The vaccination rate is stagnating – millions of doses in the warehouse | Free press


Berlin (dpa) – Before the announced increase in corona vaccinations, the pace of the vaccination campaign in Germany is currently stagnating.

Almost a week after the end of the vaccination ban for the Astrazeneca product, online booking of vaccination appointments has not yet been reactivated in all states. It differs from country to country how much of the serum supplied has actually been vaccinated and to what extent the very old ones are protected. With an expected 70.5 to 73.5 million Corona vaccination doses, significantly more people in Germany should be able to be vaccinated in the next quarter. There were 19.8 million cans in the first quarter.

There are millions of uninjected vaccine doses in these countries. North Rhine-Westphalian Health Minister Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU) spoke of “false reports about” vaccination doses in stock “”. He explains that the vaccination doses must be available in the warehouse for appointments or second vaccinations that have already been arranged. The Federal Department of Health’s vaccination dashboard lists the vaccination doses that have been delivered and injected.


According to information from Minister Jens Spahn (CDU), the federal government delivered 3.37 million cans to North Rhine-Westphalia on Tuesday. According to the information, on Wednesday 2.31 million of them had been taken, or 68.5 percent. Bavaria reached 2.46 million doses – 1.92 million were vaccinated (78 percent). Baden-Württemberg received 2.08 million cans – 1.52 million (73.1 percent) were injected. In Lower Saxony, 1.5 million cans were delivered and 1.07 million inoculated cans (71.3 percent).

According to the figures, Hesse got 1.19 million and polluted 0.87 million (73.1 percent). More than 0.77 million vaccine doses went to Rhineland-Palatinate – 0.6 million were vaccinated (77.9 percent). Saxony received nearly 0.77 million euros and polluted 0.54 million (70.1 percent). Berlin received 0.7 million doses and 0.53 million doses (75.7 percent) were administered in the capital. Schleswig-Holstein received 0.55 million doses, of which 0.42 million were injected (76.4 percent). The numbers are lower in Thuringia, Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saarland and Bremen.

A total of about 268,000 vaccine doses were administered Tuesday – four days after the end of the nearly four-day Astrazeneca vaccination shutdown, according to the Robert Koch Institute. There were 248,000 doses on the Tuesday before the vaccination stopped and 304,000 doses on the Friday before the vaccination stopped.


The countries also show marked differences in vaccination progress for those exposed to particularly high risks of a serious or fatal course in the case of Covid 19: the elderly and those with previous illnesses. According to the Robert Koch Institute in Saarland, more than 73 percent of the over-80s were vaccinated at least once – in Baden-Württemberg and the North Rhine-Westphalia-Lippe region, on the other hand, only about 59 percent and in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania slightly less than 50 percent. Minister of Social Affairs Manne Lucha (Greens) recently spoke in Baden-Württemberg about a “success” when he announced that the waiting list for people over 80 and over 65 from certain professions would be processed by the end of March.

The head of the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko), Thomas Mertens, had repeatedly warned that the greatest risk to serious Covid-19 courses would be penalized. Mertens saw the reason that, for example, teachers, educators and police officers were given priority vaccinations, even though they were young and healthy. In Baden-Württemberg, for example, the teaching staff of schools and day-care centers have been authorized to vaccinate since mid-February. In Berlin, for example, the vaccination group was not expanded to daycare centers until about a week later, and then in mid-March to primary school teachers.


Despite the holidays, vaccinations should now be performed at Easter. “We have instructed the municipal vaccination centers and asked them to continue the vaccination during the holidays,” said a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health in Hanover. Saxony-Anhalt wants to continue to vaccinate. In Baden-Wuerttemberg, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Social Affairs said there will always be vaccinations, even at Easter – depending on the available vaccine. It is possible that individual centers divide the appointments over the other days of the week and close at Easter, but in this case this is due to insufficient vaccination. In Schleswig-Holstein, vaccination appointments are given without a break, according to the Ministry of Health. In Thuringia, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Berlin, the vaccination centers would also be open at Easter. Bremen wants to keep it that way.

In the week after Easter, according to a resolution from the federal state last week, GPs must also participate nationally in the corona vaccination campaign, but initially with just under a million doses per week, about 20 doses per practice. Deliveries should then increase step by step after Easter. According to the Federal Department of Health, up to 15.3 million doses of vaccine will be delivered in April – just 4.5 million fewer than in the entire first quarter.