Protection against Covid-19 – every vaccination counts


It’s like a ride that ends in the gravel. Because that’s exactly how hopes for easing are being thwarted. No matter how you twist and turn it, the latest infection numbers are simply pointing in the wrong direction. One thing in particular is alarming:  The y are increasing without any easing that could serve as a reason. © The se are only now pending with the opening of primary schools and daycare centers, for which there are good reasons. However, starting school at this time is a risk. Not because rapid tests, for example, are still in short supply. That too. ©

 The y are a risk, because behind the rising numbers, with almost certainty, are the virus mutants, which are simply more contagious than the virus with which the world has previously had to struggle. No one can currently say whether the protective measures are sufficient against this higher risk of infection.

33D-Model des Coronavirus SARS-CoV2 (image / Rob Engelaar / Hollandse Hoogte) (image / Rob Engelaar / Hollandse Hoogte)

It seems all the more plausible to pull teachers and educators forward in the vaccination sequence. ©

 The y are actually prescribed an increased risk because politicians and parents alike expect them to look after their offspring face to face again. ©

 The n, conversely, teachers can expect to be protected as best as possible. Anyone who follows this line of argument must be aware that it will deprive others of a vaccination. Ultimately, this means: In this other group people will die because they remained unvaccinated and the virus was faster. That is the moral dilemma of these days when there is still too little vaccine because too little was ordered too late. In the end, there may only be forgiveness that Jens Spahn once spoke of at the beginning of the pandemic.

Prefer only within very narrow limits

It is also easy to say to justify the preference of the teachers by saying that a more pragmatic approach must now be taken with vaccination. In the current shortage situation, this can only be done within very narrow limits, i.e. only where vaccination vials are lying around unused in the freezer because others do not want the vaccination they are entitled to or a certain vaccine. ©

 The re is also that – especially with the AstraZeneca vaccine. This vaccine is of no use to anyone in the freezer, nor does it protect anyone. And if the figures are correct, that of the 1.5 million vaccine doses delivered, only 150,000, i.e. ten percent, were administered, then this is first an indication of how big the image problem this vaccine has meanwhile has.

Three vaccination vials from the manufacturers Biontech / Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca stand next to each other (picture alliance / | Luka Dakskobler) (picture alliance / | Luka Dakskobler)AstraZeneca vaccine – effectiveness and side effects
AstraZeneca’s vaccine has come under fire. People don’t get vaccinated even though it’s their turn. ©

 The y fear that the vaccine is not protecting them adequately. Why this is a mistake and what other doubts there are – an overview.

Do not refuse vaccination protection lightly

Of course, everyone wants the best possible protection for themselves and if two vaccines are differently effective, then this difference cannot be argued away. But that’s why nobody who is offered this vaccine should refuse the vaccination protection, i.e. ultimately throw it away lightly. A 70 percent protection against infection and an even higher value for avoiding a severe course of the disease in the event of an infection are a gain in security and, not to forget, a regained quality of life. Accepting the AstraZeneca vaccine when it is available may be difficult. Why do I only get the vaccine and others the more effective one? This question gnaws at everyone. But the protection argument – protection for yourself as well as for others – is more important. Especially now when every vaccination counts because of the spread of the mutants.


 The o Geers, Born 1959 in Sögel, studied economics at the University of Cologne, since 1984 freelance journalist for DLF, WDR and other ARD stations, since 1991 as business editor at Deutschlandfunk. 1997 to 2001 correspondent in Brussels, 2010 to 2011 editor-in-chief for economy and environment, since 2012 Berlin correspondent for the programs of Deutschlandradio, with a focus on economics and finance.

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