The Ministry of Labor wants to speed up vaccinations and is lifting the working time regulations for staff in the vaccination program. Since Friday, March 26th, a decree has been stipulated that hospital staff, who are indispensable for vaccinations, as well as those involved in vaccine delivery can now work outside of the statutory working hours. The rest of the work should be undercut and the daily and weekly maximum working hours exceeded.
Hope for more speed with the vaccinations
Labor Minister Martin Kocher (ÖVP) hopes that the fight against the corona pandemic will accelerate: More available staff should enable faster vaccination of the population. “Due to the pandemic, we are in an exceptional situation that requires special measures. By making working hours more flexible, we are making it possible for trained staff to deliver the vaccine and vaccinations even outside of the statutory regular working hours get a vaccination as soon as possible, “said the minister.
The additional human resources should also make it easier to deliver vaccines on weekends and public holidays. So far it has always been said that the rather leisurely pace of vaccinations in Austria is due to a lack of vaccines and not to too few staff.
There is an exception to the decree: in hospitals, the average maximum weekly working time of 48 hours per week may only be exceeded with the written consent of the person concerned. In addition, the special regulation only applies during the first vaccination phase, i.e. until all persons willing to vaccinate have received the first and second partial vaccinations. It is therefore not valid for the entire duration of the pandemic, emphasized the Ministry of Labor in a broadcast. The decree can be viewed on the Labor Inspectorate’s homepage from March 29th. (apa)
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Coronavirus repealed working time rules increase vaccination speed