for them at the workplace
  • If not already done, VIC personnel are encouraged to pre-register for vaccination on the respective Austrian provincial websites

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • According to media, the City of Vienna is to decide on Tuesday on the way ahead after 2 May, when the additional regional regulations (“hard lockdown,”) currently in place in Vienna and Lower Austria, expire. The City is also yet to decide on whether and to what extent the opening steps announced by the Federal Government for 19 May will apply to Vienna or whether to have a slower opening in Vienna.
  • Schools in Vienna and Lower Austria returned to in-person schooling today, with a shift system in middle and high schools.
  • On Saturday, Minister of Education Heinz Fassmann elaborated on the plans announced by the Government on Friday for all schools to return to full-time in-person classes as of 17 May. All students would have to test for COVID-19 three times per week. Final-year high school students taking their leaving exams (Matura) should use the opportunity to go to a COVID-19 test centre on the day before their exam, said Fassmann.
  • These measures remain in place in Vienna and Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) until at least 2 May:
  • Twenty-four-hour lockdown. People should not leave their homes except for the usual exceptions such as essential shopping and exercise. Additionally, in this lockdown it will be possible to leave your home to collect goods.
  • One household can meet maximum one single person to whom there are close relations. This applies to meeting both indoors and outdoors.
  • Non-essential shops, hairdressers, nail shops, museums and libraries, for example, will be closed during these periods.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 1 April is online in German.
  • Lower Austria and Burgenland decided on Wednesday to extend their 1-6 April lockdown to 10 April to be in step with Vienna.
  • Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Health Minister Rudolf Anschober are meeting online on Thursday with provincial intensive care coordinators to review the challenges hospitals face.
  • In Vienna, where 206 people are in intensive care, one senior doctor told ORF TV, “We are reaching our limits.”
  • The City of Vienna decreed that FFP2 masks must be worn in the following public spaces between 1 and 10 April (links to maps of the exact areas on the City of Vienna website):
  • Donaukanal (between Friedensbrücke and Franzensbrücke): Plan (2,4 MB PDF)
  • Schwedenplatz: Plan (1,5 MB PDF)
  • Maria-Theresien-Platz and Museumsquartier: Plan (1,2 MB PDF)
  • Stephansplatz: Plan (1 MB PDF)
  • Karlsplatz/Resselpark: Plan (1,3 MB PDF)
  • The Austrian Government’s measures related to entering Austria at all borders, including land borders, remain in place until at least 31 May.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • Austria national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna’s programme in English and German .
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

The Austrian government has announced an easing of restrictions in a number of sectors nationally from 19 May, subject to backing from the nine provinces. The VBOs are studying the latest Austrian measures and will provide further information on any impact on VIC operations.

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here.

VIC Medical Service message:

The “Alles gurgelt” (Everyone gargles) free PCR test initiative provided by the City of Vienna has now widened its scope to all those living in Vienna, not just specific registered organizations or businesses.

For VIC personnel already using the service:

  • As announced today, no new bar codes will be sent each week by SMS.
  • To continue using the system, a personal bar code will be needed.
  • To obtain this bar code, go to www.allesgurgelt.at
  • Log in with current username and password and follow the steps (for example, an authentication code will be sent to you by email).
  • Go to the “personal pick-up code” link and save this bar code as it will be required in the future.
  • Please check regularly in case this personal bar code is updated.
  • Four test kits per person per week (instead of eight previously) due to the increased population coverage and demand.

Those who have not yet used the service can register throughwww.allesgurgelt.at

VIC Medical Service reminders:

  • Wear your FFP2 mask over nose and mouth
  • Observe the physical distance rule in the cafeteria
  • Do not gather in groups (for example for coffee breaks)
  • Especially vulnerable persons (including pregnant women) should work from home. If that is not possible those individuals should adhere to the special mitigation measures for them at the workplace
  • If not already done, VIC personnel are encouraged to pre-register for vaccination on the respective Austrian provincial websites

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The Austrian government met with experts as well as representatives of the provinces, municipalities, business and labour on Friday to discuss the way ahead.
  • In a televised news conference following the meeting, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the vaccination programme was making progress and he expected everyone who wished to be vaccinated to be offered a first shot before July.
  • Kurz said that from 19 May, opening steps, with clear safety concepts, would be possible nationally.
  • Significantly, this will be subject to the decision of the regional government in each province. Vienna’s mayor urged continued caution, for example.
  • Kurz said the basic requirement for access to all areas would be meeting one of the three criteria of a planned “green passport”, which would provide evidence of vaccination, testing or COVID-19 recovery. These three would be treated equally. Additionally, distancing, masks and group limits would continue to be required where needed.
  • Restaurants would be open to those meeting the “vaccinated, tested, recovered” criteria, with a maximum of four adults per table indoors and 10 outdoors, in each case plus children.
  • Sports activities would be open to those meeting the “vaccinated, tested, recovered” criteria, with limitations on the number of people participating.
  • Cultural events would be allowed, and accessible to those meeting the “vaccinated, tested, recovered” criteria, for a maximum of 1,500 participants indoors and 3,000 outdoors.
  • The tourism sector would be opened to those meeting the “vaccinated, tested, recovered” criteria, including to tourists from abroad from 19 May. There would be quarantine requirements for travellers from high-incidence areas but not from countries or regions where infections were under control.
  • More details would be provided on these measures in the coming days, Kurz said.
  • It was expected that safety measures in the above areas could be reduced in July.
  • It was planned for all schools to return to full-time in-person schooling from 17 May. The Education Minister will give a press conference with further details on Saturday.
  • Professor Oswald Wagner, Vice Rector of Vienna Medical University, recommended that individuals exercise caution and consider possibly not participating in all opened sectors before they were fully vaccinated. Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein urged everyone eligible to get vaccinated.
  • In a separate news conference today, the Mayor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig, said the way ahead for Vienna would be discussed next week and would be based on infection numbers and intensive care capacity, which remained a cause for concern. If necessary, Vienna would proceed with opening steps more cautiously and later than the rest of the country, said Ludwig.
  • These measures remain in place in Vienna and Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) until at least 2 May:
  • Twenty-four-hour lockdown. People should not leave their homes except for the usual exceptions such as essential shopping and exercise. Additionally, in this lockdown it will be possible to leave your home to collect goods.
  • One household can meet maximum one single person to whom there are close relations. This applies to meeting both indoors and outdoors.
  • Non-essential shops, hairdressers, nail shops, museums and libraries, for example, will be closed during these periods.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 1 April is online in German.
  • Lower Austria and Burgenland decided on Wednesday to extend their 1-6 April lockdown to 10 April to be in step with Vienna.
  • Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Health Minister Rudolf Anschober are meeting online on Thursday with provincial intensive care coordinators to review the challenges hospitals face.
  • In Vienna, where 206 people are in intensive care, one senior doctor told ORF TV, “We are reaching our limits.”
  • The City of Vienna decreed that FFP2 masks must be worn in the following public spaces between 1 and 10 April (links to maps of the exact areas on the City of Vienna website):
  • Donaukanal (between Friedensbrücke and Franzensbrücke): Plan (2,4 MB PDF)
  • Schwedenplatz: Plan (1,5 MB PDF)
  • Maria-Theresien-Platz and Museumsquartier: Plan (1,2 MB PDF)
  • Stephansplatz: Plan (1 MB PDF)
  • Karlsplatz/Resselpark: Plan (1,3 MB PDF)
  • The Austrian Government’s measures related to entering Austria at all borders, including land borders, remain in place until at least 31 May.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • Austria national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna’s programme in English and German .
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Since Monday 12 April, the VIC Medical Service has been notified that 15 people who work for VBOs tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Eight work for the IAEA, five for UNIDO, one for UNOV/UNODC and one for CTBTO. Close contacts of one person who tested positive for SARS CoV-2 have been informed. For the other 14 people there was no workplace exposure. When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. Weekly textual updates will be provided, usually on Mondays.

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here.

VIC Medical Service message:

The “Alles gurgelt” (Everyone gargles) free PCR test initiative provided by the City of Vienna has now widened its scope to all those living in Vienna, not just specific registered organizations or businesses.

For VIC personnel already using the service:

  • As announced today, no new bar codes will be sent each week by SMS.
  • To continue using the system, a personal bar code will be needed.
  • To obtain this bar code, go to www.allesgurgelt.at   
  • Log in with current username and password and follow the steps (for example, an authentication code will be sent to you by email).
  • Go to the “personal pick-up code” link and save this bar code as it will be required in the future.
  • Please check regularly in case this personal bar code is updated.
  • Four test kits per person per week (instead of eight previously) due to the increased population coverage and demand.

Those who have not yet used the service can register throughwww.allesgurgelt.at  

VIC Medical Service reminders:

  • Wear your FFP2 mask over nose and mouth
  • Observe the physical distance rule in the cafeteria 
  • Do not gather in groups (for example for coffee breaks)
  • Especially vulnerable persons (including pregnant women) should work from home. If that is not possible those individuals should adhere to the special mitigation measures for them at the workplace
  • If not already done, VIC personnel are encouraged to pre-register for vaccination on the respective Austrian provincial websites

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen swore in the country’s new health minister, Wolfgang Mückstein, on Monday.
  • The minister said the top priority was protecting lives by ensuring there were enough intensive care beds, according to Austrian media reports.
  • He said he was optimistic about Austria’s vaccination programme because about one million doses from BioNTech/Pfizer were being delivered earlier than originally envisaged.
  • Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the government agreed Austria would buy one million doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. The vaccine will be administered after it has been approved for use by the European Medicines Agency.
  • On Friday, the government met with experts and regional leaders. Kurz said a detailed plan would be developed and presented this week on reopening closed parts of the economy and society, beginning in May.
  • Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler said the peak of the third wave had been reached but caution was still needed. He urged all those eligible to register for the vaccination programme.  
  • The Vice Rector of the Medical University of Vienna, Oswald Wagner, cautioned against overconfidence when planning reopening steps.
  • Burgenland, one of the three eastern provinces of Austria, ended its 24-hour lockdown measures today.
  • These measures remain in place in Vienna and Lower Austria (Niederösterreich):
  • Twenty-four-hour lockdown. People should not leave their homes except for the usual exceptions such as essential shopping and exercise. Additionally, in this lockdown it will be possible to leave your home to collect goods.
  • One household can meet maximum one single person to whom there are close relations. This applies to meeting both indoors and outdoors.
  • Non-essential shops, hairdressers, nail shops, museums and libraries, for example, will be closed during these periods.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 1 April is online in German.
  • Lower Austria and Burgenland decided on Wednesday to extend their 1-6 April lockdown to 10 April to be in step with Vienna.
  • Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Health Minister Rudolf Anschober are meeting online on Thursday with provincial intensive care coordinators to review the challenges hospitals face.
  • In Vienna, where 206 people are in intensive care, one senior doctor told ORF TV, “We are reaching our limits.”
  • The City of Vienna decreed that FFP2 masks must be worn in the following public spaces between 1 and 10 April (links to maps of the exact areas on the City of Vienna website):
  • Donaukanal (between Friedensbrücke and Franzensbrücke):  Plan (2,4 MB PDF)
  • Schwedenplatz:   Plan (1,5 MB PDF)
  • Maria-Theresien-Platz and Museumsquartier:   Plan (1,2 MB PDF)
  • Stephansplatz: Plan (1 MB PDF)  
  • Karlsplatz/Resselpark: Plan (1,3 MB PDF)
  • The Austrian Government’s measures related to entering Austria at all borders, including land borders, remain in place until at least 31 May.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an  online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in   English  and  German  – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • Austria national vaccination dashboard is online in   English and   German.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in   German  and on Vienna’s programme in   English  and   German .
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English  as well as   German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx 

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here.

VIC Medical Service message:

The “Alles gurgelt” (Everyone gargles) free PCR test initiative provided by the City of Vienna has now widened its scope to all those living in Vienna, not just specific registered organizations or businesses.

For VIC personnel already using the service:

  • As announced today, no new bar codes will be sent each week by SMS.
  • To continue using the system, a personal bar code will be needed.
  • To obtain this bar code, go to www.allesgurgelt.at
  • Log in with current username and password and follow the steps (for example, an authentication code will be sent to you by email).
  • Go to the “personal pick-up code” link and save this bar code as it will be required in the future.
  • Please check regularly in case this personal bar code is updated.
  • Four test kits per person per week (instead of eight previously) due to the increased population coverage and demand.

Those who have not yet used the service can register throughwww.allesgurgelt.at

VIC Medical Service reminders:

  • Wear your FFP2 mask over nose and mouth
  • Observe the physical distance rule in the cafeteria
  • Do not gather in groups (for example for coffee breaks)
  • Especially vulnerable persons (including pregnant women) should work from home. If that is not possible those individuals should adhere to the special mitigation measures for them at the workplace
  • If not already done, VIC personnel are encouraged to pre-register for vaccination on the respective Austrian provincial websites

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The City of Vienna opened registration on Thursday for at-risk residents of any age to be vaccinated this month, starting from Monday 19 April.
  • Some 130,000 people fall into this category; about half have already been vaccinated because of their older age.
  • Those who register as an at-risk resident must provide proof before being vaccinated. The proof is a certificate from a doctor registered and licensed in Austria, such as your general practitioner.
  • NOTE: the VIC Medical Service cannot provide such a certificate.
  • The official list of at-risk conditions is available in German.
  • Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Thursday the aim was for at least six million people in Austria to have received their first vaccine dose by mid-July, assuming there are no supply delays.
  • The governor of Burgenland, Hans Peter Doskozil, said on Wednesday the province would end its 24-hour lockdown on Monday 19 April, meaning children could return to school and non-essential shops could reopen. This contrasted with the other two eastern provinces, Vienna and Lower Austria (Niederösterreich), which extended their lockdowns until Sunday 2 May.
  • An expert panel advising the Austrian government said on Thursday that the expectation of the overall trend was for the number of new cases to stabilize and reduce, but with sharp regional differences. The pressure remains high on intensive care units, especially in the eastern provinces.
  • These are the measures in place in the three eastern provinces of Austria; Vienna, Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) and Burgenland:
  • Twenty-four-hour lockdown. People should not leave their homes except for the usual exceptions such as essential shopping and exercise. Additionally, in this lockdown it will be possible to leave your home to collect goods.
  • One household can meet maximum one single person to whom there are close relations. This applies to meeting both indoors and outdoors.
  • Non-essential shops, hairdressers, nail shops, museums and libraries, for example, will be closed during these periods.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 1 April is online in German.
  • Lower Austria and Burgenland decided on Wednesday to extend their 1-6 April lockdown to 10 April to be in step with Vienna.
  • Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Health Minister Rudolf Anschober are meeting online on Thursday with provincial intensive care coordinators to review the challenges hospitals face.
  • In Vienna, where 206 people are in intensive care, one senior doctor told ORF TV, “We are reaching our limits.”
  • The City of Vienna decreed that FFP2 masks must be worn in the following public spaces between 1 and 10 April (links to maps of the exact areas on the City of Vienna website):
  • Donaukanal (between Friedensbrücke and Franzensbrücke): Plan (2,4 MB PDF)
  • Schwedenplatz: Plan (1,5 MB PDF)
  • Maria-Theresien-Platz and Museumsquartier: Plan (1,2 MB PDF)
  • Stephansplatz: Plan (1 MB PDF)
  • Karlsplatz/Resselpark: Plan (1,3 MB PDF)
  • The Austrian Government’s measures related to entering Austria at all borders, including land borders, remain in place until at least 31 May.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • Austria national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna’s programme in English and German .
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Since Monday 5 April, the VIC Medical Service has been notified that 15 people who work for VBOs tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Nine work for the IAEA, four for UNOV/UNODC and one for UNIDO, and one works at the VIC but not for one of the VBOs. Close contacts of three people who tested positive for SARS CoV-2 have been informed. For the other 12 people there was no workplace exposure. When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. Weekly textual updates will be provided, usually on Mondays.

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here.

VIC Medical Service message:

The “Alles gurgelt” (Everyone gargles) free PCR test initiative provided by the City of Vienna has now widened its scope to all those living in Vienna, not just specific registered organizations or businesses.

For VIC personnel already using the service:

  • As announced today, no new bar codes will be sent each week by SMS.
  • To continue using the system, a personal bar code will be needed.
  • To obtain this bar code, go to www.allesgurgelt.at
  • Log in with current username and password and follow the steps (for example, an authentication code will be sent to you by email).
  • Go to the “personal pick-up code” link and save this bar code as it will be required in the future.
  • Please check regularly in case this personal bar code is updated.
  • Four test kits per person per week (instead of eight previously) due to the increased population coverage and demand.

Those who have not yet used the service can register throughwww.allesgurgelt.at

VIC Medical Service reminders:

  • Wear your FFP2 mask over nose and mouth
  • Observe the physical distance rule in the cafeteria
  • Do not gather in groups (for example for coffee breaks)
  • Especially vulnerable persons (including pregnant women) should work from home. If that is not possible those individuals should adhere to the special mitigation measures for them at the workplace
  • If not already done, VIC personnel are encouraged to pre-register for vaccination on the respective Austrian provincial websites

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The Mayor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig, said on Monday the lockdown in the city would be extended until Sunday 2 May because of the continued strain on intensive care units in the Austrian capital.
  • In a televised briefing, Ludwig said children would remain in home schooling until 25 April and then be able to return to school for lessons.
  • The extended lockdown would be unpopular but was necessary, Ludwig said, noting younger people were increasingly falling ill with COVID-19. He spoke after being briefed by intensive care doctors and other experts. There were a record 245 people in intensive care in Vienna on Monday, he said.
  • The governor of Lower Austria (Niederösterreich), Johanna Mikl-Leitner, told reporters her province would also extend its lockdown in step with Vienna.
  • It was not immediately clear whether the other eastern province Burgenland would also extend its lockdown. Ludwig said he was in close contact with the governors of the neighbouring provinces and the federal government.
  • The federal government is scheduled to meet with experts, the opposition and regional governors, including Ludwig, on Friday.
  • These are the measures in place in the three eastern provinces of Austria; Vienna, Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) and Burgenland:
  • Twenty-four-hour lockdown. People should not leave their homes except for the usual exceptions such as essential shopping and exercise. Additionally, in this lockdown it will be possible to leave your home to collect goods.
  • One household can meet maximum one single person to whom there are close relations. This applies to meeting both indoors and outdoors.
  • Non-essential shops, hairdressers, nail shops, museums and libraries, for example, will be closed during these periods.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 1 April is online in German.
  • Lower Austria and Burgenland decided on Wednesday to extend their 1-6 April lockdown to 10 April to be in step with Vienna.
  • Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Health Minister Rudolf Anschober are meeting online on Thursday with provincial intensive care coordinators to review the challenges hospitals face.
  • In Vienna, where 206 people are in intensive care, one senior doctor told ORF TV, “We are reaching our limits.”
  • The City of Vienna decreed that FFP2 masks must be worn in the following public spaces between 1 and 10 April (links to maps of the exact areas on the City of Vienna website):
  • Donaukanal (between Friedensbrücke and Franzensbrücke): Plan (2,4 MB PDF)
  • Schwedenplatz: Plan (1,5 MB PDF)
  • Maria-Theresien-Platz and Museumsquartier: Plan (1,2 MB PDF)
  • Stephansplatz: Plan (1 MB PDF)
  • Karlsplatz/Resselpark: Plan (1,3 MB PDF)
  • The Austrian Government’s measures related to entering Austria at all borders, including land borders, remain in place until at least 31 May.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • Austria national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna’s programme in English and German .
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Since Monday 29 March until 5 April, the VIC Medical Service has been notified that seven people who work for VBOs tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Three work for the IAEA, three for UNOV/UNODC and one for UNIDO. There was workplace exposure in one case. When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. Weekly textual updates will be provided, usually on Mondays.

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here.

VIC Medical Service message:

The “Alles gurgelt” (Everyone gargles) free PCR test initiative provided by the City of Vienna has now widened its scope to all those living in Vienna, not just specific registered organizations or businesses.

For VIC personnel already using the service:

  • As announced today, no new bar codes will be sent each week by SMS.
  • To continue using the system, a personal bar code will be needed.
  • To obtain this bar code, go to www.allesgurgelt.at
  • Log in with current username and password and follow the steps (for example, an authentication code will be sent to you by email).
  • Go to the “personal pick-up code” link and save this bar code as it will be required in the future.
  • Please check regularly in case this personal bar code is updated.
  • Four test kits per person per week (instead of eight previously) due to the increased population coverage and demand.

