Missing the Covid-19 vaccination appointment – hard to imagine for many who are looking forward to their appointment. Still, of course it happens. At the same time, the handling of the vaccine is very complex and the thawed doses must be inoculated within a very short time in order not to lose their effectiveness. So what happens to the vaccines if an appointment is missed?
The following happens in the canton of Basel-Stadt: “If people do not show up at the agreed vaccination date, ‘Meconex”, the company that runs the vaccination center, calls people who have been registered with us and offers them an appointment at short notice, “writes Anne Tschudin, who is in charge of communications for the health department. on request from Telebasel.
High appointment discipline in Basel-Stadt
The se are people who urgently need a vaccination but have not yet had an appointment. Tschudin emphasizes that this should not be understood as a waiting list. So far we have had very good experiences with this procedure: “
The vaccine doses that were released could be used. So far we have only been unable to use a few doses of the vaccine, »said Tschudin.
The number of people who do not show up for the vaccination appointment is in the low double-digit range.
The re is also a plan for the nursing homes. If there are any vaccine doses left over there, employees of the institution will be vaccinated according to a priority list of the care home. In this way, all prepared vaccination doses could also be used there.
In the Basel area, medical workers receive the remaining doses
In the Basel area it happens “now and then” that vaccination appointments are not kept, writes Rolf Wirz from the information service of the cantonal crisis team. But no statistics are kept for this.
The remaining vaccine doses would be inoculated to the health workers present. “If we didn’t do that, we would actually have to dispose of the vaccine,” said Wirz.