Corona pandemic: Spahn wants to summit “booster vaccinations”

Status: 31.10.2021 12:23 p.m.

Health Minister Spahn wants to speed up the booster vaccinations – a federal-state summit should help. SPD health expert Lauterbach proposes the reopening of the vaccination centers.

In view of the increasing corona numbers, the debate about booster vaccinations is gaining momentum. Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) called for a federal-state summit on the subject. “Currently the booster speed in Germany’s practices is not enough. We need a booster summit from the federal and state governments,” said Spahn of “Bild am Sonntag”. Current data from Israel showed “that boosting makes a crucial difference in breaking the fourth wave”.

Spahn wants speed with booster vaccinations

Spahn had repeatedly advertised booster vaccinations in the past few days. In his opinion, the federal states should invite people over the age of 60, for whom this is recommended, in writing. The recommendations of the Federal Ministry of Health Such a vaccination differs from that of the Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO), which advocates a third vaccination for people over 70, the Ministry of Health recommends a booster vaccination for over 60-year-olds – in consultation with the family doctor . However, the ministry has already emphasized that, in principle, all citizens are entitled to a third vaccination.

“We are annoyed that Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn is stoking expectations that booster vaccinations are possible for everyone,” said the board member of the General Practitioner Association, Armin Beck, the editorial network Germany. “The general practitioners follow the recommendation of the Standing Vaccination Commission, which currently recommends third vaccinations only for people over 70 and a few other groups.” Due to Spahn’s statements, however, the need for clarification and discussion in the practices is increasing. If the STIKO expanded its recommendation, the general practitioners would also vaccinate these groups of people, he announced. Medical President Klaus Reinhardt told the RND: “So far there is no sufficient scientific evidence for the need for booster vaccinations for people of all ages.”

For the time being, the over 70-year-olds are also the focus of SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach. What is needed now is a clear booster vaccination campaign for this group. For them, the booster effect is “vital from now on, as breakthrough infections can be fatal for them. Third vaccination is a must for them. Others later. That has to be communicated clearly,” he wrote on Twitter. Lauterbach called for the vaccination centers, which were often closed, to be set up again. The vaccinations are progressing far too slowly to break the soaring fourth wave of the pandemic.

“Realistically” there are currently not many options “with a great effect”, Lauterbach continues. One of two possibilities is “a much faster booster vaccination,” he emphasized with a view to booster vaccinations. “For that you would have to reopen the vaccination centers.”

The number of people vaccinated is increasing only slowly

The number of people vaccinated is only increasing slowly. A booster vaccination against the effects that diminish over time is much less perceived by people than could. This is especially recommended for risk groups. Politicians are desperately looking for concepts to induce more people to do so.

The regional vaccination centers were set up last winter when vaccinations started. The background was requirements for strong cooling of the initially scarce vaccines and strict priority for vulnerable population groups. At times there were more than 400 vaccination centers. The federal and state governments had agreed to reduce or close them by September 30th at the latest. Most countries switched to mobile vaccination teams. In addition, doctors’ practices also vaccinate, but there are fewer again.

Incidence rises to almost 150

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported a further increase in the seven-day incidence to 149.4 from 145.1 the previous day. In addition, the institute registered the Robert Koch Institute reports 16,887 new infections – 3,155 more than on Sunday a week ago. 33 other people died related to the virus. This brings the number of reported deaths to 95,729.

Health Minister Spahn calls for federal-state summit to booster vaccinations

Björn Dake, ARD Berlin, October 31, 2021 10:24 am

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