Those who have not yet used the service can register throughwww.allesgurgelt.at

VIC Medical Service reminders:

  • Wear your FFP2 mask over nose and mouth
  • Observe the physical distance rule in the cafeteria
  • Do not gather in groups (for example for coffee breaks)
  • Especially vulnerable persons (including pregnant women) should work from home. If that is not possible those individuals should adhere to the special mitigation measures for them at the workplace
  • If not already done, VIC personnel are encouraged to pre-register for vaccination on the respective Austrian provincial websites

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The measures in place since 1 April in Vienna, Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) and Burgenland, which had been due to be eased from 11 April, will remain so until 18 April, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Tuesday.
  • Speaking at a televised briefing after meetings with experts, the opposition and provincial leaders, Kurz said the decision to extend the measures was taken because of the continued high infection numbers and stretched intensive care units in the three eastern provinces.
  • He said with progress in the vaccination campaign he expected steps to ease measures more generally to become possible in May.
  • A new “opening commission” will chart the course, Kurz said. The commission will include cabinet members, as well as representatives of the employers’ federations and trade unions, the provinces and cities and municipalities.
  • Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler said easing in May was realistic but depended on infection numbers. There would be further discussions on this in 14 days.
  • The Mayor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig, said the caseload and pressure on intensive care remained very serious in the three eastern provinces and they had therefore agreed to continue the measures until at least 18 April. It was important to reduce new infections and intensive care use markedly and sustainably.
  • Professor Oswald Wagner, Vice Rector of Vienna Medical University, representing the experts advising the Government, said the rise over the recent weeks had not been exponential, which the experts considered was due to three factors: FFP2 masks, testing and vaccinations.
  • Wagner recommended all people wear FFP2 masks wherever possible, including in offices. He said the experts recommended telecommuting wherever possible.
  • These are the measures:
  • Twenty-four-hour lockdown. People should not leave their homes except for the usual exceptions such as essential shopping and exercise. Additionally, in this lockdown it will be possible to leave your home to collect goods.
  • One household can meet maximum one single person to whom there are close relations. This applies to meeting both indoors and outdoors.
  • Non-essential shops, hairdressers, nail shops, museums and libraries, for example, will be closed during these periods.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 1 April is online in German.
  • Lower Austria and Burgenland decided on Wednesday to extend their 1-6 April lockdown to 10 April to be in step with Vienna.
  • Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Health Minister Rudolf Anschober are meeting online on Thursday with provincial intensive care coordinators to review the challenges hospitals face.
  • In Vienna, where 206 people are in intensive care, one senior doctor told ORF TV, “We are reaching our limits.”
  • The City of Vienna decreed that FFP2 masks must be worn in the following public spaces between 1 and 10 April (links to maps of the exact areas on the City of Vienna website):
  • Donaukanal (between Friedensbrücke and Franzensbrücke): Plan (2,4 MB PDF)
  • Schwedenplatz: Plan (1,5 MB PDF)
  • Maria-Theresien-Platz and Museumsquartier: Plan (1,2 MB PDF)
  • Stephansplatz: Plan (1 MB PDF)
  • Karlsplatz/Resselpark: Plan (1,3 MB PDF)
  • The Austrian Government’s measures related to entering Austria at all borders, including land borders, remain in place until at least 31 May.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • Austria national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna’s programme in English and German .
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Austria’s latest measures took effect at 00:00 on Thursday 1 April and will be in place until at least 23:59 on Saturday 10 April in Vienna, Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) and Burgenland. Taking into account the latest measures adopted by the Austrian authorities, there is no additional impact on the VIC operations and the current measures remain in place.

Bearing in mind their mandate and operational requirements, CTBTO, IAEA, UNIDO and UNOV/UNODC will continue with a reduced presence at the VIC between 1 and 10 April.

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here.

VIC Medical Service message:

The “Alles gurgelt” (Everyone gargles) free PCR test initiative provided by the City of Vienna has now widened its scope to all those living in Vienna, not just specific registered organizations or businesses.

For VIC personnel already using the service:

  • As announced today, no new bar codes will be sent each week by SMS.
  • To continue using the system, a personal bar code will be needed.
  • To obtain this bar code, go to www.allesgurgelt.at
  • Log in with current username and password and follow the steps (for example, an authentication code will be sent to you by email).
  • Go to the “personal pick-up code” link and save this bar code as it will be required in the future.
  • Please check regularly in case this personal bar code is updated.
  • Four test kits per person per week (instead of eight previously) due to the increased population coverage and demand.

Those who have not yet used the service can register throughwww.allesgurgelt.at

Reminder: VIC Commissary

In line with local authority measures, the VIC Commissary remains open from 11:00 to 18:00.

To avoid crowding during peak periods and extended waiting times, Commissary cardholders must register for a date and timeslot. Cardholders will receive an automatically generated confirmation of their registration via email that must be shown (electronically or as a printout) to Commissary staff upon request. No limit is placed on frequency of visits.

Family cardholders must show their email registration at the gate. It is not mandatory to present a negative COVID-19 test result to enter the VIC Commissary.

Family members do not have access to the building, except for the Commissary, until further notice. Family cardholders driving in thorough Gate 4 should park in the Commissary car park. Children are currently not allowed to enter the VIC, including the Commissary.

VIC Medical Service reminders:

  • Wear your FFP2 mask over nose and mouth
  • Observe the physical distance rule in the cafeteria
  • Do not gather in groups (for example for coffee breaks)
  • Especially vulnerable persons (including pregnant women) should work from home. If that is not possible those individuals should adhere to the special mitigation measures for them at the workplace
  • If not already done, VIC personnel are encouraged to pre-register for vaccination on the respective Austrian provincial websites

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The following measures came into effect from 00:00 on Thursday 1 April until at least 23:59 on 10 April in Vienna, Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) and Burgenland.
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  • Twenty-four-hour lockdown. People should not leave their homes except for the usual exceptions such as essential shopping and exercise. Additionally, in this lockdown it will be possible to leave your home to collect goods.
  • One household can meet maximum one single person to whom there are close relations. This applies to meeting both indoors and outdoors.
  • Non-essential shops, hairdressers, nail shops, museums and libraries, for example, will be closed during these periods.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 1 April is online in German.
  • Lower Austria and Burgenland decided on Wednesday to extend their 1-6 April lockdown to 10 April to be in step with Vienna.
  • Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Health Minister Rudolf Anschober are meeting online on Thursday with provincial intensive care coordinators to review the challenges hospitals face.
  • In Vienna, where 206 people are in intensive care, one senior doctor told ORF TV, “We are reaching our limits.”
  • The City of Vienna decreed that FFP2 masks must be worn in the following public spaces between 1 and 10 April (links to maps of the exact areas on the City of Vienna website):
  • Donaukanal (between Friedensbrücke and Franzensbrücke): Plan (2,4 MB PDF)
  • Schwedenplatz: Plan (1,5 MB PDF)
  • Maria-Theresien-Platz and Museumsquartier: Plan (1,2 MB PDF)
  • Stephansplatz: Plan (1 MB PDF)
  • Karlsplatz/Resselpark: Plan (1,3 MB PDF)
  • The Austrian Government’s measures related to entering Austria at all borders, including land borders, remain in place until at least 31 May.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • Austria national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna’s programme in English and German .
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Austria’s latest measures take effect at 00:00 on Thursday 1 April and will be in place until at least 10 April in Vienna and 6 April in Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) and Burgenland.

Taking into account the latest measures adopted by the Austrian authorities, there is no additional impact on the VIC operations and the current measures remain in place.

Bearing in mind their mandate and operational requirements, CTBTO, IAEA, UNIDO and UNOV/UNODC will continue with a reduced presence at the VIC between 1 and 10 April.

All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here.

Reminder: VIC Commissary

In line with local authority measures, the VIC Commissary remains open from 11:00 to 18:00.

To avoid crowding during peak periods and extended waiting times, Commissary cardholders must register for a date and timeslot. Cardholders will receive an automatically generated confirmation of their registration via email that must be shown (electronically or as a printout) to Commissary staff upon request. No limit is placed on frequency of visits.

Family cardholders must show their email registration at the gate. It is not mandatory to present a negative COVID-19 test result to enter the VIC Commissary.

Family members and retirees do not have access to the building, except for the Commissary, until further notice. Family cardholders driving in thorough Gate 4 should park in the Commissary car park. Children are currently not allowed to enter the VIC, including the Commissary.

VIC Medical Service reminders:

  • Wear your FFP2 mask over nose and mouth
  • Observe the physical distance rule in the cafeteria
  • Do not gather in groups (for example for coffee breaks)
  • Especially vulnerable persons (including pregnant women) should work from home. If that is not possible those individuals should adhere to the special mitigation measures for them at the workplace
  • If not already done, VIC personnel are encouraged to pre-register for vaccination on the respective Austrian provincial websites

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austria’s lower house of parliament approved the following measures on Tuesday:
  • From 00:00 on Thursday 1 April until 23:59 10 April, there will be a 24-hour lockdown in Vienna.
  • A 24-hour lockdown will be in place in the east Austrian provinces of Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) and Burgenland from 00:00 on Thursday 1 April until 23:59 on 6 April.
  • People should not leave their homes except for the usual exceptions such as essential shopping and exercise. Additionally, in this lockdown it will be possible to leave your home to collect goods.
  • One household can meet maximum one single person to whom there are close relations. This applies to meeting both indoors and outdoors.
  • Non-essential shops, hairdressers, nail shops, museums and libraries, for example, will be closed during these periods.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 1 April is online in German.
  • The Mayor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig, said there will be stricter controls in public places and at the City’s perimeter to ensure people comply with measures.
  • Ludwig told Austria’s APA news agency that from Thursday FFP2 masks will be required in certain public places where people congregate in the City, including the Donaukanal, Stephansplatz and Karlsplatz.
  • Official figures show the pressure on intensive care continues to grow in Vienna and remains high in Burgenland and Lower Austria.
  • The Health Minister remains in discussion with labour and business representatives and others on possible additional measures related to the workplace, Austrian media reported.
  • The City of Vienna’s health chief, Peter Hacker, told a televised briefing on Wednesday that by the end of this week, 300,000 first vaccinations and 94,000 second vaccinations will have been carried out in Vienna - slightly less than planned at the beginning of the year.
  • He said the new focus in April will be on vaccinating people over 75 years of age and high-risk patients over the age of 65 in Vienna.
  • In the next two calendar weeks there will be fewer vaccine doses than this week, he said. For this reason, in May the focus will especially be on the second vaccination of those who have already been vaccinated. He said as of 12 April, general practitioners will also start vaccinating in their own practices.
  • The Austrian Government’s measures related to entering Austria at all borders, including land borders, remain in place until at least 31 May.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • Austria national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna’s programme in English and German .
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Since Monday 22 March, the VIC Medical Service has been notified that seven people who work for VBOs tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Four work for UNIDO and three for the IAEA. There was no workplace exposure. When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. Weekly textual updates will be provided on Mondays.

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

Austrian authorities have made announcements encouraging testing for COVID-19 and have created various opportunities for individuals to do so. Similarly, all personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The Mayor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig, said on Monday the planned 1-6 April lockdown should be extended to 11 April, at least in the city, according to Austrian media reports.
  • This would mean non-essential shops, hairdressers and museums, for example, closing 1-11 April and the 24-hour curfew being in place for that period, with the usual exceptions.
  • Ludwig called for the extension at a meeting with the Health Minister, experts and the governors of the east Austrian provinces of Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) and Burgenland.
  • It was not immediately clear whether the two provinces would also extend the lockdown, nor whether it could be introduced nationwide.
  • The pressure on intensive care continues to grow. In Burgenland, 88. 9 per cent of intensive care beds are occupied, prompting the province to add beds and postpone some operations, including for cancer. In Vienna, the figure is 52.5 per cent and in Lower Austria 59.8 per cent.
  • The measures announced last week are scheduled to be presented to parliament on Tuesday for approval. Some details are still being worked out.
  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober appealed again over the weekend to minimize Easter travel and social contacts.
  • The Austrian Government on Friday extended the measures related to entering Austria at all borders, including land borders, to 31 May.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 15 March is online in German.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • Austria national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna’s programme in English and German .
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

New COVID-19 measures:

On Wednesday evening the Health Minister and the leaders of Vienna, Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) and Burgenland announced measures for 1-6 April and beyond. More details are provided below.

The VBOs are studying the latest Austrian measures and will provide further information on any impact on VIC operations.

Update on the Austrian Vaccination Strategy for International Organizations:

In a virtual meeting on Tuesday organized by the Austrian Ministry of European and International Affairs (BMEIA) the Heads of the Vienna-based International Organizations received an update from the Austrian Government on recent developments related to its COVID-19 vaccination programme. The meeting was hosted by the Secretary-General of BMEIA, Ambassador Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, and also attended by senior officials from the City of Vienna and the Federal Ministry of Health. The main points raised were as follows:

  • The Government is planning to start vaccinating personnel and families of Vienna-based International Organizations at the Austria Centre Vienna towards the end of May or in early June.
  • Some registered VBO personnel and their families will continue to be vaccinated through the Austrian regional vaccination programmes until then, in line with the established priority and risk groups.
  • A special registration system will be implemented for the personnel and families of International Organizations once the exact timeline has been confirmed by the Austrian authorities.
  • According to the Austrian Government, this is in keeping with their vaccination programme and will be coordinated. This means that personnel and their families can be registered in the existing system for Vienna or another region and also register in the new system that will be implemented for the personnel and families of International Organizations.

Staff are reminded that vaccination is voluntary and free of charge. More information will be provided in VBO updates as it becomes available.

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

Austrian authorities have made announcements encouraging testing for COVID-19 and have created various opportunities for individuals to do so. Similarly, all personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The Austrian Health Minister and the leaders of Vienna, Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) and Burgenland provinces announced tough new measures on Wednesday evening for 1-6 April.
  • The main reason is to take pressure off intensive care units, notably in Vienna where hospitals risk running short of beds because of the more transmissible UK variant (B.1.1.7) that accounts for the bulk of new cases and which affects younger people more than the original virus strain, Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said at a televised briefing. He said there was a strong increase in the number of cases.
  • The agreed additional measures had three aims: reduce contacts, increase testing and increase wearing of FFP2 masks.
  • These are the additional measures that will be in force in the region from 1 through 6 April:
  • Limitations on leaving the house now in place from 20:00 – 06:00 to be extended to 24 hours.
  • Personal services such as hairdressers and non-essential retail to close. Supermarkets, pharmacies and other stores for basic supplies to remain open as in previous lockdowns.
  • FFP2 masks to be mandatory in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Mandatory FFP2 masks in closed spaces where there is more than one person.
  • More border controls with the eastern region’s neighbouring countries – the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary – and increased testing (twice weekly rather than once) for commuters from those countries.
  • Subject to further confirmation, either mandatory weekly testing of employees or telecommuting.
  • Schools to switch to distance learning for four days after the Easter holidays (6-9 April) and PCR tests to be conducted before the return to school where feasible.
  • From 7 April, entry tests for non-essential retail are planned, along the lines of the entry tests used for hairdressing appointments.
  • The Health Minister appealed to all to minimize Easter travel.
  • The Mayor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig, said if results of these measures did not become visible soon, further additional measures would be needed. The Mayor underlined the importance of providing opportunities for telecommuting.
  • Anschober said there was a risk the same scenario could play out in other provinces.
  • The Austrian Government on Friday extended the measures related to entering Austria at all borders, including land borders, to 31 May.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 15 March is online in German.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria’s national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German – it works best using Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • Austria national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna’s programme in English and German .
  • There is a wide range of information on COVID-19 measures, vaccination and testing in 17 different languages, including English, here.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Message from the VIC Medical Service:

Since Monday 15 March, the VIC Medical Service has been notified that three people who work for VBOs tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Two people work for UNOV/UNODC and one person for the IAEA. Close contacts of one person who tested positive for SARS CoV-2 have been informed. For the other two people there was no workplace exposure. When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. Weekly textual updates will be provided on Mondays.

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

Austrian authorities have made announcements encouraging testing for COVID-19 and have created various opportunities for individuals to do so. Similarly, all personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The Austrian Government met on Monday with experts, opposition parties and provincial governors to discuss how to respond to the rising number of COVID-19 cases.
  • Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said in recent weeks an average of 30,000 people per day had been vaccinated. It is planned to focus on the 65+ age group in April and the 50+ age group in May, and from June onwards the vaccine would be made available to all who wished to be vaccinated. Some five million people are likely to be vaccinated in Austria.
  • Kurz said he expected there could be a return to some degree of normality in summer. Until then it was necessary to live with the virus.
  • As there were marked differences from region to region, there would also be regionally differentiated measures.
  • In Vienna, Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) and Burgenland provinces, in particular, the UK variant (B.1.1.7) had spread and hospital intensive care units were stretched, Kurz said.
  • The Mayor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig, said Vienna, Niederösterreich and Burgenland provinces would be discussing joint additional measures with the Health Ministry over the coming days, given the interconnectedness of the region and the many commuters between the provinces.
  • The Mayor said it had been a priority to keep schools and kindergartens open for as long as possible. PCR tests for home testing would be made available to the entire Viennese population over the coming days.
  • Kurz said the specific arrangements in Vorarlberg province would be continued. In the rest of the country the existing measures would remain in place. In districts with a seven-day incidence of more than 400 per 100,000 people specific measures would have to be taken immediately. The Chancellor emphasized the continued importance of tests and FFP2 masks.
  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said almost all of Europe was going through a third wave. The reproduction factor in Austria was at 1.11. He stressed the role of the B.1.1.7 variant, which resulted in an increased proportion of COVID-19 patients requiring ICU treatment. It was alarming that many young patients now had to be admitted to intensive care, he said. The main focus was to ensure intensive care was not overwhelmed in Austria.
  • There will be no specific measures for the Easter holidays, he said.
  • No specific date was given for when sectors such as restaurants, tourism and culture could reopen, but Kurz said once those over 65 had been vaccinated it would make it easier to make such a decision because the risks would be lower.
  • In a related development, the Austrian Government on Friday extended the measures related to entering Austria at all borders, including land borders, to 31 May.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 15 March is online in German.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna’s programme in English and German .
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Message from the VIC Medical Service:

On 18 March, there will be an information session on the UN System-wide COVID-19 Vaccination Programme and how it applies to UN personnel and other eligible individuals in the UN system. It would be of particular interest to staff from organizations with a field presence. Host Helga Leifsdóttir, Chief of Knowledge Solutions and Design in the Department of Global Communications, will be joined by Melissa Fleming, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, Christian Saunders, Assistant Secretary-General for Supply Chain Management, and Dr. Bernhard Lennartz, Acting Director of the Division of Healthcare Management and Occupational Safety and Health.

The session will cover how the UN System-wide COVID-19 Vaccination Programme works, eligibility and access, as well as the efforts under way and communication about vaccinations.

UN personnel will have access to COVID-19 vaccinations in one of two ways: through their host country’s national vaccination programme or through the UN System-wide COVID-19 Vaccination Programme (when residing in countries without a national vaccination programme that can accommodate staff of UN System organizations). UN personnel may post relevant questions or concerns in the meeting chat before and during the session and the guests will seek to address them.

What:  iSeek Live: UN System-wide COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

When: 18 March at 0900 New York time/1400 Vienna time

Where: Everywhere via Microsoft Teams Live

How:  Join by following the instructions below.

Who: All staff from the UN Secretariat and agencies, funds and programmes.

To join the online meeting via Microsoft Teams Live:

  1. Access the meeting by clicking this link.
  2. Download the Windows app or watch on the web. If you have already downloaded the app, click on "Open Microsoft Teams".
  3. If prompted to do so, sign in using your Microsoft Office credentials.

If you would like to join by mobile, it is recommended to download the Microsoft Teams app to your phone or device. More information on attending a live event in Teams.

Please note as announced on 12 February that the Austrian authorities have confirmed that the staff of International Organizations, Embassies and Consulates as well as their dependents will be offered the opportunity to be vaccinated through regional health services, under the same conditions as nationals and permanent residents of Austria.

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

Austrian authorities have made announcements encouraging testing for COVID-19 and have created various opportunities for individuals to do so. Similarly, all personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austria expects to have received eight million vaccine doses by this summer, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a televised briefing on Wednesday after a Cabinet meeting.
  • He said the Government trusted the country’s National Vaccination Board on the continued use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Austria.
  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said the authorities were anticipating 3,600 new cases a day by Wednesday next week. The total for the past 24 hours was 3,239, he said, noting the number of patients in intensive care was also increasing.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 15 March is online in German.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna’s programme in English and German .
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Message from the VIC Medical Service:

Since Monday 8 March, the VIC Medical Service has been notified that four people who work for VBOs tested positive for SARS CoV-2. All four work for the IAEA. Close contacts of two of the people who tested positive for SARS CoV-2 have been informed. For the other two people there was no workplace exposure. When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. Weekly textual updates will be provided on Mondays.

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

Austrian authorities have made announcements encouraging testing for COVID-19 and have created various opportunities for individuals to do so. Similarly, all personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The updated ministerial decree on COVID-19 measures entered into force on Monday. Changes include the lifting of specific measures in Vorarlberg province, as well as outdoor sports for under-18-year-olds and youth activities nationwide. For Austrian employers with more than 51 employees a COVID-19 prevention concept will be mandatory from 1 April. For example, the concept must define specific hygiene requirements and the action to be taken in the event of a SARS CoV-2 infection.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 15 March is online in German.
  • The Austrian Government met virtually on Monday with provincial leaders, experts and the opposition to take stock of existing and planned measures against a backdrop of rising case numbers.
  • Austrian media reported that no firm decisions were taken on easing measures because of the rising case and hospital numbers. The Government plans to monitor developments further this week. The media reports said the Government and provincial leaders appear to have agreed to build on the regional approach under which Vorarlberg, with lower numbers than elsewhere in Austria, opened key sectors of its economy from Monday.
  • Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen expressed support for the United Nations Only Together campaign launched on Thursday. It calls for fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines around the world. Anyone can join the campaign.
  • In response to the EU approval of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine last week, the Health Ministry said first deliveries to Austria were expected in the second quarter, and a total of about 2.5 million doses by the end of the year.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna’s programme in English and German .
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Message from the VIC Medical Service:

Austrian authorities have made announcements encouraging testing for COVID-19 and have created various opportunities for individuals to do so. Similarly, all personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing services provided by the Austrian authorities. Those coming to the VIC are especially encouraged to test themselves weekly with either PCR or rapid antigen tests to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please note that no testing is required for entry to the VIC. You can find more information on how and where you can test yourself here.

