Status: 01.11.2021 6:54 a.m.
Most vaccination centers have been closed for weeks – Health Minister Spahn now wants to change that. The background is the flagging vaccination campaign. Time is of the essence, especially with the booster vaccinations.
In view of the sharp rise in corona numbers, the executive Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) calls on the states to restart their vaccination centers. “In order to enable as many people as possible to have a booster vaccination as quickly as possible, the federal states should make the vaccination centers that have been on standby ready since the end of September ready again,” he told the “Rheinische Post”.
The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach had already made a similar statement at the weekend.
The Green health expert Janosch Dahmen was dissatisfied with the course of the corona vaccinations in the practices of the resident doctors. “After the closure of most vaccination centers, the practices clearly fail to meet the expectations placed on them, neither for the initial nor for the booster vaccinations,” said Dahmen to the editorial network in Germany. If the vaccination rate is not sufficient, “we will finally have to vaccinate in other places, such as pharmacies”.
Written invitation to everyone over 60?
In addition, Spahn advised, as a first step, to invite all people over 60 in writing to receive a booster vaccination. His ministry had also once again pointed out that, in principle, all citizens are entitled to a booster vaccination.
The Standing Vaccination Commission recommends the refresher for people aged 70 and over, residents and those in care in care facilities for the elderly, nursing staff with direct contact with the elderly and people with a weakened immune system.
States divided on federal-state summits
At the weekend Spahn had called for a federal-state summit on the subject of booster vaccinations in the “Bild am Sonntag”.
Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller (SPD) was skeptical on ZDF as to whether a federal-state summit on the topic of booster vaccinations would make sense. “We are in the process of enforcing the booster vaccinations. We have invited the elders again,” said Müller. The question is what Spahn specifically wants to discuss. He expected the minister to say what plan he had for the difficult months ahead.
In contrast, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) said in the Report from Berlin: “Corona is a common national task, and we have always solved it across parties.” CSU boss Markus Söder and SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach also called for a federal and state summit on Corona at the weekend.
Health Minister Spahn: Countries should make vaccination centers ready to go again
Alfred Schmit, ARD Berlin, 1.11.2021 · 07:00