Berlin (dpa) – Vaccination prioritization should end in just under three weeks. Health Minister Jens Spahn asked people for patience after consulting with his national colleagues.
“I cannot say that on June 7 or the week of June 7 everyone wants to be vaccinated,” said the CDU politician in the ARD “Tagesthemen”. “That does not mean that we can all vaccinate within a few days. I still have to ask for your patience. ‘It will take until the summer to be able to vaccinate anyone who wants to.
The priority lists based on age, illness and occupation, introduced five months ago since vaccination started, are subsequently dropped in practices and regional vaccination centers. From June 7, occupational and private doctors must also vaccinate regularly.
The head of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurers, Andreas Gassen, expects the federal government to significantly boost supplies of the Corona vaccine. “We assume that Minister Spahn has therefore given the date of June 7, since then a significant increase in delivery volumes can be expected,” Gassen told the editorial network Germany (RND). In essence, he welcomed the decision to drop the prioritization: “We think that’s a good thing. It makes the work of the resident colleagues easier. The basic requirement is of course that there are enough vaccines. “
In the last week of May, GPs in Germany receive a vaccine from Johnson & Johnson for the first time. “The federal government will provide approximately 1.6 million doses of Biontech, just over 500,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson and an estimated 600,000 doses of Astrazeneca for the week of May 25-30,” the National Association of Statistical Health Insurance Physicians informed the practices with a notice reported by the “Rheinische Post”. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has the advantage of requiring one dose.
According to the chairman of the Bundestag’s health committee, Erwin Rüddel (CDU), the vaccination centers could be reduced if the vaccination priority no longer applies. “There is a time for everything: prioritization and the vaccination center were important. The more people in doctors’ offices can be vaccinated without priority, the number of vaccination centers can be reduced, ”he told SWR Aktuell Rhineland-Palatinate. “We need them because not everyone has a doctor. But I think we need more flexibility and freedom of choice in the vaccination centers, in combination with the practices and the company doctors, then we get a lot of dynamism in the process. ”
The German Association of General Practitioners spoke of a major challenge for practice staff, which is already inundated with questions. “Understanding that everyone wants it as soon as possible, I appeal to the patients: be patient!”, Said Ulrich Weigeldt, chairman of the “Rheinische Post”. The board of directors of the German Patient Protection Foundation, Eugen Brysch, criticized in the paper that no date should determine the end of the ethical order of vaccination. The vaccination progress in the three priority groups alone should be the yardstick for this.
More than 70 percent of people over 60 are vaccinated at least once, almost 25 percent completely. In total, more than 40 million vaccine doses have now been administered. 37 percent of German citizens (30.8 million) are vaccinated at least once – 11.2 percent (9.3 million) are fully vaccinated.
Despite the ever-increasing number of vaccinations and the decreasing number of infections, there are still warnings about leaving the corona restrictions too soon. “We are now experiencing a chaotic tripping out of the restrictions,” green health politician Janosch Dahmen told the editorial network Germany (RND). “This patchwork quilt also undermines the high level of discipline people have shown so far,” he complained. “This means there is a great chance of a setback.” The revenge now is that so far only national measures have been taken for contamination levels of more than 100 per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days. “The federal and state governments must finally agree on a unified risk-level plan for incidents under 100,” he demanded. “We are far from over the mountain.”
Saarland Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU), meanwhile, dismissed warnings about inconsistent state measures in the further opening steps as unfounded. “All Prime Ministers are aware of their great responsibility. None of us will carelessly or rashly undertake further relaxation, ”said the“ Rheinische Post ”CDU politician. “It’s not about a ‘race to relax’, but about a well thought out way to get out of the pandemic responsibly without risking another setback.”