Message from the VIC Medical Service:

Since Monday 1 March, the VIC Medical Service has been notified that 10 people who work for VBOs tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Two work for UNOV/UNODC, two for the IAEA, four for UNIDO, one for CTBTO and one works at the VIC but not for one of the VBOs. Weekly textual updates will be provided on Mondays. Close contacts of two people who tested positive for SARS CoV-2 have been informed. For one person there were no close contacts and for the remaining seven people there was no workplace exposure. When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity.

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said the B117 variant was now dominant in Austria. As the variant was 23 per cent more contagious, particular caution and decisiveness was needed over the coming weeks, said the Health Minister, who referred to the spread of variants as a “pandemic within the pandemic”.
  • As a result of the rising infection numbers in Austria the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals and intensive care units was now rising too, in particular in Eastern Austria, the Health Ministry said on Monday.
  • Media reported on Monday that the City of Vienna, like Burgenland province, was planning to extend the COVID-19 quarantine period from 10 to 14 days.
  • Those travelling from the city of Wiener Neustadt will have to carry a negative COVID-19 test from Wednesday 10 March, the government of Lower Austria province announced Monday. There would be sanctions for non-compliance from Saturday, the city’s testing capacities would be increased until then. A detailed decree is under preparation.
  • The VIC Medical Service has registered the VIC with the City of Vienna’s free PCR home testing scheme. Details were in the update on Friday 19 February.
  • An overview of Vienna’s test centres is available in English.
  • The Austria Centre Vienna, which is right next to the VIC, offers swift and convenient drive-in and walk-in tests. An appointment is necessary and can be booked here.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 8 February is online in German.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna’s programme in English and German .
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Message from the VIC Medical Service:

Since Monday 22 February, the VIC Medical Service has been notified that 15 people who work for VBOs tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Six work for UNOV/UNODC, five for the IAEA, two for UNIDO and two for CTBTO. Weekly textual updates will be provided on Mondays. Close contacts related to one person who tested positive for SARS CoV-2 have been informed. There was no workplace exposure for the remaining 14 people. When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity.

Since Monday 22 February, the VIC Medical Service has been notified that 15 people who work for VIC-based organizations tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Six work for UNOV/UNODC, five for the IAEA, two for UNIDO and two for CTBTO. Weekly textual updates will be provided on Mondays.

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The Austrian Federal Government met with experts and representatives of the provinces and political parties on Monday to discuss the way ahead for measures.
  • Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said in a televised briefing after the meeting that the opening steps of the past three weeks had positive effects, in particular that some 120,000 people had been able to return to work and children to school.
  • The number of cases had risen too as expected, he said.
  • The situation showed a diverse picture across Austria with incidence higher in the east, including Vienna, and lower in the west. The Government had therefore agreed on regionally differentiated steps.
  • In Vorarlberg, the most westerly province in Austria, certain limits on the sports, cultural and hospitality sectors would be lifted on 15 March because the incidence rate was significantly lower there than in the rest of Austria.
  • In the rest of the country it was aimed to take steps to allow children’s sports from 15 March.
  • The aim was for outdoor sections of restaurants to open for Easter, subject to a review of Austria’s caseload on 15 March. Tests would be a central element, along the lines of the tests required to visit hairdressers.
  • The aim was to look at opening the hotel and tourism sectors in April, but this would depend on the number of infections, Kurz said.
  • Local and regional steps would be taken to tackle areas where there were spikes in cases.
  • The rate of vaccinations would increase in the coming weeks, doubling to 30,000 per day in March, with the aim to vaccinate 45,000 each day in April.
  • Kurz urged older people to continue to keep social contacts to a minimum and noted that infections are mostly occurring among younger people.
  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said the aim was to vaccinate one million people by Easter. Mandatory wearing of FFP2 masks would be expanded to additional areas such as in the workplace. Large enterprises should have a prevention concept, he said. More details would follow.
  • The Mayor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig, emphasized the importance of testing and contact tracing, also in connection with opening restaurants.
  • The VIC Medical Service has registered the VIC with the City of Vienna’s free PCR home testing scheme. Details were in the update on Friday 19 February.
  • An overview of Vienna’s test centres is available in English.
  • The Austria Centre Vienna, which is right next to the VIC, offers swift and convenient drive-in and walk-in tests. An appointment is necessary and can be booked here.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 8 February is online in German.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna’s programme in English and German .
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Message from the VIC Medical Service:

Since last Monday, the VIC Medical Service has been notified that eight people who work for VIC-based organizations tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Two people work for the IAEA, three for UNOV/UNODC and three for UNIDO. Weekly textual updates will be provided on Mondays.

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austria is providing free testing in a number of pharmacies for those people in Austria who have e-cards.
  • NOTE: Testing is not available for free in pharmacies for those without an e-card, for example those with only private health insurance.
  • NOTE: Free tests for all are and will remain available at drive-in and walk-in centres. Additionally, the VIC Medical Service has registered the VIC with the City of Vienna’s free PCR home testing scheme. Details were in the update on Friday 19 February.
  • An overview of Vienna’s test centres is available in English.
  • The Austria Centre Vienna, which is right next to the VIC, offers swift and convenient drive-in and walk-in tests. An appointment is necessary and can be booked here.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 8 February is online in German.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna’s programme in English and German .
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Message from the VIC Medical Service:

All VIC personnel and their household members can now take part in the City of Vienna’s free home testing programme “Alles gurgelt”, which roughly translates as “Everyone gargles”. This campaign allows employees of the participating companies or organizations to take weekly free COVID-19 tests. VIC personnel and their household members can register regardless of whether they have an e-card or private insurance.

This is what you need to do:

  1. Go to the “Alles gurgelt” website and click on the button "Participation for employees" (“Teilnahme für MitarbeiterInnen”).
  2. Register with your mobile phone number and this PIN: 6731.
  3. You will receive an SMS text message with a link.
  4. Click on the link to receive your bar code.
  5. This bar code entitles you to collect a weekly quantity of two test kits per person in your household, up to a maximum of eight kits, at any Vienna BIPA branch. The PCR gargling test kits are free of charge.
  6. After taking the test, return the sample to any Vienna BIPA branch.
  7. A test result will be sent within 24 hours if the sample is delivered to a Vienna BIPA store before 09:00 am. If the test is delivered after 09:00, results may take longer.

If you have any questions about the process, you can contact the programme by telephone on (01) 90 22 3 or by email to info@allesgurgelt.at. You may also contact the VIC Medical Service.

Please note VIC personnel and their household members who live outside of Vienna can participate, but the tests must be collected from and deposited at BIPA branches in Vienna.

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said on Friday the Government, regional leaders and other representatives would meet on 1 March to discuss whether further measures can be eased.
  • The next few days would show whether the recent rise is a temporary increase or not, he said at a televised briefing.
  • Anschober said discussions were being held or scheduled with representatives of the food and beverage, cultural and sports sectors.
  • Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said it was conceivable that restaurants, cafes and bars could open at some point in March, depending on the caseload, with a similar testing requirement to that used at hairdressers and other in-person services. But it would be ill-advised to open the hospitality sector if infection numbers were still too high. This would be decided on 1 March, Austrian media quoted Kurz as saying.
  • Austria is providing free testing in a number of pharmacies for those people in Austria who have e-cards.
  • NOTE: Testing is not available for free in pharmacies for those without an e-card, for example those with only private health insurance.
  • NOTE: Free tests for all are and will remain available at drive-in and walk-in centres. Additionally, as mentioned above, the VIC Medical Service has registered the VIC with the City of Vienna’s free PCR home testing scheme.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 8 February is online in German.
  • An overview of Vienna’s test centres is available in English.
  • The Austria Centre Vienna, which is right next to the VIC, offers swift and convenient drive-in and walk-in tests. An appointment is necessary and can be booked here.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna’s programme in English and German .
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

The measures in place at the VIC are in line with Austrian regulations and guidance, including the latest Austrian measures that came into effect on Monday, 8 February.

The existing VIC measures include reduced staffing inside the building, two-metre distancing and the use of FFP2 masks as outlined here.

All personnel are reminded that, aligned with the decision taken by the Austrian Authorities, personnel working at the VIC are required to keep contacts in social settings (coffee or lunches) to a minimum and limit interactions. It is particularly important that personnel do not congregate at C07 after buying beverages or food.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober told a televised briefing on Wednesday the number of infections in Austria had risen slightly, while the number of deaths had declined.
  • Speaking after the weekly Cabinet meeting, Anschober also said Austria expects to have vaccinated one million of the country’s 8.9 million people by Easter. From then, Austria would have more doses and be aiming for 100,000 vaccinations per day.
  • Labour Minister Martin Kocher said the country’s furlough scheme (“Kurzarbeit”) would being extended by three months to the end of June, after which a different approach would be introduced. This would be prepared in the coming weeks.
  • Under the existing scheme, wages are compensated up to 80-90 per cent for employees in sectors of the economy that are closed or on reduced hours.
  • Austria is providing free testing in a number of pharmacies for those people in Austria who have e-cards.
  • NOTE: Testing is not available for free in pharmacies for those without an e-card, for example those with only private health insurance.
  • NOTE: Free tests for all are and will remain available at drive-in and walk-in centres.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 8 February is online in German.
  • An overview of Vienna’s test centres is available in English.
  • The Austria Centre Vienna, which is right next to the VIC, offers swift and convenient drive-in and walk-in tests. An appointment is necessary and can be booked here.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna’s programme in English and German .
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

The measures in place at the VIC are in line with Austrian regulations and guidance, including the latest Austrian measures that came into effect on Monday, 8 February.

The existing VIC measures include reduced staffing inside the building, two-metre distancing and the use of FFP2 masks as outlined here.

All personnel are reminded that, aligned with the decision taken by the Austrian Authorities, personnel working at the VIC are required to keep contacts in social settings (coffee or lunches) to a minimum and limit interactions. It is particularly important that personnel do not congregate at C07 after buying beverages or food.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The Austrian Government, experts, political parties and representatives of the country’s nine provinces, held discussions on Monday, 15 February, to review the measures in place since 8 February.
  • The Federal Government and provincial leaders agreed it was too early to allow additional sectors such as restaurants, bars, cafes and cultural venues to reopen.
  • Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a televised briefing the earliest such venues could possibly reopen would be around Easter, meaning the beginning of April. This would be considered at a meeting on 1 March, he said.
  • Kurz said Austria had one of the highest testing levels in Europe, and the number of new infections remained stable.
  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said the reduction in the number COVID-19 deaths and the improved situation in nursing homes were positive developments. The mutations were a cause for concern, and the R number was now 1.02. It was important to keep the infection numbers under control.
  • The Mayor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig, said in the following two weeks it would become clearer in what direction infection numbers would develop and openings in further areas such as culture, restaurants and sports could be considered. It was important to further improve access to testing.
  • The Governor of Styria and Chair of the Provincial Governors’ conference, Hermann Schützenhofer, said testing was the alternative to lockdowns.
  • Professor Oswald Wagner, Vice Rector of Vienna Medical University, said where vaccination programmes were already further ahead one could observe that the vaccinations were effective. He also highlighted the effectiveness of FFP2 masks and widespread testing.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 8 February is online in German.
  • An overview of Vienna’s test centres is available in English.
  • The Austria Centre Vienna, which is right next to the VIC, offers swift and convenient drive-in and walk-in tests. An appointment is necessary and can be booked here.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna’s programme in English and German .
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

The VBOs have received many questions about vaccination in Austria and at the VIC.

Taking into account the evolving situation regarding the availability and distribution of vaccines in Europe and in Austria, the VBOs have been in contact with the local authorities to clarify the status of VIC personnel in the Austrian vaccination plan, noting that the category of “critical infrastructure staff” is not included in the country’s updated vaccination plan.

The Austrian Federal Authorities have confirmed that the staff of International Organizations, Embassies and Consulates as well as their dependents will be offered the opportunity to be vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 through regional health services, under the same conditions as nationals and permanent residents of Austria. Vaccination is voluntary and free of charge.

Those VBO personnel and their dependents in Austria who wish to be vaccinated are therefore strongly encouraged to register in the province where they live.

Those living in Vienna can register here. Information is available on the site in English.

These are the sites for Burgenland and Lower Austria.

In all cases, this will be a registration, not an appointment. The individual is contacted subsequently when an appointment is available.

Details on the Austrian vaccination programme are available in German here. There is also a timeline.

Taking part in a national programme is in line with the practice of the other UN system organizations. In this context, and as part of occupational health measures, VIC personnel are invited to inform the VIC Medical Service when they are vaccinated, through EarthMed Portal.

VBO personnel at duty stations outside Austria with concerns about vaccination should contact their respective human resources departments.

The VBOs remain in touch with the Austrian authorities. More information will be provided in VIC updates as it becomes available.

Information on the numbers of SARS CoV-2 cases involving VBO personnel is available here and will be updated as necessary.

The measures in place at the VIC are in line with Austrian regulations and guidance, including the latest Austrian measures that came into effect on Monday, 8 February.

The existing VIC measures include reduced staffing inside the building, two-metre distancing and the use of FFP2 masks as outlined here.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 8 February is online in German.
  • An overview of Vienna’s test centres is available in English.
  • The Austria Centre Vienna, which is right next to the VIC, offers swift and convenient drive-in and walk-in tests. An appointment is necessary and can be booked here.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Austria national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna’s programme in English and German .
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

The measures in place at the VIC are in line with Austrian regulations and guidance, including the latest Austrian measures that came into effect on Monday.

As of 8 February, the number of customers allowed in the VIC Commissary has been further reduced to align with the new Austrian regulation recommending 20 square metres space per customer.

Commissary cardholders are able to sign up for a half-hour time slot (instead of one hour). If necessary, they can sign up for two time slots equal to one hour.

The existing VIC measures include reduced staffing inside the building, two-metre distancing and the use of FFP2 masks as outlined here.

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person who works for CTBTO at the VIC tested positive for SARS CoV-2. There was no workplace exposure.

When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 229, of whom 191 work at the VIC. Of the total of 229 personnel, 220 have recovered.

Staff are reminded to continue to observe the hygiene measures required or recommended by the Austrian authorities, such as use of masks and social distancing.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced on Tuesday that travel out of the Austrian province of Tyrol would be permitted only with a negative test no older than 48 hours from Friday 12 February for 10 days.
  • In a televised briefing, Kurz said the reason was to stop the South African B.1.351 variant spreading to the rest of Austria. He said the outbreak in Tyrol was the largest involving B.1.351 in the European Union, with 293 confirmed cases.
  • East Tyrol (Osttirol), which is geographically separated from the rest of Tyrol, is not covered by the exit restrictions. The Austrian authorities have, however, already issued a general warning against travelling to Tyrol.
  • Kurz said it was necessary to respond differently to the B.1.351 variant because studies indicated the AstraZeneca vaccine may be less effective against this mutation, and the vaccine would make up half of the vaccines to be delivered to Austria by the summer.
  • In Tyrol, the provincial authorities will conduct intensive mass testing, Kurz said, adding this was the right approach and the Austrian military was ready to assist. The twin aims were to stop the spread in Tyrol and to stop or at least slow the spread of the variant across Austria.
  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said the situation in Austria was stable and the number of active cases was falling, as were hospitalizations and the number of infections in care homes. But it was also known that the mutations were stronger and if they prevailed, it was expected that infections would rise again.
  • Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said there had been a very active partnership between the Tyrolean authorities and the police over the past months, and this well-functioning cooperation would also be applied to enforcing the new testing requirements when leaving Tyrol, which relies heavily on tourism and borders Italy, Switzerland and Germany as well as the Austrian provinces of Vorarlberg and Salzburg.
  • An overview of Vienna’s test centres is available in English.
  • The Austria Centre Vienna, which is right next to the VIC, offers swift and convenient drive-in and walk-in tests. An appointment is necessary and can be booked here.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 25 January is online in German.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Information on the pre-clearance form and the existing regulations on quarantine exemptions is available in English and German.
  • Austria national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna’s programme in English and German .
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

The measures in place at the VIC are in line with Austrian regulations and guidance, including the latest Austrian measures that come into effect on 8 February. Therefore, the existing VIC measures will remain in place from that date.

The existing VIC measures include reduced staffing inside the building, two-metre distancing and the use of FFP2 masks as outlined here.

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that three people who work for VIC-based organizations tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Two people work for UNIDO outside of Austria. One person works for the IAEA at the VIC, and there was no workplace exposure.

When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 228, of whom 190 work at the VIC. Of the total of 228 personnel, 211 have recovered.

Staff are reminded to continue to observe the hygiene measures required or recommended by the Austrian authorities, such as use of masks and social distancing.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • According to the Austrian Health Ministry’s vaccination dashboard, 189,926 people (2.13 per cent of the Austrian population) had received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination as of 2 February.
  • On Thursday, Vienna will open a new drive-in and walk-in test centre at Schoenbrunn Palace in the 13th district. Details and the registration link are available in German and an overview of test centres is available in English.
  • The Austria Centre Vienna, which is right next to the VIC, offers swift and convenient drive-in and walk-in tests. An appointment is necessary and can be booked here.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 25 January is online in German.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Information on the pre-clearance form and the existing regulations on quarantine exemptions is available in English and German.
  • Austria national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna’s programme in English and German .
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

The recent announcements by the Austrian Federal Government do not require adjustments at the level of the VIC.

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person who works for the IAEA at the VIC tested positive for SARS CoV-2. There was no workplace exposure.

When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 225, of whom 189 work at the VIC. Of the total of 225 personnel, 208 have recovered.

Staff are reminded to continue to observe the hygiene measures required or recommended by the Austrian authorities, such as use of masks and social distancing.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The Austrian Government said measures announced on Monday would be reviewed on 15 February and that a view would be formed then on whether restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels can start to reopen at some point in March. This would depend on the caseload at that time.
  • The restrictions on leaving the house apply from 8 February from 20:00 to 06:00 because more shops as well as museums and services will be open. The exceptions to leaving the home during the curfew period remain the same.
  • Education Minister Heinz Faßmann told a televised briefing on Tuesday that school students would be tested at school, not at home, when they return to the classroom after the semester break.
  • Elementary schoolchildren (i.e. “Volksschule”, Grade 1-4) will be tested twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays, and will not need to wear masks when seated at their desks. They will be at school Monday to Friday.
  • Senior school students (i.e. Grade 5 and higher) will be tested at the start of their two-day shift. Masks are required. All senior school students will study from home on Fridays.
  • The rules for schools will remain in place until Easter and then be reviewed.
  • University students will mostly study remotely but may be allowed to attend laboratory classes and smaller group classes in person.
  • Interior Minister Karl Nehammer told the briefing there would be tougher penalties for violating COVID-19 measures and more controls at ski resorts. Those who fail to maintain distance or wear an FFP2 mask where required to do so can be fined 90 euros, he said, compared with 25-50 euros up to now.
  • Finance Minister Gernot Bluemel said the economic picture had worsened recently and that Austria had been particularly hard hit because of its dependence on tourism; foreign tourists ordinarily account for 5.2 per cent of GDP. He said an overall 7.1 per cent budget deficit seemed likely in 2021.
  • Vienna opened a new walk-in test centre in the 23rd district over the weekend. Details and the registration link are available in German and an overview of test centres is available in English.
  • The Austria Centre Vienna, which is right next to the VIC, offers swift and convenient drive-in and walk-in tests. An appointment is necessary and can be booked here.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 25 January is online in German.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Information on the pre-clearance form and the existing regulations on quarantine exemptions is available in English and German.
  • Austria national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna’s programme in English and German .
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that three people who work at the VIC tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Two people work for UNIDO and one person works for the IAEA. There was no workplace exposure.

When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 224, of whom 188 work at the VIC. Of the total of 224 personnel, 205 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The Austrian Government and the country’s nine provinces agreed on Monday on what measures would change from 8 February.
  • Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said at a televised briefing the lockdown had had a positive impact on the caseload of the original virus but that the new variants of the virus were spreading. This was why some measures would be tightened and others eased, but under strict conditions.
  • Kurz underscored the role of each individual if the country was not to experience another rise in numbers, which he described as a realistic scenario.
  • The existing 20:00-06:00 curfew remains in place with the same exceptions.
  • Kurz said school students would be able to return to the classroom after the semester break - from 8 February in Vienna and Lower Austria and from 15 February in the other provinces.
  • Primary school children will return to the classroom from Monday to Friday.
  • Senior school children will return to the classroom in a two-group, two-day shift system, with tests at the start of each period. Group A will attend school on
  • Monday and Tuesday, Group B on Wednesday and Thursday. All students will study at home on Friday.
  • Only students who are tested will be allowed to go to school.
  • The Education Minister will give more details on Tuesday.
  • Two households will be able to meet, with a maximum of four adults. Kurz urged those living in Austria nonetheless to limit such social contacts because the risk of transmission is greatest in such settings.
  • From 8 February shops and museums will be able to reopen under strict conditions. Each shop customer should have 20 square metres space compared with 10 metres before the lockdown. In other words, the number of customers allowed in a shop will be reduced.
  • The 20 square metre rule will not apply to supermarkets and other shops that have been open during lockdown, Kurz said.
  • For personal services such as hairdressers, a client will need an appointment and to produce a negative test result no older than 48 hours.
  • Fines will be increased for those who break lockdown regulations. The Interior Minister will give details on Tuesday.
  • Border entry requirements will be toughened further; more details will be given soon.
  • Vienna opened a new walk-in test centre in the 23rd district over the weekend. Details and the registration link are available in German and an overview of test centres is available in English.
  • The Austria Centre Vienna, which is right next to the VIC, offers swift and convenient drive-in and walk-in tests. An appointment is necessary and can be booked here.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 25 January is online in German.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Information on the pre-clearance form and the existing regulations on quarantine exemptions is available in English and German.
  • Austria national vaccination dashboard is online in English and German.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna’s programme in English and German .
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that two people who work at the VIC tested positive for SARS CoV-2. One person works for the IAEA and the other for UNOV/UNODC. There was no workplace exposure.

