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“Protect, test, vaccinate” must be the cornerstone for a return to normal functioning in schools. Family Secretary Giffey, meanwhile, warns of a social divide in vaccinations.

Berlin (dpa) – Federal Minister of the Family Franziska Giffey is calling for talks about a return to normal school activities.

“Now we have to make sure that the children can return to normal step by step. And when we talk about outdoor catering, we have to talk about it: how can we function completely normal again, “said the SPD politician of the RBB program.” We need to talk! “

Necessary tools for this are “protect, test, vaccinate” – including the vaccination of parents and professionals who come into contact with children. “Because they protect the kids like a cocoon,” Giffey said.

In the event that Biontech’s vaccine is soon approved for children as young as 12 years old, the Federal Schoolchildren Conference is calling for the vaccine to be preferred over schoolchildren. “With Biontech, there is only one vaccine that is quickly approved for people aged 12 and older,” said Secretary General Dario Schramm of the editorial network Germany (RND). For this, vaccination vehicles should come to schools – that’s the easiest way.

In the EU, Biontech / Pfizer can currently only be injected into people aged 16 and over. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) wants to decide on the approval of the vaccine from the age of 12 in May.

In view of the nationwide withdrawal of corona vaccination prioritization on June 7, Giffey said, “Clearly, if the prioritization is lifted, the run will begin. As long as there is not enough vaccine available, GPs will have a problem. “The National Association of Statutory Health Insurers wants to comment on the vaccination situation in practice today. On Tuesday, the Association of General Practitioners North Rhine reported an extremely aggressive vote on the demand for vaccines.

However, Giffey warned of a social divide in vaccinations: “Because we can see very clearly that the effects are naturally stronger in the socially disadvantaged areas, that people are not as knowledgeable about vaccination, which is why it’s so important that we ensure for vaccination to be made possible also in areas with such great social difficulties. “

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