Coronavirus – The first spade takes place after Easter: Third Thurgau vaccination center is set up in a factory hall in Weinfelden

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The first spade takes place after Easter: Third Thurgau vaccination center is set up in a factory hall in Weinfelden

Ten tracks, vaccinate every five minutes: The canton of Thurgau will open its largest vaccination center to date on Tuesday, April 6th. The construction work in a shed hall on the outskirts of Weinfelden is in the final phase. The vaccination ship on Lake Constance and the vaccination center in Frauenfeld are still in operation. General practitioners also vaccinate.

Establishment of the vaccination center in Weinfelden.

Bild: Kevin Roth

Weinfelden is fraying here in the west. The settlement turns into arable land and meadows. A grove will soon begin. Between the railway line and the Giessen, which flows wider here than in the center, there is a shed hall, the roof like the crest of a rooster. In the production hall, where Denipro AG manufactured the parts for conveyor and distribution systems until a year ago, hammer blows and drills can be heard.

The third cantonal vaccination center in Weinfelden

It will start operating on April 6, 2021

At first glance, you think you are setting up a trade fair. White partition walls divide the factory hall into small rooms. The impression is not misleading: the Weinfelden trade fairs are involved in the third Thurgau vaccination center. “We planned it,” says Exhibition Director Gregor Wegmüller.

Since public fairs are currently a highly uncertain business due to Corona, Wegmüller is grateful for the order. The many years of expertise from trade fairs such as Wega are helpful for this assignment. “There are parallels,” says Wegmüller, citing flexibility and the art of improvisation as examples.

Adriano Mari, Hirslanden Group project manager.

Adriano Mari, Hirslanden Group project manager.

Bild: Kevin Roth

The Hirslanden Group in Zurich also operates the third vaccination center. Project manager Adriano Mari and Markus Bürgi, head of the civil protection department at the canton, guide media workers through the vaccination center construction site. Inspiration was also found in the neighboring canton. “We copied from the Canton of Zurich,” says Bürgi with a smile. “This center in Weinfelden is the little sister, if you will.” Just like over there, responsible for the vaccination centers: the Hirslanden Group.

Only one direction in the vaccination center

Markus Bürgi, head of the civil protection department at the canton.

Markus Bürgi, head of the civil protection department at the canton.

Bild: Kevin Roth

After entering the hall, those willing to be vaccinated are greeted at one of three check-in counters. For example travel feeling in times when travel is hostile. Here it is checked whether you have an appointment. Then it goes to a waiting room with chairs, from where the patients are called for vaccinations. Mari says:

“The vaccination itself is the shortest part.”

Free the upper arm. Prick. “The syringe with the vaccine is drawn up beforehand,” says Mari. Then the freshly vaccinated person goes into a room for observation. For around 15 minutes. All in all, the vaccination appointment does not take more than 30 minutes. Mari and Bürgi appeal to the population not to come too early for the vaccination. Ten minutes before the appointment is enough. In Weinfelden, people want to avoid traffic jams like the one on the Gotthard before Easter.

Insight into a vaccination route.

Insight into a vaccination route.

Bild: Kevin Roth

Ten vaccination lines will be set up for the start after Easter. It is uncertain whether they can all be operational from the start. “That depends on the delivery of the vaccine,” says Markus Bürgi. Either way: the amount of the vaccine sets the pace. And the quantities are scarce. This problem is also addressed in the current management report of the Pandemic Unit: “The Thurgau general practitioners have not yet been supplied with the desired amount of vaccination doses.”

Which vaccine is still uncertain

The vaccination center in Weinfelden could open twelve hours seven days a week – provided there is enough vaccine. It is not yet clear which vaccine – Moderna or that from Biontech / Pfizer – will be inoculated in Weinfelden. Basically, one in Weinfelden is prepared for both.

Wait in the observation room after vaccination.

Wait in the observation room after vaccination.

Bild: Kevin Roth

Not everyone is familiar with the location of the vaccination center in Weinfelden. “That is why a footpath from the train station is still signposted,” explains Wegmüller. He points out that the Dunantstrasse bus stop is also in the immediate vicinity.

The largest vaccination center is an addition to the previous two and the family doctor’s practices. The vaccination ship also sets sail again. It’s in Arbon until Friday. Then the MS Thurgau will start the second campaign in the Romanshorn home port to bring corona vaccinations to Kreuzlingen and Arbon. “Until at least mid-May,” says Adriano Mari.





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