Information on Corona vaccines

Every day we receive concerned questions about the Corona vaccination in the paediatric outpatient clinic. Some topics have been answered by experts, for others there are still no clear statements.

Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions:

  • Which vaccines are approved by the Austrian Ministry of Health for vaccination against Corona?
  • How do the released vaccines differ in their effectiveness?
  • Are there any side effects? Can you die or suffer brain damage from it?
  • Are there clinical trials for the approved vaccines?
  • Were the phases in the development sufficiently long to obtain safe Corona vaccines?
  • Is the vaccine approved for children and pregnant women?
  • Should a person suffering from COVID-19 be vaccinated?
  • How often do you have to get vaccinated?
  • Can I still get sick after the vaccination?
  • After receiving the vaccination, can I move freely again without a mask and travel without restrictions?

Summary of the most important points according to the current State of knowledge:

The following vaccines are licensed in Austria:

BionNTech/Pfizer (Germany)

  • Effectiveness up to 95 %
  • good neutralizing effect on COVID-19 virus mutants
    (not yet officially backed up by study data). This vaccine is produced via the mRNA of the virus. It does not alter our body's own DNA. Rather, our immune system is stimulated to build up defenses against the Covid 19 virus.

AstraZeneca (England)

  • Effectiveness up to 82 %
  • significantly lower probability of a severe course of the disease
  • good efficacy observed against the mutant from England

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