Vaccinate what it takes: countries want to reduce Astrazeneca vaccination backlog – politics


In the federal states, after the hesitant start, there is growing hope that the Astrazeneca vaccination backlog will be eliminated quickly. Several countries are expecting a significant increase in vaccinations with the British-Swedish vaccine, as a query by the German press agency revealed. Until recently, only a small part of the cans had found their way into people’s upper arms. The reasons for this are partly surprising.

The Astrazeneca vaccination backlog in numbers:

  • According to the Federal Ministry of Health, a total of almost 3.2 million doses of the Astrazeneca vaccine should be delivered to the federal states by Thursday.
  • According to figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), however, only 514,000 doses had been administered up to and including Monday.
  • Around 59,000 people were vaccinated with Astrazeneca on Monday, and around 91,000 over the two weekend days.
  • One thing is clear: if the pace continues, there could be over two million cans in stockpiling by the end of the week.

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In several federal states, vaccination appointments are already being made for the second priority group, others are planning this – and thus millions of people could soon be entitled to an Astrazeneca vaccination. In North Rhine-Westphalia around 750,000 daycare workers, day-care workers, elementary school teachers and patrol officers are to receive a vaccination offer from Monday. “We just want to vaccinate as much as we can,” said NRW Health Minister Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU). In Hessen 12,000 doctors and medical staff recently received their dose of Astrazeneca, teachers, educators and policemen are also expected to have their turn soon.

And the reservations seem to be fading: Brandenburg reported an occupancy rate of around 90 percent for appointments at the start of the week, in Thuringia the vaccination appointments for staff at daycare centers and elementary and special needs schools were assigned within a few hours.

Also Baden-Wuerttemberg shows a stronger demand for appointments, there are few reservations among teachers or educators. In the meantime, more than a million people in the country are also entitled to vaccinations, it says from there. The federal states had previously increased capacities in the vaccination centers.

The city shows how things can be done quickly Krefeld in NRW. There, on Tuesday, 600 employees of schools and day-care centers were vaccinated with Astrazeneca doses that were received at short notice and not planned – six days before the nationwide vaccination start for this group.

However, there are still piles of vaccine in the refrigerator. Most recently it was said that the Astrazeneca vaccine had an image problem and that was why it was administered so hesitantly. The experiences from the countries show: That is only part of the truth.

The reasons for the slow start:

  • In Schleswig-Holstein, for example, the booking software first had to be converted in order to be able to use Astrazeneca on a large scale in the vaccination centers.
  • In North Rhine-Westphalia, the vaccination rate in hospitals was recently deliberately reduced because some employees were absent for a short time after the vaccination. The vaccination appointments were therefore stretched over a longer period of time – so that not too many employees are absent from the vaccine at the same time.
  • And Baden-Württemberg justified the low vaccination rates with a statistical delay: Vaccinations in the hospitals are therefore only statistically recorded late in the vaccination centers.

The spokesman for the federal government, Steffen Seibert, recently refused to give the impression that the vaccine was simply lying around unused. Vaccine could be delivered relatively fresh at first, withheld for a second vaccination or not yet vaccinated, but intended for certain vaccinations.

In the opinion of the social association VdK, the federal states should still speed up. “The vaccine is there, but some of it goes to waste in the vaccination centers,” said President Verena Bentele. More and more members reported to the association who were chronically ill or disabled and wanted to be vaccinated, but were desperately waiting for appointments. The VdK complained that the federal government left the procedure to the states and district administrators. They are obviously hopelessly overwhelmed by finding people with chronic illnesses and disabilities. (dpa)

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