When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 221, of whom 185 work at the VIC. Of the total of 221 personnel, 200 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austrian media reported on Friday that the Government plans to finalise and announce tougher entry requirements next week. The details are still being finalised.
  • Doctors in Vienna say fraudsters are attempting to gain access to older people’s properties in the city by telephoning to arrange vaccinations at home, ORF reported on Friday. Vaccinations are not being offered at home yet. People who receive such calls should contact their doctor or the police.
  • Vienna’s health chief, Peter Hacker, told ORF radio some vaccinations in the city would be delayed by one or two weeks, primarily because of some shortfalls in planned deliveries of vaccines.
  • Austrian Cabinet Ministers said on Wednesday a package of measures on remote working had been agreed between the Government and business and labour representatives. Details remain to be finalised on the measures, which will apply to Austrian enterprises and offices.
  • Health Minister Anschober told a televised briefing that remote working was important in the fight against COVID-19.
  • Labour Minister Martin Kocher told the same briefing that remote working was a matter for agreement between employer and employee and not mandatory.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 25 January is online in German.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Information on the pre-clearance form and the existing regulations on quarantine exemptions is available in English and German.
  • Austria launched its national vaccination dashboard in English and German on Tuesday.
  • There is information on Austria’s overall vaccination programme in German and on Vienna’s programme in English and German .
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Reminder of latest Austrian measures:

Austria’s additional measures linked to its extended lockdown came into force on Monday, 25 January.

Details of the measures already in place in Austria and at the VIC since 26 December can be found in the VBO update from 23 December.

In line with VIC Medical Service recommendations, the information below is relevant for VIC operations regarding the measures that came into effect on Monday. Please note the mask recommendation at VIC Gates.

Masks

  • Close-fitting masks, such as those issued to personnel earlier in the pandemic, are still required in indoor public places in the VIC.
  • FFP2 masks are strongly recommended when passing through all operational VIC Security Gates and inside Gate One, for example at the Pass Office.
  • Furthermore, the use of FFP2 masks is recommended throughout the VIC because they filter more effectively.
  • The use of FFP2 masks is mandatory for the pharmacy, cafeteria, bank, Commissary and other indoor services where frequent close-range customer interactions cannot be avoided. Please note, FFP2 masks are available in supermarkets and pharmacies and online.
  • The use of FFP2 masks is recommended in meetings in the exceptional cases when they cannot be held virtually.
  • People who cannot wear a mask for health reasons must hold a certificate confirming this from a doctor licensed to practise in Austria.

Elevators

  • The rules on using elevators will not change because the interaction is short, the lifts are well ventilated and there is low risk when everyone wears a mask.

Shared offices

  • Two-metre physical distance must be maintained between personnel in shared offices. Space in these offices should be arranged so that personnel do not sit directly across from each other without a protective barrier. In case a two-metre distance cannot be maintained, additional mitigation measures must be put in place (for example, a physical barrier, Plexiglas shields or alternate working schedules).

Reminder

Personnel are reminded that they must adhere to the two-metre physical distancing rule in all common areas of the VIC at all times, including when meeting at the coffee corners.

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that two people who work for the IAEA at the VIC tested positive for SARS CoV-2. There was no workplace exposure.

When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 215, of whom 179 work at the VIC. Of the total of 215 personnel, 199 have recovered. 

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austrian Health Minister Rudolf Anschober told a televised briefing today the lockdown was working, but not as fast as needed. He noted some 90,000 people were being tested in Austria each day.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 25 January is online in German.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Information on the pre-clearance form and the existing regulations on quarantine exemptions is available in English and German.
  • Austria launched its national vaccination dashboard in   English and https://www.oesterreich.gv.at/themen/coronavirus_in_oesterreich/pre-travel-clearance.htmlhttps://info.gesundheitsministerium.gv.at/?">  German on Tuesday.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English  as well as   German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx 

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Reminder of latest Austrian measures:

Austria’s additional measures linked to its extended lockdown came into force on Monday, 25 January.

Details of the measures already in place in Austria and at the VIC since 26 December can be found in the VBO update from 23 December.

In line with VIC Medical Service recommendations, the information below is relevant for VIC operations regarding the measures that came into effect on Monday. Please note the mask recommendation at VIC Gates.

Masks

  • Close-fitting masks, such as those issued to personnel earlier in the pandemic, are still required in indoor public places in the VIC.
  • FFP2 masks are strongly recommended when passing through all operational VIC Security Gates and inside Gate One, for example at the Pass Office.
  • Furthermore, the use of FFP2 masks is recommended throughout the VIC because they filter more effectively.
  • The use of FFP2 masks is mandatory for the pharmacy, cafeteria, bank, Commissary and other indoor services where frequent close-range customer interactions cannot be avoided. Please note, FFP2 masks are available in supermarkets and pharmacies and online.
  • The use of FFP2 masks is recommended in meetings in the exceptional cases when they cannot be held virtually.
  • People who cannot wear a mask for health reasons must hold a certificate confirming this from a doctor licensed to practise in Austria.

Elevators

  • The rules on using elevators will not change because the interaction is short, the lifts are well ventilated and there is low risk when everyone wears a mask.

Shared offices

  • Two-metre physical distance must be maintained between personnel in shared offices. Space in these offices should be arranged so that personnel do not sit directly across from each other without a protective barrier. In case a two-metre distance cannot be maintained, additional mitigation measures must be put in place (for example, a physical barrier, Plexiglas shields or alternate working schedules).

Reminder

Personnel are reminded that they must adhere to the two-metre physical distancing rule in all common areas of the VIC at all times, including when meeting at the coffee corners.

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that two people who work at the VIC tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

One person works for the IAEA and one works for UNIDO. There was no workplace exposure in both cases.

When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 213, of whom 177 work at the VIC. Of the total of 213 personnel, 198 have recovered.  

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 25 January is online in German.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Information on the pre-clearance form and the existing regulations on quarantine exemptions is available in English and German.
  • Austria launched its national vaccination dashboard in   English and https://www.oesterreich.gv.at/themen/coronavirus_in_oesterreich/pre-travel-clearance.htmlhttps://info.gesundheitsministerium.gv.at/?">  German on Tuesday.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English  as well as   German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx 

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Reminder of latest Austrian measures:

Austria’s additional measures linked to its extended lockdown came into force on Monday, 25 January.

Details of the measures already in place in Austria and at the VIC since 26 December can be found in the VBO update from 23 December.

In line with VIC Medical Service recommendations, the information below is relevant for VIC operations regarding the measures that came into effect on Monday. Please note the mask recommendation at VIC Gates.

Masks

  • Close-fitting masks, such as those issued to personnel earlier in the pandemic, are still required in indoor public places in the VIC.
  • FFP2 masks are strongly recommended when passing through all operational VIC Security Gates and inside Gate One, for example at the Pass Office.
  • Furthermore, the use of FFP2 masks is recommended throughout the VIC because they filter more effectively.
  • The use of FFP2 masks is mandatory for the pharmacy, cafeteria, bank, Commissary and other indoor services where frequent close-range customer interactions cannot be avoided. Please note, FFP2 masks are available in supermarkets and pharmacies and online.
  • The use of FFP2 masks is recommended in meetings in the exceptional cases when they cannot be held virtually.
  • People who cannot wear a mask for health reasons must hold a certificate confirming this from a doctor licensed to practise in Austria.

Elevators

  • The rules on using elevators will not change because the interaction is short, the lifts are well ventilated and there is low risk when everyone wears a mask.

Shared offices

  • Two-metre physical distance must be maintained between personnel in shared offices. Space in these offices should be arranged so that personnel do not sit directly across from each other without a protective barrier. In case a two-metre distance cannot be maintained, additional mitigation measures must be put in place (for example, a physical barrier, Plexiglas shields or alternate working schedules).

Reminder

Personnel are reminded that they must adhere to the two-metre physical distancing rule in all common areas of the VIC at all times, including when meeting at the coffee corners.

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that three people who work at the VIC tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

One person works for the IAEA, and contacts have been informed. Two people work for UNIDO. There was no workplace exposure in these two cases.

When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 211, of whom 175 work at the VIC. Of the total of 211 personnel, 194 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Education Minister Heinz Fassmann told reporters on Monday the Government had allocated 200 million euros to help schools and students over the coming year to tackle the consequences of repeated periods of home schooling, once back in the classroom.
  • He said 4,700 additional teaching posts would be funded, in part to help teach remedial lessons this year and next year.
  • There will be learning support during the semester and Easter school breaks and summer schools, in addition to free online tutoring through a German-language platform.
  • Austrian authorities noted that under the new measures that came into effect today, children between the ages of six and 14 can continue to wear face masks other than FFP2 masks. Children under the age of six do not have to wear masks.
  • Austrian health officials said the R factor was 0.89, compared with the target of 0.7. The seven-day incidence was 118 cases per 100,000 people. The target is 50 per 100,000.
  • By Thursday evening, 162,000 people had been vaccinated and most vulnerable groups are expected to have been vaccinated by the end of February, he said.
  • The City of Vienna said it had analysed 539 positive tests and that 66 of them were from the B.1.1.7 variant, in other words 12 per cent.
  • People are not staying at home as much as they did in the first and second lockdowns, Austrian researcher Peter Klimek told ORF radio on Monday, based on analysis of anonymised mobile phone data.
  • In this lockdown, there has been roughly a 25 per cent reduction in movement outside the home, compared with 70 per cent and 45 per cent in the first and second lockdowns respectively. This is attributed to “lockdown fatigue”. Across the provinces, Vienna has the highest rate of people staying at or close to home.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 25 January is online in German.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Information on the pre-clearance form and the existing regulations on quarantine exemptions is available in English and German.
  • Austria launched its national vaccination dashboard in English and German on Tuesday.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Reminder of latest Austrian measures:

Details of the measures in place in Austria and at the VIC since 26 December can be found in the VIC update from 23 December.

It remains important that we all adhere to Austria’s regulations and recommendations in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and new variants of the virus.

On 17 January, the Austrian authorities announced the extension of the lockdown to at least 7 February, with some additional measures that officially come into effect on 25 January.

In line with these measures and VIC Medical Service recommendations, the information below is relevant for VIC operations. Please note the mask recommendation at VIC Gates.

Masks

  • Close-fitting masks, such as those issued to personnel earlier in the pandemic, are still required in indoor public places in the VIC.
  • FFP2 masks are strongly recommended when passing through all operational VIC Security Gates and inside Gate One, for example at the Pass Office.
  • Furthermore, the use of FFP2 masks is recommended throughout the VIC because they filter more effectively.
  • The use of FFP2 masks is mandatory from 25 January for the pharmacy, cafeteria, bank, Commissary and other indoor services where frequent close-range customer interactions cannot be avoided. Please note, FFP2 masks are available in supermarkets and pharmacies and online.
  • The use of FFP2 masks is recommended in meetings in the exceptional cases when they cannot be held virtually.
  • People who cannot wear a mask for health reasons must hold a certificate confirming this from a doctor licensed to practise in Austria.

Elevators

  • The rules on using elevators will not change because the interaction is short, the lifts are well ventilated and there is low risk when everyone wears a mask.

Shared offices

  • Two-metre physical distance must be maintained between personnel in shared offices. Space in these offices should be arranged so that personnel do not sit directly across from each other without a protective barrier. In case a two-metre distance cannot be maintained, additional mitigation measures must be put in place (for example, a physical barrier, Plexiglas shields or alternate working schedules).

Reminder

Personnel are reminded that they must adhere to the two-metre physical distancing rule in all common areas of the VIC at all times, including when meeting at the coffee corners.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober told a televised briefing on Friday that the R factor is 0.87 and that the target is 0.7. The seven-day incidence was 116 cases per 100,000 people, he said. The target is 50 per 100,000.
  • By Thursday evening, 162,000 people had been vaccinated and most vulnerable groups are expected to have been vaccinated by the end of February, he said.
  • The City of Vienna said it had analysed 539 positive tests and that 66 of them were from the B.1.1.7 variant, in other words 12 per cent.
  • The legal text of the regulations that apply from 25 January is online in German.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Information on the pre-clearance form and the existing regulations on quarantine exemptions is available in English and German.
  • Austria launched its national vaccination dashboard in English and https://www.oesterreich.gv.at/themen/coronavirus_in_oesterreich/pre-travel-clearance.htmlhttps://info.gesundheitsministerium.gv.at/?"> German on Tuesday.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person who works for the IAEA at the VIC tested positive for SARS CoV-2. There was no workplace exposure.

When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 208, of whom 172 work at the VIC. Of the total of 208 personnel, 192 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said this morning that there was a downward trend in new infections, with seven-day incidence now at 115. However, this promising trend should not lead to carelessness, as B117 still needed to be contained.
  • The Health Minister said yesterday Austria was ordering its full share of 3.8 million doses of the Biontech-Pfizer vaccine under the second EU framework agreement.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria will need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Information on the pre-clearance form and the existing regulations on quarantine exemptions is available in English and German.
  • Austria launched its national vaccination dashboard in English and https://www.oesterreich.gv.at/themen/coronavirus_in_oesterreich/pre-travel-clearance.htmlhttps://info.gesundheitsministerium.gv.at/?"> German on Tuesday.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Latest Austrian measures:

Details of the measures in place in Austria and at the VIC since 26 December can be found in the VIC update from 23 December.

It remains important that we all adhere to Austria’s regulations and recommendations in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and new variants of the virus.

On 17 January, the Austrian authorities announced the extension of the lockdown to at least 7 February, with some additional measures. In line with these measures and VIC Medical Service recommendations, the following information is relevant for VIC operations:

Masks

  • Close-fitting masks are still required in indoor public places in the VIC.
  • The use of FFP2 masks is recommended throughout because they filter more effectively.
  • The use of FFP2 masks is mandatory from 25 January for the pharmacy, cafeteria, bank, Commissary and other indoor services where frequent close-range customer interactions cannot be avoided.
  • The use of FFP2 masks is recommended in meetings in the exceptional cases when they cannot be held virtually.
  • People who cannot wear a mask for health reasons must hold a certificate confirming this from a doctor licensed to practise in Austria.

Elevators

  • The rules on using elevators will not change because the interaction is short, the lifts are well ventilated and there is low risk when everyone wears a mask.

Shared offices

  • Two-metre physical distance must be maintained between personnel in shared offices. Space in these offices should be arranged so that personnel do not sit directly across from each other without a protective barrier. In case a two-metre distance cannot be maintained, additional mitigation measures must be put in place (for example, a physical barrier, Plexiglas shields or alternate working schedules).

Reminder

  • Personnel are reminded that they must adhere to the two-metre physical distancing rule in all common areas of the VIC at all times, including when meeting at the coffee corners.

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person who works for UNODC outside Austria tested positive for SARS CoV-2. There was no workplace exposure.

When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 207, of whom 171 work at the VIC. Of the total of 207 personnel, 188 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Austria’s Puls 4 television the aim was to start to lift some measures from 8 February, but there was no guarantee that this would be the case.
  • Austrian authorities reported the B.1.1.7 variant first detected in the UK had now been confirmed in the country.
  • Of 53 suspected cases involving the B.1.1.7 variant, 46 were confirmed through sequencing, Austrian media reported.
  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said on Tuesday the confirmation underscored the need to expand testing for the variant across Austria; the bulk of positive PCR test results would be sequenced to check for B.1.1.7.
  • It also showed the importance of adhering to the new two-metre distancing rule, wearing masks – FFP2 masks wherever possible – and observing hygiene measures, he said.
  • The Finance Ministry said Austria planned to remove 20 per cent VAT from the price of FFP2 masks from 23 January until mid-2021, subject to parliamentary approval.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria will need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Information on the pre-clearance form and the existing regulations on quarantine exemptions is available in English and German.
  • Austria launched its national vaccination dashboard in  English and https://www.oesterreich.gv.at/themen/coronavirus_in_oesterreich/pre-travel-clearance.htmlhttps://info.gesundheitsministerium.gv.at/?">  German on Tuesday.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English  as well as   German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx 

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Latest Austrian measures:

Details of the measures in place in Austria and at the VIC since 26 December can be found in the VBO update from 23 December.

On 17 January, the Austrian authorities announced the extension of the lockdown to at least 7 February, with some additional measures. In line with these measures and VIC Medical Service recommendations, the following information is relevant for VIC operations:

Masks

  • Close-fitting masks are still required in indoor public places in the VIC.
  • The use of FFP2 masks is recommended throughout because they filter more effectively.
  • The use of FFP2 masks is mandatory from 25 January for the pharmacy, cafeteria, bank, Commissary and other indoor services where frequent close-range customer interactions cannot be avoided.
  • The use of FFP2 masks is recommended in meetings in the exceptional cases when they cannot be held virtually.
  • People who cannot wear a mask for health reasons must hold a certificate confirming this from a doctor licensed to practise in Austria.

Elevators

  • The rules on using elevators will not change because the interaction is short, the lifts are well ventilated and there is low risk when everyone wears a mask.

Shared offices

  • Two-metre physical distance must be maintained between personnel in shared offices. Space in these offices should be arranged so that personnel do not sit directly across from each other without a protective barrier. In case a two-metre distance cannot be maintained, additional mitigation measures must be put in place (for example, a physical barrier, Plexiglas shields or alternate working schedules).

Reminder

  • Personnel are reminded that they must adhere to the two-metre physical distancing rule in all common areas of the VIC at all times, including when meeting at the coffee corners.

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person who works for UNOV/UNODC at the VIC tested positive for SARS CoV-2. There was no workplace exposure.

When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 206, of whom 171 work at the VIC. Of the total of 206 personnel, 185 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The Austrian Government announced on Sunday that it was extending the lockdown until at least the end of Sunday 7 February and adding some tighter measures. The measures would be reviewed weekly.
  • Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a televised briefing the B.1.1.7 variant first detected in the UK was in Austria and likely to spread very fast. The health minister said the coming 10 weeks would be challenging.
  • Kurz said on Monday that the Government was very concerned about the Brazilian variant that has not yet been detected in Austria.
  • The hope was still for a return to normality in the summer, but nothing could be guaranteed, Kurz said. Vaccination would play a key role, especially in protecting vulnerable groups.
  • An important aim of the additional measures was to buy time until vulnerable and elderly people had been vaccinated and to avoid overburdening hospitals as the new, more transmissible variant spreads. Another aim was to bring the seven-day incidence down to 50 case per 100,000 people from 130 and the daily number of cases down to 700 from some 1,500 now.
  • All measures in place since 26 December remain, such as limits on leaving home except for specific reasons.
  • These are the additional measures:
  • From 25 January, minimum distance will be increased to two metres from one metre.
  • FFP2 masks become mandatory on public transport and in those shops that are open.
  • People are recommended to use FFP2 masks wherever possible.
  • Home schooling continues until the semester holidays. The aim was to return to school after the semester holidays. This means from 8 February in Vienna, with a shift system, and in Lower Austria. From 15 February in the other provinces.
  • If numbers allowed, some of the measures could be eased from 8 February, such as retail, personal services such as hairdressers and museums. Restaurants, bars and cafes, and entertainment and cultural venues as well as the tourism sector will remain closed. The Government will evaluate in mid-February whether they can open in March. Take-out services are allowed. Some ski resorts and skating rinks remain open.
  • The Government said remote working should be used wherever possible.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria will need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Information on the pre-clearance form and the existing regulations on quarantine exemptions is available in English and German.
  • Austria launched its national vaccination dashboard in English and https://www.oesterreich.gv.at/themen/coronavirus_in_oesterreich/pre-travel-clearance.htmlhttps://info.gesundheitsministerium.gv.at/?"> German on Tuesday.
  • Vaccination is voluntary and free. More information available in English on vaccination in Vienna here.
  • The VIC Medical Service particularly recommends that Vienna-based VIC personnel or retirees who are over 65, belong to the vulnerable group category or care for elderly persons at home pre-register through the City’s vaccination website.
  • Any eligible individual living in Vienna, including VIC personnel and dependants, can pre-register on the City’s vaccination site. The VIC Medical Service cannot yet give a firm timeframe for when it will be able to offer the vaccination to personnel under Phase Two of the Austrian vaccination programme that would cover critical infrastructure. The new estimated period is March.
  • The second round of voluntary mass testing started in Vienna has begun. Information in English is available here .
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Reminder:

Details of the measures in place in Austria and at the VIC since 26 December can be found in the VIC CMT update of 23 December 2020 .

The VBOs have taken note that the Austrian lockdown has been extended to 24 January and will possibly be extended further.

