Order: if Astra-Zeneca vaccine is left behind

Die Standing Committee on Vaccination (Stiko) advocates not adhering to the order of the corona vaccinations too rigidly. 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. So that no vaccine is discarded, “suitable candidates from the following priority groups” could be preferred.

The virologist demanded that the handling of the remaining vaccine doses must be “regulated pragmatically on site”. The transitions between the groups in the sequence of vaccinations should not be viewed as a “hard boundary”.

Mertens warned at the same time: “It must not happen, for example, that seriously ill risk patients go empty-handed because entire professional groups with a strong lobby are preferred regardless of the evidence-based priority level.” The primary goal of vaccinations is to counter the individual risk of serious illness protect.

According to the Stiko boss, many doses of the vaccine remain from Astra-Zeneca 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 Astra Zeneca vaccine “largely irrational”.

Primary school teachers get their turn earlier

Astra-Zeneca vaccination doses that have not been used so far can also initially be used for vaccinating employees in daycare centers and primary and special schools. The Vaccination ordinance is to be changed so that these are brought forward from the third to the second group of the vaccination sequence and can receive a vaccination from this Wednesday on. This higher prioritization is intended to “enable rapid and secure implementation of the opening strategies of the federal states in daycare centers and primary schools,” according to a draft.

Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) wrote on Twitter: “This gives additional security in an environment in which distance and mask are not always possible.” The amended vaccination ordinance is to be published in the Federal Gazette. Primary schools and daycare centers in ten federal states have been open again since Monday.


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