Schools and daycare centers have reopened in ten federal states since Monday. The facilities have been largely closed since December due to the corona pandemic. With the reopening, further changes to the corona vaccination regulation are likely.
As early as this Monday afternoon, the federal and state health ministers want to use a video link to advise on upgrading teachers and educators when prioritizing vaccinations.
Will teachers and educators be vaccinated soon?
If there is a consensus on this, teachers and educators could receive a vaccination offer “from the beginning of March”, said Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) on the ARD program “Report from Berlin” on Sunday evening. His goal is then to “quickly adapt” the vaccination regulation.
According to the Vaccination Ordinance, educators and teachers currently enjoy “increased priority”. Recently, doctors had also called for the vaccination sequence to be moved forward.
With the opening of schools and daycare centers, “millions more people are on the move” from one day to the next, stressed Spahn. At the same time, mutations appeared that were more contagious. It is important that daycare centers and schools open up with hygiene concepts. Rapid tests should be expanded.
Woidke: Integrate practices quickly
Brandenburg’s Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke (SPD) also spoke out in favor of an earlier vaccination of educators and teachers. The Federal Ministry of Health should check “to what extent those eligible for Category 3 can already be approved for vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine,” Woidke appealed in a letter to Spahn.
In it, Woidke advocates swiftly involving family doctor’s practices in the vaccinations. “
The family doctors know their patients best and also have the necessary relationship of trust,” said Woidke when asked by the “Ärzte Zeitung”.
Gassen: Contract doctors could soon vaccinate
The vaccination centers are not designed to vaccinate the entire population, said the head of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV), Dr. Andreas Gassen, in the ZDF morning magazine (Monday).
The logistical issue of cooling BioNTech / Pfizer’s vaccine now seems to play a minor role. Recent findings have shown that Comirnaty® can also be stored and vaccinated in the practices, said Gassen. He described the acceptance problems of the AstraZeneca vaccine as “talked about”.
Protective screen jumps too short
The draft law presented by the coalition groups is not sufficient, as the protective shield provided therein does not contain any preventive or extra-budgetary benefits. If it stays that way, certain practices and specialist groups threatened to get into an “existential emergency”, Gassen warned.
The deputy chairman of the Union parliamentary group, Dr. Georg Nüßlein (CSU), meanwhile, warned against a too rapid weakening of the vaccination sequence. As long as the vaccine is scarce, the question always arises of who should be removed from the prioritization list. It should therefore stick to the preferred vaccination of the very old and seriously ill.
De facto, the prioritization is broken anyway at the instigation of district administrators if vaccination appointments are not kept in vaccination centers. In particular, staff at medical facilities and in nursing homes distrust the vaccine from AstraZeneca, which is currently allowed to be vaccinated even to under 65-year-olds, and does not appear at agreed vaccination dates.
The countries could be “very pragmatic” with the vaccination ordinance and prefer people if others refused to immunize. (hom / af / lass)