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that two people who work for the IAEA at the VIC tested positive for SARS CoV-2. There was no workplace exposure.

When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 205, of whom 170 work at the VIC. Of the total of 205 personnel, 181 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The Austrian Government will decide this weekend what measures will be in place beyond 24 January, Austrian media reported. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told the Austrian news agency APA the situation was “highly volatile”.
  • Austria remains entirely red, the highest level in the country’s “traffic light” system that categorizes the COVID-19 caseload and risk.
  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober told a televised briefing on Friday that the measures in place were working but the country was not yet where it needed to be.
  • "It's not going to get any easier in the coming weeks," he said, noting there were about 70-100 suspected cases of the B.1.1.7 virus mutation in Austria and reiterating the weeks up to Easter would be the most difficult of the pandemic so far.
  • Anschober said it was a positive development that many more people were signing up to be vaccinated in care homes, a key target group. He said by Tuesday, 100,000 people will have been vaccinated across the country. This includes health sector workers.
  • Medical experts at the same briefing said sequencing of the new variant, which has as many as 17 different mutations, would take seven days. They also said it would not be surprising if the B.1.1.7 variant had spread widely in Austria. In neighbouring Slovakia, 15 per cent of cases were attributable to that variant, they said.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria will need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Information on the pre-clearance form and the existing regulations on quarantine exemptions is available in English and German.
  • Austria launched its national vaccination dashboard in English and https://www.oesterreich.gv.at/themen/coronavirus_in_oesterreich/pre-travel-clearance.htmlhttps://info.gesundheitsministerium.gv.at/?"> German on Tuesday.
  • Vaccination is voluntary and free. More information available in English on vaccination in Vienna here.
  • The second round of voluntary mass testing started in Vienna has begun. Information in English is available here .
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Reminder:

Details of the measures in place in Austria and at the VIC since 26 December can be found in the VIC CMT update of 23 December 2020 .

The VBOs have taken note that the Austrian lockdown has been extended to 24 January and will possibly be extended further.

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that two people who work for the IAEA at the VIC tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Close contacts have been informed.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 203, of whom 168 work at the VIC. Of the total of 203 personnel, 181 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austria’s parliament extended the lockdown to 24 January on Wednesday evening.
  • Austrian authorities reported further suspected cases involving the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 that first surfaced in the United Kingdom.
  • The head of the Austrian Red Cross’s emergency services said on Wednesday that the country risked catastrophe in March if measures were not taken soon to tackle the new variant.
  • From Friday 15 January, all those entering Austria will need to complete an online pre-clearance form in English or German, regardless of whether they have diplomatic status.
  • Information on the pre-clearance form and the existing regulations on quarantine exemptions is available in English and German.
  • Austria launched its national vaccination dashboard in English and https://www.oesterreich.gv.at/themen/coronavirus_in_oesterreich/pre-travel-clearance.htmlhttps://info.gesundheitsministerium.gv.at/?"> German on Tuesday.
  • Vaccination is voluntary and free. More information available in English on vaccination in Vienna here.
  • The second round of voluntary mass testing started in Vienna has begun. Information in English is available here .
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Reminder:

Details of the measures in place in Austria and at the VIC since 26 December can be found in the VIC CMT update of 23 December 2020 .

The VBOs have taken note that the Austrian lockdown is likely to be extended by a week, and possibly longer.

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that three people who work for VIC-based organizations tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Two people work for the IAEA and a third person for UNIDO.

In one of the cases at the IAEA, close contacts have been informed. In the other two cases reported today, there was no workplace exposure. When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 201, of whom 166 work at the VIC. Of the total of 201 personnel, 181 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The Austrian Government is considering extending the lockdown beyond 24 January because of the new more transmissible B.1.1.7 virus variant that first emerged in the United Kingdom, Finance Minister Gernot Bluemel told a televised briefing on Wednesday.
  • A decision would be taken in the next few days, he said after the weekly cabinet meeting. The situation in Austria was “very, very difficult”, Bluemel said.
  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober told parliament there had been 70 cases potentially linked to the new variant so far.
  • He told Austria’s ORF TV on Tuesday evening that the country faced the most difficult phase of the pandemic between now and early April. “We really have a problem,” he said.
  • Education Minister Heinz Fassmann told ORF radio on Wednesday that school students would start to return to classrooms from 25 January rather than all at once on 18 January as originally planned. There was likely to be a phased or shift system for students to go to school, he said. There would also be weekly voluntary testing for students and teachers.
  • Austria launched its national vaccination dashboard in English and German on Tuesday.
  • Vaccination is voluntary and free. More information available in English on vaccination in Vienna here.
  • The second round of voluntary mass testing started in Vienna has begun. Information in English is available here .
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Reminder:

Details of the measures in place in Austria and at the VIC since 26 December can be found in the VIC CMT update of 23 December 2020 .

The VBOs have taken note that the Austrian lockdown is likely to be extended by a week.

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that two people who work for VIC-based organizations tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

One person works for the IAEA and the other for UNIDO. Both work at the VIC, and in neither case was there workplace exposure. When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

One person works for the IAEA in Austria, but not at the VIC. Close contacts have been informed. Another person works for the IAEA outside Austria. The fourth person works for UNIDO outside Austria.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 198, of whom 163 work at the VIC. Of the total of 198 personnel, 181 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The second round of voluntary mass testing started in Vienna has begun. Information in English is available here .
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Reminder:

Details of the measures in place in Austria and at the VIC since 26 December can be found in the VIC CMT update of 23 December 2020 .

The VBOs have taken note that the Austrian lockdown is likely to be extended by a week.

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that four people who work for VIC-based organizations tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

One person works for the IAEA at the VIC. There was no workplace exposure. When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

One person works for the IAEA in Austria, but not at the VIC. Close contacts have been informed. Another person works for the IAEA outside Austria. The fourth person works for UNIDO outside Austria.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 196, of whom 161 work at the VIC. Of the total of 196 personnel, 178 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austria launched a campaign on Monday to explain the country’s vaccination programme and encourage residents to take part. The campaign seeks to dispel disinformation, tackle misinformation and provide facts about the vaccines available so far.
  • The Rector of Vienna’s Medical University, Markus Mueller, told the televised briefing some 50 percent of those eligible in Austria were still unsure whether to be vaccinated. About a quarter definitely will and a quarter are either against or sceptical, he said.
  • A decision will be made by the middle of this week on whether school students will return to the classroom on 18 January as initially planned, Education Minister Heinz Fassmann told Austria’s ORF television on Sunday.
  • The second round of voluntary mass testing started in has begun. Information in English is available here .
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Reminder:

Details of the measures in place in Austria and at the VIC since 26 December can be found in the VIC CMT update of 23 December 2020 .

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that two people who work for the IAEA at the VIC tested positive for SARS CoV-2. There was no workplace exposure.

When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 192, of whom 160 work at the VIC. Of the total of 192 personnel, 178 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The second round of voluntary mass testing started in Vienna today. Information in English is available here .
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Reminder:

Details of the measures in place in Austria and at the VIC since 26 December can be found in the VIC Covid-19 update of 23 December 2020.

The VBOs have taken note that the Austrian lockdown is likely to be extended by a week.

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person who works for CTBTO at the VIC tested positive for SARS CoV-2. There was no workplace exposure.

When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austria plans to accelerate its vaccination programme, vaccinating 21,000 this week and aiming for 71,000 by Tuesday next week, Austrian media reported on Wednesday.
  • A firm decision has not yet been taken on whether school students will return to the classroom on 18 January as initially planned, Austrian media reported. Home schooling begins for most school students on Thursday.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Reminder:

Details of the measures in place in Austria and at the VIC since 26 December can be found in the VIC Covid-19 update of 23 December 2020.

The VBOs have taken note that the Austrian lockdown is likely to be extended by a week.

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person who works for UNIDO at the VIC tested positive for SARS CoV-2. There was no workplace exposure.

When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Discussions continued on Tuesday between the Austria Government, the opposition and federal provinces on the scope of an extended lockdown until 24 January, including testing, Austrian media reported. Details on this and the planned 18 January return to school classrooms remained unclear.
  • About 8,000 people have been vaccinated so far in Austria, with the focus on care homes and COVID-19 hospital ward personnel, Austrian media reported.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Reminder:

Details of the measures in place in Austria and at the VIC since 26 December can be found in the VIC Covid-19 update of 23 December 2020.

The VBOs have taken note that the Austrian lockdown is likely to be extended by a week.

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that five people who work for the IAEA at the VIC tested positive for SARS CoV-2. There was no workplace exposure.

When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 188, of whom 156 work at the VIC. Of the total of 188 personnel, 175 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober told a televised briefing on Monday that four people in Austria had tested positive for the variant of the COVID-19 virus first detected in the UK. A medical expert told the briefing that so far, the mutation did not appear to be widespread in Austria but further testing was being carried out.
  • The lockdown is likely to be extended by a week until 24 January, Austrian media reported on Monday following a parliamentary committee meeting.
  • Health Minister Anschober told reporters the necessary parliamentary support was lacking for the Austrian Government’s proposed “testing free” scheme under which those who volunteered for testing could have started to use shops, restaurants and other services from 18 January, while those who did not volunteer would have remained in lockdown.
  • Shops, restaurants, bars and cafes, cultural venues and other services now closed are likely to open only from Monday 25 January.
  • The Education Ministry said the plan was still for school students to return to the classroom on Monday 18 January, but this was dependent on the infection rate, which remains high.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Reminder:

Details of the measures in place in Austria and at the VIC since 26 December can be found in the VIC Covid-19 update of 23 December 2020. COVID-19 updates: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

VIC Medical Service Update on COVID-19 vaccination:

  • As a result of the regular consultations between the VIC Medical Service and the Austrian authorities, staff of the international organizations located at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) would be considered critical infrastructure personnel and therefore could be considered for vaccination in Phase 2 (February-March) of the Austrian Vaccination Strategy.
  • Subject to approval by the Austrian authorities and delivery of the vaccine, the VIC Medical Service plans to offer the COVID -19 vaccination to all staff at the VIC.
  • Preliminary planning foresees a vaccination centre on site over several weekends (Saturday/Sunday) at the end of February and beginning of March 2021.
  • Vaccination will be voluntary.
  • Registration data such as email, name, date of birth and address in Austria will have to be provided to the Austrian authorities because the Austrian Government assumes liability for the vaccine.
  • The above personal data is required because a significant number of VIC personnel do not have ecards.
  • More details on vaccinations for staff at the VIC will be provided as they become available. The VIC Medical Service will liaise with the VBOs and Security for their logistical and other support for this important initiative.
  • Dependents and family members will not be able to be vaccinated by the VIC Medical Service and will need to register online with the Austrian authorities. Details on the registration will be provided once available.
  • An overview from the Austrian Health Ministry on its approach to vaccination is available in English. The strategy itself is in German and there is also an overview in German that is updated. If English versions become available, they will be provided.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The Austrian health authorities registered an increase in the number of people testing positive this week. The latest full-day figure, for 29 December, is 2,762.
  • The Health Ministry said so far about 6,000 people have been vaccinated.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Reminder:

Details of the measures in place in Austria and at the VIC since 26 December can be found in the VIC Covid-19 update of 23 December 2020. COVID-19 updates: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that three people who work for VIC-based organizations tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

One person works for UNOV/UNODC outside of Austria. Two people work for the IAEA, and there was no workplace exposure.

When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 183, of whom 151 work at the VIC. Of the total of 183 personnel, 174 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober told a televised briefing on Tuesday the number of deaths related to COVID-19 in Austria had now passed 6,000.
  • There were still no known cases in Austria of the new variant of the virus, he said.
  • Anschober said there were what he termed “frightening” scenes of crowds at some Austrian ski resorts on Monday and that this should not be repeated.
  • The minister said there was a five-step plan in place to tackle the pandemic:
  • Further reduce numbers with this third hard lockdown: there were 1,868 new infections today; target for the coming weeks: seven-day incidence below 100; reproduction number (“R number”) below 0.9; target for intensive care beds occupied by COVID-19 patients: 200 (more than 400 now)
  • Digitalize contact tracing
  • Already expanded mask-wearing
  • Intensified testing to reduce the number of unreported cases
  • Vaccination
  • Anschober said all those who want to be vaccinated should be able to do so by the summer. The aim was to vaccinate broad sections of the population beyond at-risk groups from April. Electronic vaccination cards will also be introduced in the first quarter of 2021, he said.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

The VBOs thank all personnel for their cooperation and understanding during an exceptionally challenging year. The VBOs hope all personnel and their families will have a restful holiday period.

Austria’s latest measures take effect at 00:00 on Saturday 26 December and will be in place until at least 4 January, when parliament is expected to extend them until 18 January. The Austrian health system remains under pressure, despite a reduction in the number of people contracting the virus.

As part of the community of our Host Country, we can and must play our part in helping to contain the spread of COVID-19 and reducing the risk of transmission at the VIC and elsewhere. This means complying with all measures announced by the Austrian authorities, including limiting social contacts and remote working where this is possible. Personnel are encouraged to take part in Austria’s voluntary mass testing programme.

Basic hygiene and preventive measures remain as important as ever - handwashing, face masks and maintaining at least a one-meter distance from others. Personnel are reminded not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling unwell.

The following measures are consistent with those announced by the Austrian Authorities. Where not provided, please check holiday opening times for services and access at the VIC.

REMOTE WORKING

Bearing in mind their mandate and operational requirements, CTBTO, IAEA, UNIDO and UNOV/UNODC will reduce their presence at the VIC consistent with the previous lockdown between 17 November and 6 December.

ACCESS

Access to the VIC remains limited as previously advised. In addition to personnel who are required to come to the office, bearing in mind the mandate and operational needs of their organizations, access will also include staff of Permanent Missions on official business, those with children at the VIC kindergarten and those with access to the Commissary with proof of a Commissary appointment.

Access to the VIC is possible through the following gates between 24 December and 4 January:

Gates 1 and 4regular opening hours throughout the entire holiday period, 24 hours a day.

Gate 5: Thursday, 24 December 2020 - 1 (one) lane staff vehicular access only from 07:00-10:00.

25 December 2020 - 03 January 2021 – Closed (Essential deliveries to be re-routed to Gate 4).

Pass Office: Thursday, 24 December 2020 - closed. Tuesday, 29 December 2020 - open from 0800-1600

Wednesday, 30 December - open from 0800-1600 Thursday, 31 December 2020 – closed.

MEETINGS

The Austrian Authorities have cancelled all events during this period, but essential professional meetings are exempt. In-person meetings are hence discouraged and should be held only if absolutely necessary to maintain professional activities that cannot be postponed or held virtually.

SERVICES

Please check services for holiday and lockdown opening hours.

The banks, post office and newspaper stand will be open.

The pharmacy will be open, with reduced hours.

The VIC Medical Service will remain open.

The VIC Commissary will remain open. Online registration is required here.

The cafeteria and coffee corner on C07 will be closed from 24 December until 4 January. The cafeteria will then be open from 07:30 to 15:00, and the coffee corner on C07 will be open from 08:30 to 15:30 for take-away. The demand will be monitored closely each day and can be adjusted as required.

SOCIAL CONTACTS

Aligned with the decision taken by the Austrian Authorities, personnel working at the VIC are required to keep contacts in social settings (coffee or lunches) to a minimum and limit interactions. It is particularly important that personnel do not congregate at C07 after buying beverages or food.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober told a televised briefing on Wednesday that so far Austria had not detected any cases of the new virus variant B.1.1.7.
  • Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the first vaccinations in Austria would be administered on 27 December to volunteers over the age of 80 in care homes, the priority group in the first phase of vaccinating those living in Austria.
  • Vaccinations were being distributed fairly across the country and would begin on the same day in all nine federal provinces, Kurz said.
  • Anschober said Austria had ordered 18.5 million vaccine doses so far. This includes one million doses of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine in the first three months.
  • He mentioned the ministerial decree on COVID-19 measures and a ministerial decree on COVID-19 emergency measures effective 26 December through 4 January.
  • The decree (in German) is available here.
  • Selected key points include:
  • Leaving home is only permitted for particular reasons, including:
  • to avert danger;
  • to help those in need and exercise family rights and duties;
  • meeting the basic needs of daily life including:
  • meeting a partner not living in the same household or an individual relative or individual one has a close relationship with and is in regular contact with more than once per week. Such meetings may involve only members of one household on the one side and one person on the other.
  • shopping to meet basic needs, healthcare, religious needs, looking after animals;
  • work and education;
  • outdoor exercise and recuperation;
  • errands and appointments with authorities that cannot be postponed
  • participation in elections and democratic instruments
  • to avail of those services and participate in those activities that are permitted under the current decree.
  • In public spaces, a distance of at least one metre must be kept to those not living in the same household and a mask must be worn in indoor public spaces (except by children under the age of six and people who cannot wear a mask for health reasons).
  • Non-essential retail and personal services involving close physical contact (except healthcare) are closed. Grocery stores, drugstores, pharmacies, petrol stations post offices, banks and other services can remain open. Shop opening hours between 06:00 and 19:00 are permitted (except pharmacies, petrol stations and food delivery).
  • Work duties are preferably to be carried out outside the workplace where this is possible and employers and employees agree.
  • Events are not permitted, with specific exceptions.
  • Restaurants remain closed with the exception of takeaway and delivery.
  • Where an FFP2 mask is required in particular settings, this must be a mask without a valve.
  • DISCLAIMER: The VBOs cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of this summary. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

The VBOs are studying the latest Austrian measures announced on Friday and will provide further information on any impact on VIC operations.

VIC Medical Service Update:

The new virus variant B.1.1.7 is likely to transmit more easily. This is the conclusion of experts from the British health authority Public Health England. However, B.1.1.7 cases have so far only increased in areas where the overall incidence was high or rising. "Contact reduction also works against the spread of the mutant," writes the German virologist Christian Drosten.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The Health Ministry published an amendment to the ministerial decree on COVID-19 measures and a ministerial decree on COVID-19 emergency measures effective 26 December through 4 January.
  • The decree (in German) is available here.
  • Selected key points include:
  • Leaving home is only permitted for particular reasons, including:
  • to avert danger;
  • to help those in need and exercise family rights and duties;
  • meeting the basic needs of daily life including:
  • meeting a partner not living in the same household or an individual relative or individual one has a close relationship with and is in regular contact with more than once per week. Such meetings may involve only members of one household on the one side and one person on the other.
  • shopping to meet basic needs, healthcare, religious needs, looking after animals;
  • work and education;
  • outdoor exercise and recuperation;
  • errands and appointments with authorities that cannot be postponed
  • participation in elections and democratic instruments
  • to avail of those services and participate in those activities that are permitted under the current decree.
  • In public spaces, a distance of at least one metre must be kept to those not living in the same household and a mask must be worn in indoor public spaces (except by children under the age of six and people who cannot wear a mask for health reasons).
  • Non-essential retail and personal services involving close physical contact (except healthcare) are closed. Grocery stores, drugstores, pharmacies, petrol stations post offices, banks and other services can remain open. Shop opening hours between 06:00 and 19:00 are permitted (except pharmacies, petrol stations and food delivery).
  • Work duties are preferably to be carried out outside the workplace where this is possible and employers and employees agree.
  • Events are not permitted, with specific exceptions.
  • Restaurants remain closed with the exception of takeaway and delivery.
  • Where an FFP2 mask is required in particular settings, this must be a mask without a valve.
  • DISCLAIMER: The VBOs cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of this summary. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

The VBOs are studying the latest Austrian measures announced on Friday and will provide further information on any impact on VIC operations.

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person who works for UNIDO outside Austria tested positive for SARS CoV-2. There was no workplace exposure.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 180, of whom 150 work at the VIC. Of the total of 180 personnel, 168 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austria has imposed a landing ban on flights from the United Kingdom effective 22 December.
  • Links to the laws/decrees codifying the planned measures announced by the Government on Friday for the period after 26 December will be made available once published.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

The VBOs are studying the latest Austrian measures announced on Friday and will provide further information on any impact on VIC operations.

