VFrom next weekend, doctors and medical staff based in Hessen should be able to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Around 80,000 people in “priority group two” can have the vaccine injected by Astra-Zeneca at an early date in the 28 vaccination centers. Interior Minister Peter Beuth (CDU) and Health Minister Kai Klose ( The Greens) announced this on Monday.
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“We are now making good progress across the country with vaccinating people in the highest priority group, so that we can promptly offer prospects for all members of the next group,” said Beuth. “It all starts on the last weekend in February with the medical staff who have a high or increased risk of exposure to the corona virus.”
Members of the highest priority level are currently being vaccinated in Hesse, as provided for in the federal vaccination ordinance. Around 277,000 Hessians in the first group have received their first and second vaccination appointments and some have already attended them. According to the Interior Ministry, 229,000 people received the first and more than 109,000 the second vaccination. Around 81 percent of people in the Hessian old people’s and nursing homes are now vaccinated.
More than 100,000 cans available
The vaccination sequence is based on the recommendations of the Standing Vaccination Commission, which currently advises that the Astra-Zeneca vaccine only be used for people between the ages of 18 and 64. In Hesse, Beuth continues, around 5750 people have been vaccinated with Astra-Zeneca so far. Most of them are hospital staff and members of the emergency services who belong to the highest priority group. Due to a large delivery last Friday, more than 100,000 doses of the Astra-Zeneca vaccine are currently available in Hessen.
According to the Ministry of the Interior, these could not be completely inoculated because they can only be used to a limited extent. This has to do with the fact that there are many people in the highest priority group who are older than 80 years and for whom the vaccine is not recommended. As a result, the doctors and medical staff are vaccinated exclusively with Astra-Zeneca and the Biontech vaccine is used for people over 80 years of age, as the Interior Ministry confirmed when asked.
Edgar Pinkowski, President of the State Medical Association, assessed the expansion of the vaccination group as “good news for doctors in Hesse”, who urgently needed this “effective vaccination” against the virus. “I call on my colleagues to make very active use of this offer. A high willingness to vaccinate in the medical professions is an important signal for our country, ”he said. The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, Frank Dastych, was also pleased.
“ The state’s offer gives the practices in Hesse more confidence in dealing with the people for whom they are there every day,” he said and added: “ The Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians shares the assessment of the federal and state governments that Astra – Zeneca is a highly effective vaccine. ”
The first dates are Saturday, February 27th and Sunday, February 28th. Further vaccinations are planned for Saturday March 6th and Sunday March 7th.
When and how not yet clear
In addition to doctors, the people who can be vaccinated include, among others, practice staff with direct patient contact, staff from the blood donation services, staff on duty at home emergency call providers, midwives, staff in correctional facilities, clinic staff and staff in the corona test centers. Dentists are also receiving a vaccination offer for the first time.
When and how the other people in the second priority group will be vaccinated in Hessen, Beuth and Klose want to present this Tuesday. The ministry did not announce whether teachers and educators will also receive a corona vaccination earlier. One does not want to anticipate the results of the next federal-state conference.
As the Ministry of the Interior also announced, seniors are increasingly making use of the option of rebooking their vaccination appointment. 41,000 over eighty-year-olds have already arranged an earlier appointment for the first preventive tip against the coronavirus via the hotline 116117 or the website of the vaccination service. That is 55 percent of eligible seniors.