US Commission: Do not follow the order too rigidly for corona vaccinations
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The Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) advocates not adhering to the order too rigidly for corona vaccinations. In all vaccination centers there should absolutely be lists for "whose turn it is when there are doses left over," said Stiko boss Thomas Mertens to the newspapers of the Funke media group (Wednesday editions). So that no vaccine is discarded, "suitable candidates from the following priority groups" could be preferred.
The handling of remaining vaccine doses must be "regulated pragmatically on site," demanded the virologist. The transitions between the groups in the sequence of vaccinations should not be viewed as a "hard limit".
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According to the Stiko boss, many doses of the vaccine from Astrazeneca are left lying around every day, which enjoys lower acceptance among the population than the active ingredients from Biontech / Pfizer and Moderna, which are also approved. Merten called the reasons for the rejection of the Astrazeneca vaccine "largely irrational".
The vaccine from the British-Swedish company Astrazeneca meets with reservations because its effectiveness in protecting against corona infection is reported to be around 70 percent. The effectiveness of the products of the Mainz company Biontech and its US partner Pfizer as well as the US company Moderna, on the other hand, is put at well over 90 percent. Astrazeneca argues, however, that his preparation protects "more or less 100 percent from the severe course of the disease".
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The Berlin Senator for Social Affairs Elke Breitenbach (left) announced that some of the leftover Astrazeneca cans should be used to vaccinate the around 3,000 homeless people in the capital's emergency shelters. "It is unacceptable in the current situation that vaccination doses are lying around unused," she told the Funke newspapers. The senator wants to start vaccinating the homeless as early as next week. She hopes that other federal states will follow Berlin's example.
Homeless people have so far belonged to priority level two in the vaccination order due to their frequent accommodation in mass accommodation. Group one, i.e. those with the highest priority, includes people over the age of 80, residents and staff of nursing homes, as well as employees in intensive care units and emergency services.
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