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person who works for UNOV tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Close contacts have been informed.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 179, of whom 150 work at the VIC. Of the total of 179 personnel, 168 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • In a televised briefing after an online meeting with representatives of the provinces on Friday, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and other cabinet members announced the country’s plan for the weeks and months after Christmas.
  • Kurz said the efforts to contain the pandemic so far had shown an effect and numbers had declined, but the numbers were still too high and the prognosis for Europe for the winter was dramatic.
  • Under the strategy agreed between the Federal Government and the provinces, measures would be tightened again from 26 December.
  • The Chancellor urged all to exercise great caution when celebrating Christmas and meet with as few people as possible within the legal limits.
  • Under Phase One of the strategy, from 26 December:
  • non-essential retail and personal services will close.
  • School students will study through distance learning (home schooling) from 7 to 15 January.
  • The limitations on leaving the house already in place at nighttime will be extended to 24 hours again.
  • Over the weekend before 18 January, there will be another round of mass testing. Those who participated in the mass testing, and tested negative, could avail themselves of shops, personal services, culture and tourism again from 18 January. Those who did not, could not use these services for one week longer, until 24 January, Kurz said.
  • Under Phase Two, from 18 January, there would be regular mass tests for segments of the population. Details will be provided later. It was envisaged that during this phase vacationing in Austria and cultural activities, within limitations, would become possible again for people with a negative test.
  • The Vice Chancellor said it was intended to limit participants at cultural events to 500 people indoors and 750 outdoors from 18 January, with an upper limit of 50 percent capacity at venues.
  • Outdoor winter sports facilities would remain open, said the Vice Chancellor.
  • Phase Three would be a gradual return to normality with the vaccine by summer 2021.
  • The Health Minister said aside from the goal of a seven-day incidence of under 100, key indicators would be the Reproduction rate, which was at 0.88 but still needed to fall further, as well as the number of occupied intensive care hospital beds. Things were moving in the right direction, said the Health Minister, but were still only halfway to where they needed to be.
  • The numbers of people who had died of COVID had increased dramatically in November and December, to more than 100 people each day, and each number represented a person and family who had lost someone, the Health Minister said.
  • The Interior Minister reiterated there would be strict border management rules in place from 19 December and said travellers to Austria to whom this applied should bring a pre-completed form committing to quarantine. Those who did not have the form already completed could expect delays while queuing at borders.
  • The Finance Minister, Education Minister and Tourism Minister will brief the press on details related to their portfolios on Saturday morning.
  • Links to the ministerial decrees codifying the changes will be made available once published.
  • DISCLAIMER: The VBOs cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of this summary. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The Education Ministry confirmed school students would return to the classroom on Monday 11 January rather than 7 January to allow for testing of teachers and students. Details on this testing are not yet available.
  • The Health Ministry published its updated decree on travel requirements. The decree takes effect on 19 December. It does not state when the decree’s provisions expire. The document is available in German.
  • This is a summary of the main points:
  • Unrestricted entry to Austria is possible from the following countries (listed in Attachment A of the decree): Australia, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Uruguay, Vatican City.
  • For entry from countries not included in Attachment A:
  • Entry requires an immediate 10-day quarantine.
  • The quarantine can end when a molecular biological test for SARS-CoV-2 or an antigen test is conducted at the earliest on the fifth day after entry and the test result is negative. This test is at the individual’s cost.
  • PCR tests are accepted as well as antigen tests.
  • The quarantine can be ended early to leave Austria if it is clear that by the departure date the risk of infection is minimized.
  • A form found in the attachments to the decree should be completed, ideally before arrival in Austria.
  • Exceptions:
  • Humanitarian personnel
  • Business travellers
  • Those accompanying someone entering Austria on medical grounds
  • Those entering to attend to judicial or other official matters such as attending a court hearing
  • Foreigners with ID issued by the Austrian authorities (this includes those holding Legitimationskarten – legitimation cards)
  • For those listed under exceptions, the existing rules continue. This means those entering must either present an official negative test from the country they have been visiting or enter 10-day quarantine that can be ended as soon as a negative test can be provided to the authorities.
  • IMPORTANT: A number of existing entry restrictions and exceptions remain in place and are outlined in the Health Ministry’s FAQ on travel and tourism in German. Should an English version become available a link will be provided.
  • The Health Ministry’s updated overall COVID-19 decree was agreed in parliament and published online in German today. The main reasons for updating the decree were to govern the arrangements for meeting friends and family in Austria over Christmas and put in place additional protection measures at care homes. Arrangements for New Year will be discussed next week.
  • For 24-25 December up to 10 people from a maximum of 10 different households may gather. The overnight curfew will not apply in this period.
  • Ski resorts are allowed to open from 24 December with restrictions on numbers allowed in ski lifts and gondolas, for example.
  • The Federal Government also decreed that Austria’s federal provinces make the wearing of masks compulsory in frequented public settings such as shopping streets and clearly designate those places.
  • DISCLAIMER: The CMT cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of this summary. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts. Non-VIC personnel wishing to visit Austria, such as family members or friends of VIC personnel, should be sure of Austrian regulations before travelling to Austria.
  • The test location in the Austria Centre Vienna will be accessible for all, including family members, from Friday with registration available from that day on its German-language site. Quick tests are available at this location, meaning the result is provided with 15-20 minutes. If it is positive, a PCR test is carried out.
  • VIC personnel need photo ID such as the Legitimation card but do not need to present an e-card.
  • The Austrian Health Ministry has outlined its vaccination strategy in English as well as German .
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person who works for UNIDO outside of Austria tested positive for SARS CoV-2. There was no workplace exposure.

When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 178, of whom 149 work at the VIC. Of the total of 178 personnel, 167 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Education Minister Heinz Fassmann said on ORF radio that he could not rule out that school students would return to the classroom later than the planned date of 7 January.
  • ORF, Austria’s public broadcaster, reported that teachers and school students would first take part in a second round of voluntary mass testing, following this month’s initial round among the broader population.
  • It was not immediately clear whether students would work from home until the return to school or the school vacation would be extended in such circumstances.
  • The Austrian authorities have said a second round of national voluntary testing will be held 8-17 January in Vienna and 8-10 January in the other provinces.
  • Separate from the mass testing sites, Vienna’s health authorities said href="https://app.wien.gv.at/covidtestanmeldung/testsite/6674a4cc-33d9-4362-5b6f-08d88f9aab53"> existing test locations would continue with walk-in units moved indoors. A network of health-check containers will be expanded across the city’s districts.
  • The test location in the Austria Centre Vienna will be accessible for all from Friday with registration available from that day on its German-language href="http://www.acv.at/schnelltest"> site.
  • VIC personnel need photo ID such as the Legitimation card but do not need to present an e-card.
  • The Education Ministry decree on the partial return to school is here in German. The Health Ministry published its href="https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/Dokumente/BgblAuth/BGBLA_2020_II_544/BGBLA_2020_II_544.html">decree (in German) covering most of the other measures. There is an overview in German.
  • The Austrian Health Ministry has outlined its vaccination strategy in English as well as German .
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person who works for the IAEA tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Close contacts have been informed.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 177, of whom 149 work at the VIC. Of the total of 177 personnel, 165 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • In a televised briefing after a meeting with representatives of the provinces on Friday evening, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler briefed on the planned way ahead that the Government had agreed with the provinces.
  • Kurz said while numbers were decreasing, they were still high, the pandemic was far from over and there were difficult times ahead in the months January to March.
  • The Chancellor said a “concretization” of the rules on masks had been agreed:
  • Provinces would have the possibility to require mandatory wearing of masks in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Wearing of masks is mandatory in the workplace wherever physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Telecommuting continued to be the preferred option, said Kurz.
  • The rules on leaving the house only for specific reasons between 20:00 and 06:00 and on gatherings limited to up to six adults plus up to six underage children from no more than two households would remain in place. There would be exceptions for specific dates over the holiday period:
  • On 24 and 25 December, gatherings of up to 10 people (from any number of households) would be permitted. People were encouraged to keep numbers as low as possible within this limit.
  • On 31 December the limitations on leaving the house between 20:00 and 06:00 would be lifted. Further details will follow. The limitations on contacts would however remain in place (no more than two households). “New Year’s parties would mean a catastrophe for January,” said Kurz.
  • The second round of the testing programme would be held 8-17 January in Vienna and 8-10 January in the other provinces. The tests would be available to all and mandatory for specific occupational groups yet to be determined but including teachers and personal services with close contact. It was also planned that mass testing would be conducted in particularly affected regions with high case numbers which could be an alternative to quarantine.
  • Links to the ministerial decrees codifying the changes to be made available once published.
  • DISCLAIMER: The VBOs cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of this summary. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts.
  • The Education Ministry decree on the partial return to school is here in German. The Health Ministry published its href="https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/Dokumente/BgblAuth/BGBLA_2020_II_544/BGBLA_2020_II_544.html">decree (in German) covering most of the other measures. There is an overview in German.
  • The Austrian Health Ministry has outlined its vaccination strategy in English as well as German .
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person who works for the IAEA tested positive for SARS CoV-2. There was no workplace exposure.

When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 176, of whom 148 work at the VIC. Of the total of 176 personnel, 159 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • In a televised briefing after the weekly cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Austrian Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said the lockdown was reflected in an improvement in numbers, but although the direction was right, numbers were still far too high. The coming weeks would be a very risky phase because of shopping and holidays. There was still acute pressure on hospitals.
  • The Health Minister underlined the importance of the mass testing programme and appealed to all to participate.
  • Details from the Health Ministry on the registration procedure are available in English . The registration page is in German.
  • Interior Minister Karl Nehammer echoed the Health Minister’s call to participate in the tests. He also thanked the population for having shown restraint when shops re-opened on 7 and 8 December.
  • In response to a question the Health Minister said the ministerial decree regulating entry to Austria over the holiday period was being drafted and he expected that it could presented later this week.
  • The Education Ministry decree on the partial return to school is here in German. The Health Ministry published its href="https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/Dokumente/BgblAuth/BGBLA_2020_II_544/BGBLA_2020_II_544.html">decree (in German) covering most of the other measures. There is an overview in German.
  • The Austrian Health Ministry has outlined its vaccination strategy in English as well as German .
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that two people who work for VIC-based organizations tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

One person works for UNOV/UNODC and the other for CTBTO. There was no workplace exposure in either case.

When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 175, of whom 147 work at the VIC. Of the total of 175 personnel, 157 have recovered.

Reminder of Austrian measures:

A number of Austria’s latest measures took effect today and, in most cases, will be in place until at least 6 January. While some measures are being eased, the Government has made clear there is still pressure on the Austrian health system.

  • Primary and middle school grades re-opened for in-person classes. High schools to continue with distance-learning, except for final-year classes, which returned to in-person teaching.
  • All shops, personal services such as hairdressers, libraries and museums re-opened with safety precautions such as limiting numbers.
  • The limitations on leaving the house only for specific reasons apply only between 20:00 and 06:00 rather than 24 hours. The reasons for leaving the home between 20:00 and 06:00 are averting danger, helping others, family duties, meeting the needs of daily life, work and outdoor exercise.
  • People from two different households are allowed to meet.
  • There will be exceptions to the limits on contacts and hours on 25, 26, 27 and 31 December. The details will be announced later.
  • Restaurants, hotels and the cultural sector remain closed; it is intended to begin reopening these areas from 7 January, subject to the infection rate.

Please see VIC Update from Friday 4 December for details of measures at the VIC.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the Mayor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig, took part in voluntary testing today at one of three Vienna venues and they urged all those in Austria to participate.
  • Education Minister Heinz Faßmann said in a televised briefing today that the latest school measures would be in place until 23 December. Students and teachers must wear masks throughout, including during lessons from middle school upwards, but short breaks from masks will be allowed when airing classrooms.
  • At the weekend, 72 percent of the country’s teachers underwent voluntary COVID-19 tests; 0.24 percent, or about 300 people, tested positive. This was lower than expected.
  • The Education Ministry decree on the partial return to school is here in German. The Health Ministry published its decree (in German) covering most of the other measures. There is an overview in German.
  • The Austrian Health Ministry has outlined its vaccination strategy in English as well as German .
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

A number of Austria’s latest measures take effect at 00:00 on Monday 7 December and will be in place until at least 6 January. While some measures will be eased, such as allowing most students to return to school and reopening shops and services, the Government has made clear there is still pressure on the Austrian health system.

As part of the community of our Host Country, we can and must play our part in helping to contain the spread of COVID-19 and reducing the risk of transmission at the VIC and elsewhere. This means complying with all measures announced by the Austrian authorities, including limiting social contacts and remote working where this is possible. Personnel are encouraged to take part in Austria’s voluntary mass testing programme.

Basic hygiene and preventive measures remain as important as ever - handwashing, face masks and maintaining at least a one-meter distance from others. Personnel are reminded not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling unwell.

The following measures are consistent with those announced by the Austrian Authorities.

REMOTE WORKING

Bearing in mind their mandate and operational requirements, CTBTO, IAEA, UNIDO and UNOV/UNODC will maintain their reduced presence at the VIC.

ACCESS

Access to the VIC remains limited as previously advised. In addition to personnel who are required to come to the office, bearing in mind the mandate and operational needs of their organizations, access will also include staff of Permanent Missions on official business, those with children at the VIC kindergarten and those with access to the Commissary with proof of a Commissary appointment.

Access to the VIC is possible only through the following gates:

  • Gate 1: 24/7 for all pedestrians and those arriving on bicycles. There is no access to the VIC for bicycles, which must be parked in front of Gate 1.
  • Gate 4: 24/7 staff vehicular access only.
  • Gate 5: one lane staff vehicular access only from 07:00-10:00
  • Gate 5: Delivery vehicles only, access from 07:00-12:00

MEETINGS

The Austrian Authorities have cancelled all events during this period, but essential professional meetings are exempt. In-person meetings are hence discouraged and should be held only if absolutely necessary to maintain professional activities that cannot be postponed or held virtually.

SERVICES

The banks, post office, dry cleaners and newspaper stand remain open.

The pharmacy remains open, with reduced hours, from 13:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday.

The VIC Medical Service remains open.

The VIC Commissary remains open, including from Monday 7 December the boutique and the perfume section. Online registration is required: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/vic-commissary

As previously advised, the cafeteria will be open from 07:30 to 15:00. The coffee corner on C07 will be open from 08:30 to 15:30 for take-away. The demand will be monitored closely each day and can be adjusted as required.

The kindergarten will remain open.

SOCIAL CONTACTS

Aligned with the decision taken by the Austrian Authorities, personnel working at the VIC are required to keep contacts in social settings (coffee or lunches) to a minimum and limit interactions. In particular, personnel should not congregate at C07 after buying beverages or food.

Updated message from the VIC Medical Service:

The VIC Medical Service encourages personnel resident in Vienna to take part in the Austrian authorities’ voluntary mass testing in the city between 4 and 13 December and for those resident outside Vienna to take part in the equivalent mass testing in their respective federal provinces.

This is a link to the registration page (so far only in German): https://österreich-testet.at

More details from the Health Ministry on the registration procedure in English and what to expect at the test centres.

An English version of the registration site is being developed.

The Austrian Foreign Ministry says the Legitimation card will be accepted as proof of identity.

The Health Ministry says an ID card – such as the Legitimation card – is acceptable instead of an e-card. Proof of insurance is not needed as the test is free.

A visit to one of the mass testing centres should be treated in the same way as a break or doctor’s visit because it is an outpatient diagnostic evaluation. This should normally be supported by supervisors.

Those who test positive in the initial rapid antigen test would need to stay at home until the result of the second, PCR test is returned negative (within one or two days).

If the PCR test is positive, a full 10 days of self-isolation would be required.

In these cases, either COVID-19 work-from-home arrangements or sick leave apply, depending on the respective VBO human resources guidelines.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Austria Centre Vienna (ACV) test centre is not a mass testing site. The ACV is for those who work in critical infrastructure and need regular testing (such as health workers), those wishing to visit relatives in care homes and mildly symptomatic cases arriving by car.

The ACV has said the VIC counts as critical infrastructure and therefore VIC personnel can undergo free testing. But this is not part of the voluntary mass testing programme. Details at this website in German:

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • In a televised address on Thursday, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen called on the population to participate in the mass testing programme. Van der Bellen said the development of a vaccine in so little time was evidence of humanity’s ability to efficiently cooperate across borders when it was really needed. He called on all people to cooperate in this way. “We are not fighting against each other each other but against a pandemic – and should do so alongside one another,” said Van der Bellen.
  • Please see VIC Update from 2 December for details on Austria’s latest measures.
  • The Education Ministry decree on the partial return to school is here in German. The Health Ministry has not yet published its decree covering most of the other measures, but there is an overview in German.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person who works for the IAEA tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Close contacts have been informed.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 173, of whom 145 work at the VIC. Of the total of 173 personnel, 148 have recovered.

Reminder: Message from the VIC Medical Service:

The VIC Medical Service encourages personnel resident in Vienna to take part in the Austrian authorities’ voluntary mass testing in the city between 4 and 13 December and for those resident outside Vienna to take part in the equivalent mass testing in their respective federal provinces.

This is a link to the registration page (so far only in German): https://österreich-testet.at

More details from the Health Ministry on the registration procedure in English .

An English version of the registration site is being developed.

The Austrian Foreign Ministry says the Legitimation card will be accepted as proof of identity.

The Health Ministry says an ID card – such as the Legitimation card – is acceptable instead of an e-card. Proof of insurance is not needed as the test is free.

A visit to one of the mass testing centres should be treated in the same way as a break or doctor’s visit because it is an outpatient diagnostic evaluation. This should normally be supported by supervisors.

Those who test positive in the initial rapid antigen test would need to stay at home until the result of the second, PCR test is returned negative (within one or two days).

If the PCR test is positive, a full 10 days of self-isolation would be required.

In these cases, either COVID-19 work-from-home arrangements or sick leave apply, depending on the respective VBO human resources guidelines.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • More than 100,000 people have registered already for the voluntary mass testing, the Health Minister said. The registration site was offline for a couple of hours on Wednesday for some technical fixes.
  • The Government said that if conditions allow up to 10 people (this figure includes children and adults) could be allowed to meet over the Christmas and New Year period. The overnight limitations on leaving the home would be lifted for that period. The details will be decided and announced later.
  • The Interior Ministry provided further details on the strict border management over the Christmas and New Year holidays, including Orthodox Christmas. The measure takes effect on 19 December and will be in place until 10 January. The measure covers countries classified as a risk area because the 14-day incidence of positive coronavirus cases is higher than 100. All countries neighbouring Austria fall into this category now.
  • The Government said Christmas markets and punch stalls would not be able to operate this season.
  • Please see VIC Update from 2 December for other details on the measures.
  • The Education Ministry decree on the partial return to school is here in German. The Health Ministry has not yet published its decree covering most of the other measures.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Today the Austrian Government announced a number of changes to the lockdown measures, most of them taking effect on Monday 7 December. See the section below for an overview.

The VBOs will advise by Friday 4 December what impact the changed measures have for operations at the VIC.

Message from the VIC Medical Service:

The VIC Medical Service encourages personnel resident in Vienna to take part in the Austrian authorities’ voluntary mass testing in the city between 4 and 13 December and for those resident outside Vienna to take part in the equivalent mass testing in their respective federal provinces.

This is a link to the registration page (so far only in German): https://österreich-testet.at

More details will be provided on the registration procedure; an English version of the registration site is being developed.

The Austrian Foreign Ministry says the Legitimation card will be accepted as proof of identity.

Proof of Allianz or Cigna health insurance should be accepted instead of an e-card.

A visit to one of the mass testing centres should be treated in the same way as a break or doctor’s visit because it is an outpatient diagnostic evaluation. This should normally be supported by supervisors.

Those who test positive in the initial rapid antigen test would need to stay at home until the result of the second, PCR test is returned negative (within one or two days).

If the PCR test is positive, a full 10 days of self-isolation would be required.

In these cases, either COVID-19 work-from-home arrangements or sick leave apply, depending on the respective VBO human resources guidelines.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • In a televised briefing on Wednesday, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and other cabinet members announced the lifting of some measures from Monday 7 December, while others remain in place or are added.
  • Kurz said the lockdown was working and it had been possible so far to avert overburdening the hospitals’ intensive care units. It was therefore possible to carefully relax some measures, but the pandemic was far from over and infection numbers were still extremely high.
  • Kurz said the coming weeks and months would be a balancing act between relaxing measures and avoiding another exponential rise in cases. Social contacts should be kept to a minimum and all those living in Austria were asked to adhere to the regulations and recommendations.
  • As of 7 December, the measures in place would be eased in the following areas:
  • Primary and middle school grades to re-open for in-person classes. High schools to continue with distance-learning, expect for final-year classes, which would return to in-person teaching.
  • All shops, personal services such as hairdressers, libraries and museums to re-open with safety precautions such as limiting numbers.
  • The limitations on leaving the house only for specific reasons will apply only between 20:00 and 06:00 rather than 24 hours. The reasons for leaving the home between 20:00 and 06:00 are averting danger, helping others, family duties, meeting the needs of daily life, work and outdoor exercise.
  • People from two different households will be allowed to meet. Kurz said those two households should not then meet other households.
  • The Government said that if conditions allow up to 10 adults could be allowed to meet over the Christmas and New Year period. This would be decided and announced later.
  • There would be strict border management over the Christmas and New Year holidays, including Orthodox Christmas. The measure takes effect on
  • 19 December and will be in place until 10 January, the Interior Ministry said.
  • People entering the country from abroad, regardless of nationality, would have to quarantine for 10 days, with a possibility to end quarantine after five days with a negative PCR test.
  • There would be exceptions for business travellers and cross-border commuters.
  • From 24 December, outdoor non-contact individual sports are to be allowed. This includes day-trip skiing. There will be health measures in place for ski lifts and cable cars.
  • Restaurants, hotels and the cultural sector are to remain closed; it was intended to begin reopening these areas from 7 January, subject to the infection rate.
  • Links to the ministerial decrees codifying the changes will be made available once published.

DISCLAIMER: The VBOs cannot vouch for legal accuracy or completeness of this summary. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal texts.

