On Monday, the health ministers will discuss the further vaccination strategy. A decision paper shows: There will be a lot going on with children and young people as well as the very old.
Berlin – Germany is fighting against the corona virus on several fronts: Some do not want to be vaccinated. Others want to, but cannot yet. Others have long since been vaccinated and will be back soon. So politics has its hands full. Before the Prime Minister and Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) meet again on August 10, another body will meet on Monday (August 2): the Conference of Federal and State Health Ministers. A draft resolution has already been leaked, from which several media cite.
Conference of Health Ministers on Monday: Vaccinations for children and adolescents aged 12 and over
On the one hand, it deals with vaccinations for children and adolescents from the age of 12. The vaccines from Biontech / Pfizer and Moderna are already approved for this age group, but the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) in Germany has not yet issued a general recommendation, only for risk groups. For weeks there has been criticism from various sides. Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) tweeted on Saturday: “900,000 of the 12 to 17-year-olds are also vaccinated, every fifth in this group received an initial vaccination. There is enough vaccine for all age groups: whoever wants can get vaccinated. “
So everything should go faster. According to the reports, the health ministers want vaccination centers to offer vaccinations for 12 to 17-year-olds, such as the FAZ or ARD to report. Medical information and the consent of the custodians would be ensured. Vaccinations, for example from general practitioners, pediatricians or company doctors are also conceivable. According to the dpa news agency, the proposal comes from the Federal Ministry of Health. The paper is still a draft for tomorrow’s meeting.
And further incentives should also be created for young adults: The federal states should create structured, low-threshold offers at universities, vocational schools and schools. “This can make a significant contribution to a safer start to teaching and learning after the summer vacation,” says the draft resolution FAZ.
Corona in Germany: booster vaccinations are pending – plans are on the table
Another of the ministers’ plans concerns those who received their vaccinations a few months ago. “As part of preventive health care, the federal states will be offering a booster vaccination from September 2021 with mobile teams in care facilities, integration assistance facilities and other facilities with vulnerable groups,” says the template, as the AFP news agency writes. This means that people whose second vaccination was at least five months ago should now receive a third vaccination, a so-called booster vaccination. Affected people who live outside the facilities mentioned should be able to be vaccinated through their general practitioners and specialists.
All very old people as well as people with immunodeficiency and those in need of care are specifically named for the measure from next month. The plan is therefore to only offer mRNA vaccines from Biontech / Pfizer and Moderna, regardless of which vaccine was previously used. According to the AFP, the step is justified with studies that indicate a gradual decrease in protection against infection, even in those who have been completely vaccinated – especially in the risk groups.
Bavaria is preparing for autumn: “Organization and orientation of the vaccination centers will be adjusted”
Bavaria also provides for booster vaccinations in autumn: “A booster vaccination should make sense from a preventive point of view alone. Therefore, Bavaria has already geared its corona vaccination strategy to the new challenges. The organization and orientation of the vaccination centers will be adjusted, ”said Health Minister Klaus Holetschek (CSU) on Sunday at the request of the dpa. “With our mobile teams, we will also be able to vaccinate the most vulnerable people in facilities.” (cibo)
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