This is what the Corona vaccination center looks like on the Allmend
The canton of Lucerne has presented its vaccination center. Around 200,000 Lucerne residents are to be vaccinated against the corona virus by the end of June. The infrastructure is in place, the vaccine is there. The vaccination center on the Allmend will probably only be accessible to the general public in spring.
“This is an important step – finally – towards normalcy,” explains government councilor and department head of the health and social department Guido Graf to the media representatives present. Graf and the Canton of Lucerne invited visitors to visit the new vaccination center in the exhibition halls on Allmend on Wednesday. He and the head of the cantonal management staff, Vinzenz Graf, presented the facility.
Suddenly things went quickly in Lucerne with the corona vaccination. The vaccine arrived on Tuesday, according to Guido Graf. And even before the media are led through Hall 4 of the Lucerne Exhibition Center, which has been converted into a vaccination center, the government council confirms: At 10:10 a.m., the first person in Switzerland was vaccinated against Corona – a 90-year-old Lucerne woman.
Hall 4 of the Lucerne Exhibition Center as a vaccination center
Then the tour begins. Vinzenz Graf explains how the vaccination center is set up and how a visit should work.
In the entrance area, the personal details of those to be vaccinated are first checked.
There is also a waiting room there, because people are channeled through the system via a drop system: a red-green traffic light system shows whether you are allowed to continue or not.
You continue down the stairs to the large Hall 4, where you first have to register at check-in.
Then you will be vaccinated in one of eight booths. “We assume that we can vaccinate four to five people per cubicle in one hour,” says Vinzenz Graf. There is also space for a further eight vaccination booths – there would then be 16 in total. To be on the safe side, there are also two doctor cubicles in the vaccination area.
After the vaccination you have to wait 15 minutes. A waiting area was set up for this purpose. “There will probably also be a drink for those waiting,” says Vinzenz Graf.
Then you go to the check-out independently, where the vaccination certificate is issued and the appointment for the second vaccination is made. You don’t go out via the stairs, but via a ramp. “This is how we ensure that paths never cross,” explains Graf.
200,000 Lucerne residents are to be vaccinated by the end of June
The main venue for the corona vaccination in Lucerne is therefore – the vaccine is already there. It is delivered by the Galliker company and prepared daily in the pharmacy of the vaccination center.
First, however, the vaccine is distributed to the retirement and nursing homes and administered there. “We asked the old people’s homes how many people there want the vaccination,” confirms Guido Graf. Even if not all high-risk patients want to be vaccinated, they are generally ready to be vaccinated. “As I can see at the moment, people are positive about the vaccination,” says Graf. This is even more the case with the younger population. “I notice that a lot of young people take their responsibility seriously and want to be vaccinated.”
The boys have to wait a little longer: The canton of Lucerne received 5,000 vaccine doses on Tuesday – by the third calendar week of 2021 it should be about 12,000 more. However, it could be March or April before the vaccination center is open to the general population. And yet: by the end of June 2021, around 200,000 people in the canton of Lucerne are to be vaccinated. The vaccination center should be in operation for at least that long. The big vaccination campaign will probably last until the third quarter of 2021.
Despite vaccine rules are more important than ever
The fact that vaccination has now happened so quickly in the canton of Lucerne is due to the fact that various scenarios had already been worked out in the summer, explains Guido Graf. He also emphasizes:
“It’s not a race.”
The vaccination campaign is coordinated among the cantons of central Switzerland, and agreements are also being made with other cantons. “It is a success for Switzerland.” There are feelings of relief and triumph in the presentation of the vaccination center. We can finally fight the virus, the new infrastructure seems to be saying. “You can be happy,” says Guido Graf. «It should be a sign: The vaccine is there and it goes on. But caution must remain. ” Mask requirement, distance rules and hygiene regulations are still inevitable. “We’ll need some time to get the virus under control.”
The virtual tour through the new vaccination center
Government Councilor Guido Graf in Hall 4 of the Lucerne Exhibition Center. Here Lucerne will be vaccinated against the corona virus in the future.