  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that two people who work for the IAEA tested positive for SARS CoV-2. There was no workplace exposure in either case.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 172, of whom 144 work at the VIC. Of the total of 172 personnel, 146 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The Austrian Government is meeting later on Tuesday to discuss which lockdown measures can be eased from 7 December. The Cabinet will then meet on Wednesday morning to approve the decision, and an announcement is expected around noon. Ministers have already liaised with provincial leaders on the likely steps.
  • Austrian media reports and interviews with officials indicate any easing will be limited, starting with schools and retail, but with restrictions and preventive measures in both settings.
  • More details on Austria’s voluntary mass testing programme will be given on Wednesday, including on the documents required to participate.
  • Austrian officials encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  • Latest Emergency Measures Regulation in German.
  • An overview of the measures in German.
  • Frequently asked questions in German.
  • The Education Ministry regulation on schooling in German.
  • Once English versions become available links will be provided.
  • The VIC Update issued on Saturday, 14 November, provides an overview of the measures.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person who works for the IAEA outside of Vienna tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 170, of whom 142 work at the VIC. Of the total of 170 personnel, 146 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Voluntary mass testing will be available in Vienna from 4 December, two days later than planned, the city’s top health official, Peter Hacker, said on Sunday at one of the three planned test venues that will operate until 13 December.
  • Those who live in Vienna and wish to take part – the city expects some 1.2 million people to do so – will need to book a time slot at one of the venues through an online registration page that the Austrian Health Ministry is finalizing. More details will be made available on the registration site when it goes live.
  • There will be an option to book by telephone, particularly for the elderly and those without Internet access.
  • To reduce the risk of overcrowding, it will not be possible to turn up at the test centres without a time slot.
  • Those registering need to be resident in Vienna and at least 10 years old.
  • The tests are free of charge. The data collected is kept for 28 days and then deleted.
  • The test is an antigen quick test by throat swab. The result will be available on the spot. If the quick test is positive, a PCR test will be conducted at the same location through gargling and the person must then self-isolate at home until notified of the outcome of the second test.
  • Tests are a snapshot in time but can help to detect and isolate asymptomatic cases and reduce the risk of spread.
  • Three mass test centres will be used – Stadthalle, Marxhalle in the Landstrasse district and the Messehalle congress centre in Prater. More details will be provided when available.
  • The testing centre opening at the Austria Centre Vienna (ACV) on Tuesday will not be used for mass testing. It is one of three drive-in and walk-in centres in the city (more in German and English):
    1. The ACV is testing for those wishing to visit retirement homes, nursing homes and hospitals, as well as staff of critical infrastructure facilities and blue-light organisations.
    2. More information on the ACV test centre in English and German.
    3. Ernst-Happel-Stadion is testing for those people without symptoms who are, for example, contact individuals or have returned from outside Vienna.
  • Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said in an interview published over the weekend that further voluntary mass testing would be conducted after this round across the country but did not specify when.
  • Kurz also said any easing of measures from 7 December would depend on the caseload. People should expect to live with some kind of restrictions over the coming months, although the mass testing and likely vaccines were positive developments on the path to greater normality.
  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober told reporters there had been a slight downward trend in the past few days, but numbers were still at a “dramatically high level”.
  • On Monday, Austrian officials and celebrities combined forces to encourage all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  • Latest Emergency Measures Regulation in German.
  • An overview of the measures in German.
  • Frequently asked questions in German.
  • The Education Ministry regulation on schooling in German.
  • Once English versions become available links will be provided.
  • The VIC Update issued on Saturday, 14 November, provides an overview of the measures.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person who works for the IAEA outside of Austria tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 169, of whom 142 work at the VIC. Of the total of 169 personnel, 145 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said at a televised briefing on Wednesday that the Government would decide on 2 December whether and how to ease lockdown measures. Priorities would be schools and shops.
  • He also said the Government had agreed voluntary mass testing and vaccinations would be at the heart of its post-lockdown strategy, with more details to follow.
  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said the numbers for positive cases and those in hospital were still far too high.
  • The City of Vienna’s top health official, Peter Hacker, told Austria’s APA news agency on Thursday that voluntary mass testing would be conducted in the city between 2 and 13 December. Three test centres would be used – Stadthalle, Marxhalle in the Landstrasse district and the Messehalle congress centre in Prater. Up to 150,000 people can be tested each day overall, using a total of 300 test lines to minimize queuing. More details will be made available.
  • Austrian officials encouraged all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. Anschober said the app would play an increasing role. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  • Latest Emergency Measures Regulation in German.
  • An overview of the measures in German.
  • Frequently asked questions in German.
  • The Education Ministry regulation on schooling in German.
  • Once English versions become available links will be provided.
  • The VIC Update issued on Saturday, 14 November, provides an overview of the measures.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person who works for the IAEA tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Close contacts have been informed.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 168, of whom 142 work at the VIC. Of the total of 168 personnel, 131 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober held a televised briefing on Austria’s COVID-19 vaccination strategy today and indicated that the first tranches of vaccines could arrive in January, possibly earlier, depending on regulatory approval.
  • The goal is a vaccination rate of significantly more than 50 percent. Vaccination will be voluntary. In certain areas there may be guidelines, for example in the health sector - that non-vaccinated people would have to wear an FFP2 mask instead.
  • Martin Auer, Special Representative of the Ministry of Health, said high-risk groups such as health workers or people in care homes, starting with the most vulnerable, would be vaccinated first, in the first quarter of 2021.
  • Vaccinations for the broader population should be available in the second quarter.
  • Anschober said there was a slight reduction in the number of new cases recorded and also in the number of admissions to intensive care, although the number of ICU beds occupied was for the first time more than 700. Also, more than 100 people died within the past 24 hours.
  • Austrian officials encouraged all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. Anschober said the app would play an increasing role. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  • Latest Emergency Measures Regulation in German.
  • An overview of the measures in German.
  • Frequently asked questions in German.
  • The Education Ministry regulation on schooling in German.
  • Once English versions become available links will be provided.
  • The VIC Update issued on Saturday, 14 November, provides an overview of the measures.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that three people who work for organizations based at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

One person works for the IAEA and another UNOV/UNODC. There was no workplace exposure in either case. A third person works for CTBTO, and close contacts have been informed One person works for the IAEA and another for UNOV/UNODC. There was no workplace exposure in either case. A third person works for UNIDO, but not in Austria.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 167, of whom 141 work at the VIC. Of the total of 167 personnel, 130 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austrian Health Minister Rudolf Anschober told a televised briefing today there were early indications lockdown measures were having some effect, but the figures were still dramatically high. A clearer picture of the latest lockdown measures would be available toward the end of this week, he said.
  • Anschober said if conditions allow there would be a gradual easing from 7 December. The authorities were working on the sequence in which sectors would reopen. Schools were likely to open first. He said measures would still be needed to avoid stumbling at high speed into a third lockdown after the holiday season.
  • A condition for easing measures was that the reproduction number (R number) should be 0.9 or lower, ideally 0.8, he said. This would mean the number of infections would start to fall. The figure is 1.02 now, meaning the number of infections continues to increase.
  • Anschober said vaccinations could start to be given in Austria in January, assuming regulators approved the vaccines by then. The vaccination strategy would be outlined in the coming days.
  • He also said the authorities were working on the details for a mass testing plan.
  • Austrian officials encouraged all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. Anschober said the app would play an increasing role. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  • Latest Emergency Measures Regulation in German.
  • An overview of the measures in German.
  • Frequently asked questions in German.
  • The Education Ministry regulation on schooling in German.
  • Once English versions become available links will be provided.
  • The VIC Update issued on Saturday, 14 November, provides an overview of the measures.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that three people who work for organizations based at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

One person works for the IAEA and another UNOV/UNODC. There was no workplace exposure in either case. A third person works for CTBTO, and close contacts have been informed.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 164, of whom 139 work at the VIC. Of the total of 164 personnel, 127 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The Austrian Government announced on Friday that it would start to carry out voluntary mass testing from 5 December.
  • School and kindergarten teachers will be tested first on 5-6 December, followed by police officers on 7-8 December. People in particularly affected areas will also be tested around this time.
  • Testing for the broader population will be carried out shortly before the Christmas holidays and then again early in the New Year. Details on how and where the tests will be conducted will be made available closer to the time.
  • Participation is free of charge as well as voluntary.
  • Chancellor Sebastian Kurz urged all those living in Austria to participate, saying it was a chance to return to some kind of normality before people could be vaccinated. This included trying to make it possible for families to gather at Christmas, he said.
  • The Austrian military will be deployed to help health workers and trained volunteers carry out the rapid antigen tests at centres across the country.
  • Austrian officials encouraged all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  • Latest Emergency Measures Regulation in German.
  • An overview of the measures in German.
  • Frequently asked questions in German.
  • The Education Ministry regulation on schooling in German.
  • Once English versions become available links will be provided.
  • The VIC Update issued on Saturday, 14 November, provides an overview of the measures.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that five people who work for organizations based at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

Two people work for the IAEA. In one case close contacts have been informed and in the other case there was no workplace exposure. Two people work for UNIDO outside of Austria. There was no workplace exposure. One person works for UNOV/UNODC. There was no workplace exposure.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 161, of whom 136 work at the VIC. Of the total of 161 personnel, 111 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person who works for UNOV/UNODC at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) tested positive for SARS CoV-2. There was no workplace exposure.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 156, of whom 133 work at the VIC. Of the total of 156 personnel, 110 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austria’s Health Minister said yesterday the number of people testing positive was stabilizing but “at a dramatically high level”. He said it was a race against time to stop intensive care units at hospitals from being overwhelmed.
  • Austrian officials encouraged all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German .
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  • NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

    Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

    Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

    On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

    Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from VIC Medical Service, updated information on Access and Services
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person who works for UNOV/UNODC at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) tested positive for SARS CoV-2. There was no workplace exposure.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 155, of whom 132 work at the VIC. Of the total of 155 personnel, 109 have recovered.

REMOTE WORKING

Bearing in mind their mandate and operational requirements, CTBTO, IAEA, UNIDO and UNOV/UNODC will further reduce significantly their presence at the VIC.

ACCESS

Given the restricted number of access points, personnel entering the VIC through Gate 1 and Gate 4 may experience queues and are reminded to act courteously when interacting with UN Security officers at this challenging time for us all.

Access to the VIC remains limited as previously advised. In addition to personnel who are required to come to the office, bearing in mind the mandate and operational needs of their organizations, access will also include staff of Permanent Missions on official business, those with children at the VIC kindergarten and those with access to the Commissary with proof of a Commissary appointment.

From Tuesday, 17 November, access to the VIC will be possible only through the following gates:

  • Gate 1: 24/7 for all pedestrians and those arriving on bicycles. There is no access to the VIC for bicycles, which must be parked in front of Gate 1.
  • Gate 4: 24/7 vehicular access only
  • Gate 5: Delivery vehicles only, 07:00-11:00

MEETINGS

The Austrian Authorities have cancelled all events during the lockdown, but essential professional meetings are exempt. In-person meetings are hence discouraged and should be held only if absolutely necessary to maintain professional activities that cannot be postponed or held virtually.

SERVICES

Here is an updated list of services at the VIC during this period:

The banks, post office, dry cleaners and newspaper stand will remain open.

The pharmacy will remain open, with reduced hours, from 13:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday.

DHL will remain open with its usual hours, from 13:00 to 15:00 Monday to Friday.

The VIC Medical Service will also remain open and will provide flu vaccinations as planned.

The VIC Commissary remains open while the boutique and the perfume section will be closed. For that reason, fewer slots per hour will be available.

Online registration is required

From Tuesday, 17 November, the cafeteria will be open from 07:30 to 15:00. Coffee, tea, pastries and sandwiches will be available throughout and up to two warm dishes from 11:30 to 14:30. The coffee corner on C07 will be open from 08:30 to 15:30 for take-away.

The kindergarten will remain open but will close at 17:00.

SOCIAL CONTACTS

Aligned with the decision taken by the Austrian Authorities, personnel working at the VIC are required to keep contacts in social settings (coffee or lunches) to a minimum and limit the interaction to only one person. In particular, personnel should not congregate at C07 after buying beverages or food.

DOCUMENTS AND INFORMATION

The Emergency Measures Regulation in German.

An overview of the measures in German.

The Education Ministry regulation on schooling in German.

Once English versions become available links will be provided.

The VIC CMT Update issued on Saturday, 14 November, provides an overview of the measures.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austrian officials encouraged all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – measures at the VIC from Tuesday 17 November, message from VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Austria’s announced lockdown measures take effect at 00:00 on Tuesday 17 November and will be in place until at least 24:00 on Sunday 6 December. The Government has made clear the lockdown is essential to protect the Austrian health system, which is operating at the limits of its capacity, and stem the rise in the number of new infections, hospital admissions and intensive care patients.

As part of the community of our Host Country, we can and must play our part in helping to contain the spread of COVID-19 and reducing the risk of transmission at the VIC and elsewhere. This means complying with all measures announced by the Austrian authorities, notably on strictly limiting social contacts and remote working where this is possible.

Basic hygiene and preventive measures remain as important as ever - handwashing, face masks and maintaining at least a one-meter distance from others. Personnel are reminded not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling unwell.

The following measures are consistent with those announced by the Austrian Authorities.

REMOTE WORKING

Bearing in mind their mandate and operational requirements, CTBTO, IAEA, UNIDO and UNOV/UNODC will further reduce significantly their presence at the VIC.

ACCESS

Access to the VIC remains limited as previously advised. In addition to personnel who are required to come to the office, bearing in mind the mandate and operational needs of their organizations, access will also include staff of Permanent Missions on official business, those with children at the VIC kindergarten and those with access to the Commissary with proof of a Commissary appointment.

From Tuesday, 17 November, access to the VIC will be possible only through the following gates:

  • Gate 1: 24/7 for all pedestrians and those arriving on bicycles. There is no access to the VIC for bicycles, which must be parked in front of Gate 1.
  • Gate 4: 24/7 vehicular access only
  • Gate 5: Delivery vehicles only, 07:00-11:00

MEETINGS

The Austrian Authorities have cancelled all events during the lockdown, but essential professional meetings are exempt. In-person meetings are hence discouraged and should be held only if absolutely necessary to maintain professional activities that cannot be postponed or held virtually.

SERVICES

The banks, post office, dry cleaners and newspaper stand will remain open.

The pharmacy will remain open, with reduced hours, from 13:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday.

The VIC Medical Service will also remain open and will provide flu vaccinations as planned.

The VIC Commissary remains open while the boutique and the perfume section will be closed.

Online registration is required

From Tuesday, 17 November, the cafeteria will be open from 07:30 to 15:00. Coffee, tea, pastries and sandwiches will be available throughout and up to two warm dishes from 11:30 to 14:30. The coffee corner on C07 will be open from 08:30 to 15:30 for take-away. The demand will be monitored closely each day and can be adjusted as required.

The kindergarten will remain open but will close at 17:00.

SOCIAL CONTACTS

Aligned with the decision taken by the Austrian Authorities, personnel working at the VIC are required to keep contacts in social settings (coffee or lunches) to a minimum and limit the interaction to only one person. In particular, personnel should not congregate at C07 after buying beverages or food.

DOCUMENTS AND INFORMATION

The Emergency Measures Regulation in German.

An overview of the measures in German.

Frequently asked questions in German.

The Education Ministry regulation on schooling in German.

Once English versions become available links will be provided.

The VIC CMT Update issued on Saturday, 14 November, provides an overview of the measures.

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that eight people who work at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) or for VIC-based organizations tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

Three people work for the IAEA at the VIC. One person works for UNIDO at the VIC. One person works for UNIDO outside Austria. Two people work for UNOV/UNODC at the VIC. One person works outside Austria for a VIC-based organization but not for one of the main four organizations. In those cases where there was workplace exposure, close contacts have been informed.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 154, of whom 131 work at the VIC. Of the total of 154 personnel, 105 have recovered.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austrian officials encouraged all those in Austria to download the Stopp Corona app to help with contact tracing. The app is available in English as well as German.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 14:00.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – Host Country lockdown measures
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Today, our Host Country announced a series of lockdown measures to tackle the growth in COVID-19 cases and protect the Austrian health system. The measures are outlined below.

The VIC CMT is reviewing the Government regulation covering the measures and will provide more information on the impact on the VIC.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • At a televised briefing on Saturday medical experts said Austria’s healthcare system was now working at the limits of its capacity and that hospitals would soon need to apply triage if hospitalizations continued rising at the same level for the next days.
  • At a subsequent televised briefing, Chancellor Kurz and other cabinet members said the situation in Austria was dramatic. Daily new infections were at an average of more than 7,000; in some Austrian provinces the growth was exponential. Seven-day incidence was above 550 – it should be around 50 - and 77 per cent of new infections could not be traced.
  • In response, the Government announced new measures to take effect 00:00 Tuesday 17 November and planned to be in place at least until 24:00 Sunday 6 December:
    • All except essential shops and services will close:
      • Shops selling food and other daily necessities such as supermarkets, drug stores, pharmacies, banks and post offices will remain open.
      • Other retail stores, as well as personal services such as hairdressers, to close.
    • The limitations on leaving the house in place at nighttime will be extended to 24 hours.
    • Reasons for leaving home:
      • Essential shopping, contact with key family members, partners or those in need of assistance, medical appointments, outdoor exercise such as walks or running and official or legal appointments that cannot be postponed.
      • Telecommuting should be the practice wherever it is possible.
      • Professional activities and training allowed, provided they are necessary.
    • Schools at all grades will revert to home schooling, extending what is already in place for high school and university students. Schools and kindergartens will be open for those children whose parents need childcare, but there will be no lessons/regular programme there. Some childcare institutions may decide to close.
  • The measures are planned to be codified in ministerial decrees to be issued by the Ministries of Health and Education. These will be shared once adopted and published.

DISCLAIMER: Summary of selected points of the new measures based on announcements to the media. The VIC CMT cannot vouch for accuracy or completeness. Personnel are advised to refer to the original legal text.

  • In addition to the rules, Chancellor Kurz appealed to the public not to meet with others not living in the same household, or in the case of people living alone, to choose just one person to meet with over the coming weeks.
  • "My urgent request is – do not meet anyone. If you live alone meet one other person,” said Kurz.
  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said, “This is our last chance to avoid the collapse of our health system.”
  • He said the increase in the number of new infections, hospital admissions and intensive care cases in the past two weeks was dramatic, almost explosive growth. He said the measures introduced on 3 November had slightly slowed the rate of increase but nowhere near enough.
  • “We need to pull the emergency brake, and right now,” Anschober said.
  • According to the Chancellor, the religious communities had voluntarily agreed to not hold public religious services.
  • The Chancellor said it was the goal of the Government to open primary and middle schools and retail as the first sectors after 7 December.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 14:00.
  • The ministerial decree outlining the Austrian measures that entered into force on 3 November is available here

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – VIC Medical Service update
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that two people who work at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) tested positive for SARS CoV-2.Both people work for the IAEA. In one case there was no workplace exposure and in the other case close contacts have been informed. The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 146, of whom 125 work at the VIC. Of the total of 146 personnel, 105 have recovered.

VBO Reminder:

In line with the latest measures and guidelines on COVID-19 announced by the Host Country:

Bearing in mind their mandate and operational requirements CTBTO, UNIDO and UNOV/UNODC have switched to full-time telecommuting from Tuesday, 3 November. The IAEA, bearing in mind its mandate and operational requirements, is also moving towards a significant reduction of its presence at the VIC.

VIC Catering Services will continue to provide services, adjusted for the reduction of personnel presence at the VIC: Cafeteria: 07:30 -15:00, C07 Coffee Corner: 08:30 -15:30.

The VIC Pharmacy will remain open.

The VIC Commissary will remain open with additional limitations to access numbers in adherence with the latest Austrian regulations. Effective 5 November through 30 November, the VIC Commissary will open at 11 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. (Monday to Friday).

Services including banking and the post office will remain open.

The current rules on access to the VIC remain in place, subject to the additional security measures introduced on 3 November.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE

The VIC Medical Service will continue operating as it has been to date. Influenza vaccination appointments will take place.

The Austrian Authorities have cancelled all events until 30 November (except for certain events like funerals where up to 50 persons are still allowed). Person to person meetings necessary for conducting business are exempted from these regulations.

At the VIC, Medical Service encourages to conduct meetings virtually as the main form of interaction and in-person meetings should be held only if absolutely necessary. In case in-person meetings are necessary for continuation of the business, the number of participants should be as low as possible. All participants should wear masks at all times throughout the meeting and have assigned seating.

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, including bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda, kitchens, the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria and at coffee corners. Fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks must be worn, with the exception of people who cannot wear a mask for health reasons. People who cannot wear a mask for health reasons must hold a certificate confirming this from a doctor licensed to practice in Austria.

Everyone is asked to adhere at and outside the workplace to the one-metre physical distancing rule.

Group gatherings non work related at coffee and lunch breaks are discouraged and should be reduced to a minimum. The Austrian rules limiting social gatherings to people from no more than two households also applies in the VIC.

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a home quarantine, for identified close contacts or for those who tested positive, the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day quarantine period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person. However, there is no requirement to perform a second test to end the quarantine period.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

Today the Austrian Government has been assessing the effectiveness of the measures introduced on 3 November.

  • A Government news conference is expected on Saturday afternoon and tougher measures are set to be announced, media reports say.
  • Media reports say the Government is likely to announce that all but essential shops will close for two to three weeks, as in the first lockdown earlier this year. Schools are also likely to be completely closed for lessons for a similar period. The measures are likely to take effect on Monday or Tuesday, the reports say. The aim would be to ease the measures in phases, including to allow for Christmas trade.
  • Austrian intensive care doctors expressed concern today about the increase in the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care and the unabated rise in new infections and admissions to hospital.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 14:00.
  • The ministerial decree outlining the Austrian measures that entered into force on 3 November is available here

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – VIC Medical Service update
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that three people who work at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

Two people work for the IAEA and one person for UNIDO. In one case there was no workplace exposure and in two cases close contacts have been informed.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 144, of whom 123 work at the VIC. Of the total of 144 personnel, 100 have recovered.

