World Corona: Pandemie representative of the Technical University of Munich advises the second booster in front of the Oktoberfest

13:20  30 july  2022
13:20  30 july  2022 Source:   spiegel.de

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The Covid numbers are high, but there are hardly any restrictive measures. That is okay, says infectiologist Christoph Spinner, but warns with a view of the celebration season in late summer for the vaccination refreshment.

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The Covid numbers are still high and tend to rise, but the situation seems under control. This does not have to stay that way in autumn: For weeks, discussion has been discussed for weeks about whether and what measures are necessary to prevent the pandemic situation. With a view to the upcoming celebration season, the Munich infectiologist Christoph Spinner now advises the "second booster". The risk of infection at folk festivals is now increased. Last but not least, the so -called Oktoberfest flu ramparted earlier - due to the large crowds of people and the narrowness in the beer tents: Doctors registered for the folk festival and then increased figures from flu infections in the Munich area.

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large crowds of human beings, concerts and folk festivals were considered to be engines of virus distribution and were among the first public events in the Lockdown phases that were canceled . With contact restrictions up to Lockdowns, attempts had been made since 2020 to contain the pandemic.

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also sees Spinner, the Pandemie officer of the Clinic on the right of the Isar of the Technical University of Munich, no reason this autumn: "I do not know why the Oktoberfest should not take place, ”he told the German press agency.

since 2020 the largest folk festival in the world with its approximately six million visitors was canceled twice in a row because of the pandemic. In April 2022, Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter ( SPD) decided that the Oktoberfest should take place again this year. The booster then brings the drinkers into tents. Location in principle no problem: »Of course, current observations indicate an increased risk of a SARS-COV-2 infection in the context of folk festival events, as can also be expected at the Oktoberfest "Said Spinner. The fact that the booster has a benefit effect is out of the question for spinners: "The optimization of vaccination protection, for example by a second booster two to four weeks before the Oktoberfest ,

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has been debated for weeks

. Numerous studies show that vaccinations

also reduce serious diseases

in relation to the Omikron variants. However, you cannot prevent the infection. And that raises questions about whom exactly the "double booster" would still make sense: only for risk groups? For older people? Or for everyone?

The spirits differ, also on the expert side. The constant vaccination commission currently recommends the second booster only for risk groups and people aged 70. At the EU level, refreshment is recommended to all people from the age of 60. The World Health Organization WHO, meanwhile, called for vaccine developers to develop vaccin that aims to prevent infection. Several companies have already started with clinical tests. However, if it goes well, it would be relevant for the Oktoberfest 2023 at the earliest, but not before. Until then, companies are expected to launch the vaccines that are adapted to autumn 2022, which are supposed to protect a little better against serious disease courses by omicron variants. The approval procedure for a first preparation of Biontech is running. It is also a substance for expert debates whether you need this or with the vaccine that is already available: at least it seems undisputed that a booster at least increases the number of antibodies against covid temporarily. And in direct comparison to the health risks by substances that Oktoberfest goers otherwise consume, the risk of vaccination should be neglected.

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