Austria issue vaccination plaster stamp


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31 March 2022
Austria Post have issued a new stamps with a sticking plaster design, intended to encourage vaccinations.

Austria Post have a long track record of issuing unusual stamps, and their response to the global pandemic has been typically innovative.

First we had the coronavirus stamp made of toilet paper, as panic buying gripped many parts of the world; next was the ‘mini FFP2 mask’ stamp which was an embroidered, stamp-sized mask; and now we have the sticking plaster design, intended to encourage vaccinations.

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A statement on the Österreichische Post website explained:

‘The idea for this original miniature sheet resulted from the imponderables of the coronavirus pandemic and was therefore issued on short notice and without an announcement in the issue programme.

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'This plaster-shaped stamp is meant as a hint to increase people’s motivation of getting vaccinated and thereby increasing the vaccination rate. It is made from the material of sensitive skin plasters, has a “dressing pad” and an adhesive strip that can be peeled off – just like a real plaster.’

There have been all manner of stamps helping and reflecting our fight against Covid19, but surely Austria have, once again, taken the lead when it comes to philatelic interpretation.

Issue date: 15 March 2022,