Status: 02/22/2021 7:41 p.m.
From vaccination priority three to two: elementary and special school teachers as well as daycare staff should be vaccinated earlier than previously planned. The federal and state governments have agreed on this. In order to implement this, the vaccination ordinance must be changed.
To protect against infection with the coronavirus, teachers at primary and special schools as well as educators in day-care centers should be able to get vaccinated earlier than planned. The federal and state governments agreed on this at the conference of health ministers, as its chairman, Bavaria’s Health Minister Klaus Holetschek (CSU), announced afterwards.
“We have to protect professional groups with a particularly high risk of infection,” said Holetschek. The affected employees should be brought forward from the third to the second group of the vaccination sequence, as far as the necessary vaccine is available in the countries. The federal states had spoken out in favor of the new regulation without opposing votes, explained the CSU politician.
Changes to vaccination regulations planned
Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn has put a draft for an amendment to the vaccination ordinance in the vote, which is expected to come into force on Wednesday.
The higher prioritization should enable a quick and safe implementation of opening strategies of the federal states in daycare centers and elementary schools, according to the draft from which the news agency dpa quotes. Because there will be many, often close, contacts, especially since not all protective measures can be implemented well for smaller children.
Agreement had emerged
In the run-up to the health ministerial conference, Spahn and several countries had spoken out in favor of bringing forward primary school teachers and daycare staff in the sequence of vaccinations. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the prime ministers of the federal states had asked for an examination. The health ministers have now added that special schools should also be included in the decision.
Im Report from Berlin Spahn pointed out on Sunday that as a result of the school opening in ten federal states, “millions more people are on the move”. At the same time, virus mutants that are much more contagious appeared in Germany. It is therefore necessary to vaccinate more people.