US News Corona vaccination: not everything is clear yet

12:10  28 november  2020
12:10  28 november  2020 Source:   dw.com

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The German Association of Cities has asked the federal states to quickly provide enough medical staff for corona vaccinations. "If the vaccine is there, the vaccinations must not fail due to a lack of staff," said City Council President Burkhard Jung (SPD) of the German press agency.

Half want to be vaccinated

Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) expects that a first vaccine will be approved in December. According to the current ZDF "Politbarometer", a good half of citizens (51 percent) want to be vaccinated, 29 percent are not yet sure and 20 percent definitely do not want to.

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"The federal, state and local governments all want the vaccinations to be a success," emphasized Jung. They are a crucial component in combating the corona pandemic. "The cities of course actively support the construction and operation of the vaccination centers. They are able to quickly make the necessary organizational preparations. This means, for example, renting and equipping buildings." The costs incurred by the municipalities would have to be offset by the federal, state and health insurance companies.

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The vaccinations themselves are the responsibility of the statutory health insurance associations and their resident doctors, according to the Mayor of Leipzig. "Due to the pandemic, the medical staff of the health authorities will remain at full capacity for the foreseeable future and will not also be able to take care of the vaccinations mobile vaccination teams. "

It only affects a few people

Time is of the essence because the first amounts of vaccine should be available soon. "The limited vaccination doses are initially intended for a relatively small group of people. The federal and state governments must now quickly establish binding and transparent information about who is vaccinated with priority," said Jung.

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Health Minister Spahn made it clear that he especially expects employees in hospitals and nursing homes to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Everyone can decide for themselves whether to accept this offer, said Spahn to Bayerischer Rundfunk. But: "At the finish I already have the expectation and the request that the vast majority of those who work in the health service also get vaccinated." It's not just about protecting yourself, but also about those you care for.

Spahn has asked the federal states that the vaccination centers should be ready for use in mid-December. Jung warned against too high expectations. "We are a little unhappy about the name vaccination center because people might get the impression that from January in every independent city and in every district there will be a facility in operation where you can get vaccinated," said the president of the city council.

Mass vaccinations in summer at the earliest

"In fact, we assume that mobile vaccination teams in particular will travel to care facilities and hospitals well into spring. There, chronically ill, very old people and the staff there will be vaccinated," says Jung. No unrealistic expectations should be aroused. " mass vaccinations for the general population will be possible according to the plans of the federal and state governments from summer at the earliest."

Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) assumes that the approval of the population will grow as soon as the supply of vaccines starts. "We need people's willingness to be vaccinated," said the CDU politician to the "Augsburger Allgemeine". Schäuble made it clear at the same time: "There will be no compulsory vaccination. Nobody who bears responsibility wants that."

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