Rising corona numbers: booster vaccinations “absolutely necessary”

Status: 10/26/2021 7:14 a.m.

The new corona infections are rising rapidly again. A booster vaccination is primarily intended to protect the elderly and people with previous illnesses. Experts and politicians are calling for significantly more speed.

In view of the steadily increasing number of new corona infections, politicians and experts are campaigning for more speed with third-party vaccinations for the elderly and people with previous illnesses.

Booster vaccinations for the vulnerable groups are urgently needed, said Dirk Heinrich, federal chairman of the Virchow Association of resident doctors, of the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”. Unfortunately, this is not uniformly regulated nationwide, so that there are delays in some places.

SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach told the newspapers of the Funke media group: “In view of the increasing number of cases, including among older people, a new vaccination campaign to use booster vaccinations in this age group is now absolutely necessary.”

“Terrifying” corona numbers

Left leader Susanne Hennig-Wellsow also called for more speed with the refreshments. “Third-party vaccinations must now be initiated as quickly as possible, the current corona numbers are terrifying.” The third vaccination must be advertised in the same way as the first and second, she told the newspapers of the Funke media group.

The President of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (Divi), Gernot Marx, told the Funke media group that he was “measuring the booster vaccination to play a very important role in combating the pandemic”. This applies to both patients and hospital staff.

In some places incidence of 224.3

Eugen Brysch, board member of the German Foundation for Patient Protection, complained about the “sluggish course” of the third-party vaccinations. “The statutory health insurance associations are responsible for ensuring that after a good three months just twelve percent of those over 70 years of age have received a third vaccination offer,” said Brysch of the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”. “Now it is taking its toll that the vaccination centers and mobile teams have largely been abolished precisely under pressure from the health insurance physician officials.”

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the number of new corona cases reported per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days was 110.1 nationwide. A week ago it was 74.4. There are big regional differences – from 53.0 in Saarland to 224.3 in Thuringia. The number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days rose to 2.77 according to the RKI. There is no uniform value from when the situation becomes critical. The previous high was 15.5.


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