More vaccinations for children and adolescents: The health ministers will deal with this on Monday. Bavaria’s representative commented in advance on the dispute with Stiko.
Berlin – vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate: At the moment, politicians never tire of emphasizing this. As Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder * (CSU) likes to say, for example: “It’s a race against time.” Because the delta variant is also driving the corona infection numbers up again in Germany overall.
On this Monday, the federal and state health ministers are also dealing with the subject of vaccinations. A draft for a bulletproof paper had already been leaked in advance *. This will now be discussed again. But the line already seems clear, as the chairman of the conference of health ministers, Bavaria’s health minister Klaus Holetschek (CSU *) made clear in the morning.
Conference of Health Ministers: Holetschek sees no contradiction to the Stiko
It is about a vaccination offer in all federal states for young people, more precisely children between 12 and 17 years: “We want to discuss this together today and make this vaccination offer clear again,” said Holetschek in the ARD “Morgenmagazin”. “It is now important that we do not miss any time.” The discussion is about using the vaccination centers for this purpose, but vaccinations by doctors in private practice are also conceivable, according to media reports in the draft decision.
The plan is causing a stir in relation to the previous recommendation of the Standing Vaccination Commission: So far, Stiko has only recommended the Corona * vaccination primarily for children and adolescents with certain previous illnesses. Mind you: The Stiko does not directly advise against vaccination. Despite heavy political pressure, the recommendation has not changed for the time being. However, Holetschek does not recognize a contradiction to the Stiko: She opened up this possibility with medical advice, with consent and after an individual risk assessment. “We don’t do anything else.” The CSU politician also emphasized that nothing should be forced on anyone. “It’s a vaccination offer. You always have to say that. “
SPD man Müller considers the health minister’s plans to be “very appropriate”
The chairman of the Prime Minister’s Conference – which will meet again with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) on August 10 – also promoted corona vaccinations for children and adolescents from 12 to 17 years of age. The vaccination is “not at all as risky as many fear”, said Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller (SPD *) also in the ARD “Morgenmagazin”. He believes that the federal and state health ministers want to promote vaccinations for this age group as “very appropriate”.
Müller opposed leaving children and young people unprotected and thus risking infection. The SPD politician said that there could be long-term consequences for children from a corona infection.
Corona booster vaccinations for some from September? Suggestion from Spahn
Another issue that the ministers want to discuss is booster vaccinations. Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU *) proposes such vaccinations from September for certain groups, such as very immunocompromised or very old people, as stated in the draft ARD emerges. (cibo / dpa / AFP) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.
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