VBO Reminder:

In line with the latest measures and guidelines on COVID-19 announced by the Host Country:

Bearing in mind their mandate and operational requirements CTBTO, UNIDO and UNOV/UNODC have switched to full-time telecommuting from Tuesday, 3 November. The IAEA, bearing in mind its mandate and operational requirements, is also moving towards a significant reduction of its presence at the VIC.

VIC Catering Services will continue to provide services, adjusted for the reduction of personnel presence at the VIC: Cafeteria: 07:30 -15:30, C07 Coffee Corner: 08:30 -15:00.

The VIC Medical Service will continue operating as it has been to date. The VIC Pharmacy will remain open.

The VIC Commissary will remain open with additional limitations to access numbers in adherence with the latest Austrian regulations. Effective 5 November through 30 November, the VIC Commissary will open at 11 a.m. and close at 6 p.m (Monday to Friday).

Services including banking and the post office will remain open.

The current rules on access to the VIC remain in place, subject to the additional security measures introduced on 3 November.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The VIC Medical Service will continue operating as it has been to date. Influenza vaccination appointments will take place.

The Austrian Authorities have cancelled all events until 30 Nov (except for certain events like funerals where up to 50 persons are still allowed). Person to person meetings necessary for conducting business are exempted from these regulations.

At the VIC, Medical Service encourages to conduct meetings virtually as the main form of interaction and in-person meetings should be held only if absolutely necessary. In case in-person meetings are necessary for continuation of the business, the number of participants should be as low as possible. All participants should wear masks at all times throughout the meeting and have assigned seating.

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, including bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda, kitchens, the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria and at coffee corners. Fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks must be worn, with the exception of people who cannot wear a mask for health reasons. People who cannot wear a mask for health reasons must hold a certificate confirming this from a doctor licensed to practice in Austria.

Everyone is asked to adhere at and outside the workplace to the one-metre physical distancing rule.

Group gatherings non work related at coffee and lunch breaks are discouraged and should be reduced to a minimum. The Austrian rules limiting social gatherings to people from no more than two households also applies in the VIC.

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a home quarantine, for identified close contacts or for those who tested positive, the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day quarantine period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person. However, there is no requirement to perform a second test to end the quarantine period.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • From today, Wednesday 11 November, shops must shut each evening by 19:00 to allow customers and staff to reach home for the 20:00-06:00 curfew. Excluded from this are petrol stations and shops no larger than 80 square metres at railway stations and airports.
  • The Austrian Government said today that by the end of the week it would evaluate the effectiveness of the measures introduced on 3 November and would then update the public.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  • The ministerial decree outlining the Austrian measures to enter into force as of today, 3 November, is available here: https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/eli/bgbl/II/2020/463
  • NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

    Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

    Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

    On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

    Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – VIC Medical Service update
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that 16 people who work at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) or for VBOs tested positive for SARS CoV-2 since Friday 6 November.

Eight people work for the IAEA, five for UNIDO and two for UNOV/UNODC. One person works at the VIC but not for one of the main VBOs. In seven cases there was no workplace exposure, and in the rest close contacts have been informed.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 141, of whom 120 work at the VIC. Of the total of 141 personnel, 95 have recovered.

VBO Reminder:

In line with the latest measures and guidelines on COVID-19 announced by the Host Country:

Bearing in mind their mandate and operational requirements CTBTO, UNIDO and UNOV/UNODC have switched to full-time telecommuting from Tuesday, 3 November. The IAEA, bearing in mind its mandate and operational requirements, is also moving towards a significant reduction of its presence at the VIC.

VIC Catering Services will continue to provide services, adjusted for the reduction of personnel presence at the VIC: Cafeteria: 07:30 -15:30, C07 Coffee Corner: 08:30 -15:00.

The VIC Medical Service will continue operating as it has been to date. The VIC Pharmacy will remain open.

The VIC Commissary will remain open with additional limitations to access numbers in adherence with the latest Austrian regulations. Effective 5 November through 30 November, the VIC Commissary will open at 11 a.m. and close at 6 p.m (Monday to Friday).

Services including banking and the post office will remain open.

The current rules on access to the VIC remain in place, subject to the additional security measures introduced on 3 November.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The VIC Medical Service will continue operating as it has been to date. Influenza vaccination appointments will take place.

The Austrian Authorities have cancelled all events until 30 Nov (except for certain events like funerals where up to 50 persons are still allowed). Person to person meetings necessary for conducting business are exempted from these regulations.

At the VIC, Medical Service encourages to conduct meetings virtually as the main form of interaction and in-person meetings should be held only if absolutely necessary. In case in-person meetings are necessary for continuation of the business, the number of participants should be as low as possible. All participants should wear masks at all times throughout the meeting and have assigned seating.

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, including bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda, kitchens, the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria and at coffee corners. Fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks must be worn, with the exception of people who cannot wear a mask for health reasons. People who cannot wear a mask for health reasons must hold a certificate confirming this from a doctor licensed to practice in Austria.

Everyone is asked to adhere at and outside the workplace to the one-metre physical distancing rule.

Group gatherings non work related at coffee and lunch breaks are discouraged and should be reduced to a minimum. The Austrian rules limiting social gatherings to people from no more than two households also applies in the VIC.

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a home quarantine, for identified close contacts or for those who tested positive, the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day quarantine period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person. However, there is no requirement to perform a second test to end the quarantine period.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said on Saturday that measures to contain the coronavirus would be tightened if the daily new infections did not decrease and the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care continued to rise. He said it was worrying that the number of intensive care patients rose by 58 percent in one week. The next few days would be decisive, he said.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  • The ministerial decree outlining the Austrian measures to enter into force as of today, 3 November, is available here: https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/eli/bgbl/II/2020/463
  • NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

    Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

    Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

    On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

    Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – VIC Medical Service update
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that two people who work for VIC-based organizations tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

One person works for the IAEA, and close contacts have been informed. One person works for UNOV/UNODC; no workplace exposure.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 125, of whom 108 work at the VIC. Of the total of 125 personnel, 95 have already recovered.

VBO Reminder:

In line with the latest measures and guidelines on COVID-19 announced by the Host Country:

Bearing in mind their mandate and operational requirements CTBTO, UNIDO and UNOV/UNODC have switched to full-time telecommuting from Tuesday, 3 November. The IAEA, bearing in mind its mandate and operational requirements, is also moving towards a significant reduction of its presence at the VIC.

VIC Catering Services will continue to provide services, adjusted for the reduction of personnel presence at the VIC: Cafeteria: 07:30 -15:30, C07 Coffee Corner: 08:30 -15:00.

The VIC Medical Service will continue operating as it has been to date. The VIC Pharmacy will remain open.

The VIC Commissary will remain open with additional limitations to access numbers in adherence with the latest Austrian regulations. Effective 5 November through 30 November, the VIC Commissary will open at 11 a.m. and close at 6 p.m (Monday to Friday).

Services including banking and the post office will remain open.

The current rules on access to the VIC remain in place, subject to the additional security measures introduced on 3 November.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The VIC Medical Service will continue operating as it has been to date. Influenza vaccination appointments will take place.

The Austrian Authorities have cancelled all events until 30 Nov (except for certain events like funerals where up to 50 persons are still allowed). Person to person meetings necessary for conducting business are exempted from these regulations.

At the VIC, Medical Service encourages to conduct meetings virtually as the main form of interaction and in-person meetings should be held only if absolutely necessary. In case in-person meetings are necessary for continuation of the business, the number of participants should be as low as possible. All participants should wear masks at all times throughout the meeting and have assigned seating.

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, including bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda, kitchens, the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria and at coffee corners. Fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks must be worn, with the exception of people who cannot wear a mask for health reasons. People who cannot wear a mask for health reasons must hold a certificate confirming this from a doctor licensed to practice in Austria.

Everyone is asked to adhere at and outside the workplace to the one-metre physical distancing rule.

Group gatherings non work related at coffee and lunch breaks are discouraged and should be reduced to a minimum. The Austrian rules limiting social gatherings to people from no more than two households also applies in the VIC.

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a home quarantine, for identified close contacts or for those who tested positive, the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day quarantine period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person. However, there is no requirement to perform a second test to end the quarantine period.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober told a televised briefing on Friday the death rate in Austria was increasing significantly and that the health system could face overload toward the end of November if the lockdown measures did not work.
  • He said it takes 10 to 15 days to tell whether the measures have been effective, and so it was too early to assess whether the latest lockdown was sufficient to stem the rise in COVID-19 cases.
  • He said the Government would review the measures on Friday next week but would intervene earlier if needed.
  • Anschober said there were still few infections in schools.
  • A senior health official told the same briefing only 27 percent of infections could be traced back to the source at the moment. Last week the figure was about 50 percent. The number of positive cases remains at record highs.
  • Vienna’s health chief, Peter Hacker, said on Thursday he recommended those who live in Vienna take a COVID-19 test if they travelled outside the city during the autumn school break, even if it had been a few days elsewhere in Austria. He said people could go to the drive-through/walk-in test centre at Ernst-Happel stadium.
  • Here is an article on the testing centres and what is involved: https://www.thelocal.at/20201106/how-does-viennas-drive-in-coronavirus-testing-work-and-where-can-i-get-tested
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  • The ministerial decree outlining the Austrian measures to enter into force as of today, 3 November, is available here: https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/eli/bgbl/II/2020/463
  • NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

    Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

    Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

    On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

    Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – VIC Medical Service update
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – testing at schools

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that three people who work for VIC-based organizations tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

One person works for the IAEA and one for UNIDO. There was no workplace exposure. This means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

One person works for UNOV/UNODC. There were no close contacts.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 123, of whom 106 work at the VIC. Of the total of 123 personnel, 95 have already recovered.

VBO Reminder:

In line with the latest measures and guidelines on COVID-19 announced by the Host Country:

Bearing in mind their mandate and operational requirements CTBTO, UNIDO and UNOV/UNODC have switched to full-time telecommuting from Tuesday, 3 November. The IAEA, bearing in mind its mandate and operational requirements, is also moving towards a significant reduction of its presence at the VIC.

VIC Catering Services will continue to provide services, adjusted for the reduction of personnel presence at the VIC: Cafeteria: 07:30 -15:30, C07 Coffee Corner: 08:30 -15:00.

The VIC Medical Service will continue operating as it has been to date. The VIC Pharmacy will remain open.

The VIC Commissary will remain open with additional limitations to access numbers in adherence with the latest Austrian regulations. Effective 5 November through 30 November, the VIC Commissary will open at 11 a.m. and close at 6 p.m (Monday to Friday).

Services including banking and the post office will remain open.

The current rules on access to the VIC remain in place, subject to the additional security measures introduced on 3 November.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The VIC Medical Service will continue operating as it has been to date. Influenza vaccination appointments will take place.

The Austrian Authorities have cancelled all events until 30 Nov (except for certain events like funerals where up to 50 persons are still allowed). Person to person meetings necessary for conducting business are exempted from these regulations.

At the VIC, Medical Service encourages to conduct meetings virtually as the main form of interaction and in-person meetings should be held only if absolutely necessary. In case in-person meetings are necessary for continuation of the business, the number of participants should be as low as possible. All participants should wear masks at all times throughout the meeting and have assigned seating.

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, including bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda, kitchens, the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria and at coffee corners. Fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks must be worn, with the exception of people who cannot wear a mask for health reasons. People who cannot wear a mask for health reasons must hold a certificate confirming this from a doctor licensed to practice in Austria.

Everyone is asked to adhere at and outside the workplace to the one-metre physical distancing rule.

Group gatherings non work related at coffee and lunch breaks are discouraged and should be reduced to a minimum. The Austrian rules limiting social gatherings to people from no more than two households also applies in the VIC.

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a home quarantine, for identified close contacts or for those who tested positive, the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day quarantine period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person. However, there is no requirement to perform a second test to end the quarantine period.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austria’s Health Ministry reported that between 21 September and 23 October it conducted 5,910 gargling tests with children at Vienna schools where there were suspected cases. The results showed 208 positive cases – 3.52 percent of those tested.
  • The Ministry’s mobile teams were sent to schools 210 times as part of a pilot project, which is now being taken over by the City and will include personnel reaching schools by bicycle as well as with a specially equipped bus.
  • The aim of the in-school tests is to reduce the burden on other testing locations and provide quicker results.
  • The number of positive cases remains at record highs.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  • The ministerial decree outlining the Austrian measures to enter into force as of today, 3 November, is available here: https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/eli/bgbl/II/2020/463

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from UNDSS
  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations
  • Message from the VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – terrorist attack in Vienna – COVID-19

MESSAGE FROM UNDSS

Following earlier security guidance after Monday's attack, the UN Security and Safety Service advises that Vienna International Centre personnel now revert to the COVID-19 working arrangements outlined by their organization.

UNDSS will continue to search and screen all personnel entering the VIC until further notice in line with increased security measures taken by the host government.

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

In line with the latest measures and guidelines on COVID-19 announced by the Host Country:

Bearing in mind their mandate and operational requirements CTBTO, UNIDO and UNOV/UNODC have switched to full-time telecommuting from Tuesday, 3 November. The IAEA, bearing in mind its mandate and operational requirements, is also moving towards a significant reduction of its presence at the VIC.

VIC Catering Services will continue to provide services, adjusted for the reduction of personnel presence at the VIC: Cafeteria: 07:30 -15:30, C07 Coffee Corner: 08:30 -15:00.

The VIC Medical Service will continue operating as it has been to date. The VIC Pharmacy will remain open.

The VIC Commissary will remain open with additional limitations to access numbers in adherence with the latest Austrian regulations. Effective 5 November through 30 November, the VIC Commissary will open at 11 a.m. and close at 6 p.m (Monday to Friday).

Services including banking and the post office will remain open.

The current rules on access to the VIC remain in place, subject to the additional security measures introduced on 3 November.

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported that 12 people who work for VIC-based organizations tested positive for SARS CoV-2 in the past five days.

Seven people work for UNOV/UNODC at the VIC. Four people work for the IAEA at the VIC. One person works at the VIC but not for one of the main four VIC-based organizations.

Where there were close contacts, close contacts have been informed. In most cases there was no workplace exposure. This means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 120, of whom 103 work at the VIC. Of the total of 120 personnel, 94 have already recovered.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The VIC Medical Service will continue operating as it has been to date. Influenza vaccination appointments will take place.

The Austrian Authorities have cancelled all events until 30 Nov (except for certain events like funerals where up to 50 persons are still allowed). Person to person meetings necessary for conducting business are exempted from these regulations.

At the VIC, Medical Service encourages to conduct meetings virtually as the main form of interaction and in-person meetings should be held only if absolutely necessary. In case in-person meetings are necessary for continuation of the business, the number of participants should be as low as possible. All participants should wear masks at all times throughout the meeting and have assigned seating.

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, including bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda, kitchens, the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria and at coffee corners. Fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks must be worn, with the exception of people who cannot wear a mask for health reasons. People who cannot wear a mask for health reasons must hold a certificate confirming this from a doctor licensed to practice in Austria.

Everyone is asked to adhere at and outside the workplace to the one-metre physical distancing rule.

Group gatherings non work related at coffee and lunch breaks are discouraged and should be reduced to a minimum. The Austrian rules limiting social gatherings to people from no more than two households also applies in the VIC.

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a home quarantine, for identified close contacts or for those who tested positive, the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day quarantine period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person. However, there is no requirement to perform a second test to end the quarantine period.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

Terrorist attack in Vienna

  • Monday night’s terrorist attack in Vienna claimed five fatalities, including an attacker whom the Interior Minister described as a sympathizer of the IS terrorist group, and left 23 people injured, some of them critically.
  • Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen, addressing Austrians and all people who wanted to live together peacefully in Austria, said it had been a dark and terrible night with a cowardly terrorist attack on the heart of our society. He thanked the security and emergency services and the international community that stood behind Austria. It had been an attack on all who valued life in a free society. But hate would not find fertile ground here. Hate could never be as strong as our community in freedom, democracy, tolerance and love, Van der Bellen said.
  • Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the attack had been directed at all of us and was motivated by hatred of basic values, hatred of democracy and hatred of our way of life. “We will defend our core values with all our might,” he said. Under no circumstances should one fall into the trap of the terrorists who wanted to divide society. The enemy was neither a population group nor members of any religious community, said Kurz. Our enemy was extremism and terrorists. It was not a conflict between Christians and Muslims or Austrians and migrants, but a fight between civilization and barbarism, between the many who believed in peace and the few who wanted war, said Kurz.

COVID-19

  • Schools at high school level will switch to distance learning under the new Austrian measures. Grades 1 – 8 and kindergartens are to remain open for the time being. This would be evaluated after 14 days, said the Education Minister in a press conference on Monday.
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  • The ministerial decree outlining the Austrian measures to enter into force as of today, 3 November, is available here: https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/eli/bgbl/II/2020/463

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO /

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that one person who works for the IAEA tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Close contacts have been informed.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 108, of whom 91 work at the VIC. Of the total of 108 personnel, 87 have already recovered.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria and at coffee corners.

Masks must be worn at all times by all meeting participants, even when they are sitting in their assigned seats.

People who cannot wear a mask for health reasons must hold a certificate confirming this from a doctor licensed to practice in Austria.

In line with the latest information from Austrian authorities, as of 7 November, fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks rather than face shields/visors must be worn. This is because new scientific evidence shows better reduction of droplets and aerosols when wearing a mask or a nose-mouth covering made from fabric compared to face shields/visors.

The Medical Service asks everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the one-metre physical distancing rule.

It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups and exercise maximum prudence.

In line with Austrian regulations on indoor private gatherings, the VIC Medical Service recommends limiting gatherings during lunch and coffee breaks to a maximum of six people.

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a home quarantine, for identified close contacts or for those who tested positive, the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day quarantine period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person. However, there is no requirement to perform a second test to end the quarantine period.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported that six people who work for VIC-based organizations or at the VIC tested positive for SARS CoV-2.

Two people work for the IAEA. There was no workplace exposure in one case and in the other contacts have been informed.

Two people work for UNIDO and close contacts have been informed.

One person works for UNOV/UNODC and there was no workplace exposure.

A sixth person, who works at the VIC but not for one of the VBOs, tested positive. There was no workplace exposure.

When there is no workplace exposure it means the individual concerned was not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 104, of whom 87 work at the VIC. Of the total of 104 personnel, 86 have already recovered.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria and at coffee corners.

Masks must be worn by all meeting participants even when they are sitting in their assigned seats.

People who cannot wear a mask for health reasons must hold a certificate confirming this from a doctor licensed to practice in Austria.

In line with the latest information from Austrian authorities, as of 7 November, fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks rather than face shields/visors must be worn. This is because new scientific evidence shows better reduction of droplets and aerosols when wearing a mask or a nose-mouth covering made from fabric compared to face shields/visors.

The Medical Service asks everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the one-metre physical distancing rule.

It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups.

In line with Austrian regulations on indoor private gatherings, the VIC Medical Service recommends limiting gatherings during lunch and coffee breaks to a maximum of six people.

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a home quarantine, for identified close contacts or for those who tested positive, the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day quarantine period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person. However, there is no requirement to perform a second test to end the quarantine period.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The Austrian Red Cross’s Stopp Corona app, which can help with contact tracing, is in English and German and can be downloaded from here.
  • This is an overview of the app in English:
  • The official Austrian dashboard has the latest data on COVID-19. It is available in English as well as German and is updated each day at 1400.
  • NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

    Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

    Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

    On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

    Link to the site:

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Austrian President and Health Minister encourage people to download and use Stopp Corona app
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MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO /

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that five people who work for VIC-based organizations tested positive for SARS CoV-2 in the past four days.

Two people work for UNOV/UNODC. There was no workplace exposure. This means the individuals concerned were not at work during the time of potential infectivity. This is defined by the Austrian authorities as 48 hours before having symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test result.

One person works for UNIDO outside of Austria and another for CTBTO in Austria, but not at the VIC. One person works for the IAEA. For the instances related to Austria (CTBTO and IAEA), close contacts have been informed.

The cumulative total number of people who have tested positive among personnel of the VIC-based organizations is 98, of whom 81 work at the VIC. Of the total of 98 personnel, 86 have already recovered.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria and at coffee corners.

Masks must be worn by all meeting participants even when they are sitting in their assigned seats.

People who cannot wear a mask for health reasons must hold a certificate confirming this from a doctor licensed to practice in Austria.

In line with the latest information from Austrian authorities, as of 7 November, fitted nose-mouth coverings/masks rather than face shields/visors must be worn. This is because new scientific evidence shows better reduction of droplets and aerosols when wearing a mask or a nose-mouth covering made from fabric compared to face shields/visors.

The Medical Service asks everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the one-metre physical distancing rule.

It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups.

In line with Austrian regulations on indoor private gatherings, the VIC Medical Service recommends limiting gatherings during lunch and coffee breaks to a maximum of six people.

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a home quarantine, for identified close contacts or for those who tested positive, the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day quarantine period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person. However, there is no requirement to perform a second test to end the quarantine period.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • In his televised National Day address on Monday, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen encouraged all those living in the country to download the Stopp Corona app.
  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said over the weekend the app helped with contact tracing and had already been downloaded 1.1 million times.
  • The Stopp Corona app is in English and German and can be downloaded from here.
  • This is an overview of the app in English: