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The doctor’s office involvement should significantly speed up the rate of corona vaccinations – but the federal government’s plan doesn’t seem to be working, at least in time. The head of the statutory health insurers is also pessimistic.

Berlin (dpa) – The president of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurers (KBV), Andreas Gassen, expects vaccinations to begin in medical practices in May at the earliest – and not as planned by the federal government by April 19 at the latest.

At the conference of health ministers on Wednesday, it was decided that the vaccine would initially go to the vaccination centers, “so I tend not to see the GPs and specialists in the vaccination process in April because they simply won’t get enough vaccine. Gassen said Thursday in the ZDF “Morning Magazine.” He assumes that “we will probably not be able to fall back on these drugs until May and that vaccination coverage will remain at the current level”.

According to Gassen, the KBV expected that doctors would be involved in the vaccination strategy ‘much sooner’, given the slow start of the vaccination. Five million vaccinations could be performed “without much effort” per week in the practices. The doctors’ offices could “perform the vaccination at high frequency and in large quantities – if they get the vaccine,” said Gassen.

The start of the vaccination in the GP practice was initially planned for Monday at the beginning of April. After three hours of deliberation, health ministers agreed on Wednesday on the 16th calendar week or earlier – “if manufacturers’ supply quantities allow for this before April”. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert had announced that Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the state prime ministers want to decide on the recommendations of the conference of health ministers as soon as possible.

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