The case of the South African billionaire Johann Rupert (70) made headlines. The wealthy owner of the luxury brand Richemont and owner of the Hirslanden Group was able to get vaccinated in the canton of Thurgau before the official start of the vaccination.
He now regrets the “mistake”, but emphasizes that immunization against Covid-19 was legal. This is despite the fact that cantons are required to first vaccinate senior citizens aged 75 and over and the chronically ill at high risk. But there is, depending on the canton, a loophole – also for younger and healthy vaccinators who do not want to wait any longer for the prick.
With the Covid vaccination there are always excess doses. The re is always a small amount left in the ampoule or people who have registered do not appear at the vaccination appointment. The se residual amounts cannot be kept for long. The y belong quickly inoculated – or disposed of. The vaccination requires volunteers who can be on the spot quickly.
As the “Tages-Anzeiger” reports, the cantons handle this challenge very differently. In the canton of Thurgau, people who would like to be vaccinated have been able to register on a list since December. The top priority is that no vaccinations have to be thrown away.
You can also register anyone who is not yet 75 years old and is not chronically ill. The se people then usually receive a phone call between 6 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. and have to be at the Frauenfeld vaccination center within 60 minutes. Thurgau’s “joker list” allows three to four vaccinations a day outside of the regular vaccination program.
In the canton of St. Gallen, a list of people who can be on site within half an hour is drawn up in advance. The elderly or members of risk groups would be preferred, but this list is also generally open to all those who want to be vaccinated.
In the canton of Zurich, home doctors keep such lists. As a rule, those additionally vaccinated come from the working environment of the respective home. In the canton of Basel-Stadt, 115 people have so far benefited from the inoculation of residual quantities, in the vaccination center it was around 50 people.