Hopes for an early corona vaccine have continued to grow this week after the German company Biontech published promising test results from its clinical studies. If possible, the approval should be applied for in November.
But how does the vaccine get to people? The federal and state governments have been working on a corresponding vaccination strategy for weeks. After research by NewsABC.net, the first details of how this should be implemented are now clear. Accordingly, people who want to be vaccinated should first call the telephone number of the medical on-call service 116117. This is the same nationwide.
So vaccination appointments are to be assigned
After the call you will either be placed in a call center to make an appointment at a vaccination center or, as usual, referred to a doctor on call for medical problems that are not a vital emergency. If you want to be given a vaccination appointment, you must first answer a few questions that are used to determine whether the person in question is even eligible for vaccination. As soon as the vaccine is available, only certain risk groups and health workers should be able to receive the product. The Robert Koch Institute wants to work out details with the German Ethics Council and the Leopoldina Science Academy by the end of the year.
According to research by NewsABC.net, contrary to previous plans, there is still uncertainty regarding the question of where and how exactly the vaccination centers will be set up and how the vaccine will get there. Originally 60 delivery centers were planned for the vaccine, in which the funds for the vaccination centers are then processed. In fact, there will probably be more, as the number of vaccination centers will increase, especially in large-scale countries, in order to avoid supply problems. Large sports facilities such as football stadiums and exhibition and congress halls are being discussed as appropriate locations for this. There should be larger vaccination routes there.
How many storage locations and centers there will be in the end, however, depends on the logistics. The main problem here: the vaccine has to be continuously cooled down to minus 80 degrees Celsius. This means that large quantities of cooling devices are required, which apparently do not yet exist.
Dispute over costs for personnel threatens
Another problem: more vaccination centers also mean more staff. From federal government circles it is said that the goal is to be able to vaccinate 3,000 to 4,000 people per day in the locations. Around 100 doctors or nurses would then be required per center. Here, too, it is unclear whether they can even be recruited in time. The statutory health insurance physicians hope that the federal government will offer corresponding bonuses so that doctors can take over the vaccination services.
On Friday there will be a conference call between Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) and representatives of all statutory medical associations in the countries on the open questions. In advance it is said that the conversation can be uncomfortable for Spahn because of the many ambiguities. But it is also clear: If the vaccine is approved quickly by Biontech, for example, but a corresponding vaccination organization is not yet in place because the parties are arguing about money, it should not just be a political disaster. The already low willingness to vaccinate the Germans is likely to decrease further.