Compulsory vaccination required for employees in schools and daycare centers

Dhe human geneticist Wolfram Henn from the German Ethics Council has called for a corona vaccination for employees in schools and daycare centers. “Anyone who joins a group of vulnerable people by choosing a profession has a special job-related responsibility,” Henn told the Rheinische Post newspaper on Monday. “We need a compulsory vaccination for the staff in daycare centers and schools.” Teachers should above all protect children under the age of twelve who could not get a vaccination.

Although children themselves have a low risk of getting seriously ill with Covid, one must continue to expect “that they will carry the virus into their families and infect people from risk groups,” said the human geneticist. As an example, according to the newspaper, he named cancer patients in families who could not be vaccinated because of acute therapies. This group now has to be protected by compulsory vaccination for certain professional groups. However, Henn refused a general vaccination requirement.

“Freedom must not be a privilege”

The Greens spoke out against tough encroachments on freedom for people without vaccinations. “Freedom must not be a privilege of those with good access to the health system,” said the Green health politician Kordula Schulz-Asche of the Rheinische Post. She called on the federal government to “finally start a multilingual and target group-specific information campaign”.

Contrary to all expectations a year ago, a large number of people in Germany are currently vaccinated. “But especially younger people without prioritization are still waiting for the second or even first vaccination,” emphasized the Green politician. Some people have not yet been reached by the vaccination campaign.

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General practitioners in the Rhineland want to do without AstraZeneca

In the ongoing corona vaccination campaign, the practices in the Rhineland want to do without the vaccine from AstraZeneca in the future, according to the family doctors’ association. That said the head of the North Rhine General Practitioners Association, Oliver Funken, of the Rheinische Post newspaper on Tuesday.

“AstraZeneca is increasingly becoming the slow seller among vaccines. Politically, he was simply talked to death. The current STIKO recommendation still supports this. Many patients want to switch to BioNTech, ”says Funken. Therefore, one is now forced to do without AstraZeneca, although it is a good vaccine that also protects against the Delta variant. “We will now discard the vaccine and use BioNTech,” said Funken.

“For family doctors this means organizational stress”

Many patients wanted to be able to switch to BioNTech, often also because it allows them to get a second vaccination faster. That is understandable, so Funken. “On the other hand, this means organizational stress for family doctors. Appointments have to be reassigned, vaccines have to be planned differently, ”said the chairman of the North Rhine General Practitioners Association.

The Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO) announced last Thursday that people who had received a first dose of the corona vaccine from AstraZeneca should in future receive an mRNA vaccine like the one from BioNTech or Moderna as a second injection, regardless of age.

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General practitioners in the Rhineland want to do without AstraZeneca

In the ongoing corona vaccination campaign, the practices in the Rhineland want to do without the vaccine from AstraZeneca in the future, according to the family doctors’ association. That said the head of the North Rhine General Practitioners Association, Oliver Funken, of the Rheinische Post newspaper on Tuesday.

“AstraZeneca is increasingly becoming the slow seller among vaccines. Politically, he was simply talked to death. The current STIKO recommendation still supports this. Many patients want to switch to BioNTech, ”says Funken. Therefore, one is now forced to do without AstraZeneca, although it is a good vaccine that also protects against the Delta variant. “We will now discard the vaccine and use BioNTech,” said Funken.

“For family doctors this means organizational stress”

Many patients wanted to be able to switch to BioNTech, often also because it allows them to get a second vaccination faster. That is understandable, so Funken. “On the other hand, this means organizational stress for family doctors. Appointments have to be reassigned, vaccines have to be planned differently, ”said the chairman of the North Rhine General Practitioners Association.

The Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO) announced last Thursday that people who had received a first dose of the corona vaccine from AstraZeneca should in future receive an mRNA vaccine like the one from BioNTech or Moderna as a second injection, regardless of age.

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SPD health politicians: Pediatricians disagree with Lauterbach on child vaccination

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Pediatricians disagree with Lauterbach when it comes to child vaccination

“I think it would make sense to vaccinate the children”

So far, the Standing Vaccination Commission has recommended vaccinating children only under certain conditions. Because of the spread of the delta variant, SPD health politician Karl Lauterbach is calling for this position to be reconsidered. For the DFB-Elf game in Wembley, he wants fewer spectators.

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So far, the Stiko has only recommended a corona vaccination for children with previous illnesses. Some experts, including SPD man Lauterbach, want to change that. The President of the German Society for Child and Adolescent Medicine is critical of the move.

KIn the debate about the risks posed by the delta variant for children, doctors and adolescents have backed the assessment of the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko). “In principle, this recommended corona vaccination for children and adolescents between the ages of twelve and 17 only with certain previous illnesses,” said the President of the German Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Jörg Dötsch, of the “Rheinische Post” (Tuesday edition).

“According to the current state of knowledge, the Delta variant does not change anything,” said the director of the Clinic for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the Cologne University Clinic of the newspaper. However, there is always the possibility for the families to come to an individual decision for or against the vaccination together with their pediatrician, said Dötsch.

“I currently rate the health risks from a corona infection for children and adolescents as so low that waiting for new knowledge about vaccination can be an option for hesitant people,” he said. The mortality rate and severity of illness of children and adolescents after a corona infection are similarly low as with seasonal flu. So far there is no evidence that the delta variant will change that.

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SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach had previously asked Stiko in view of the strong spread of the Delta variant in many countries to reconsider its restricted recommendation for the corona vaccination of children. “I think it would make sense to vaccinate the children,” said Lauterbach WELT. The politician warned that infecting children with the Delta variant was too risky. The Stiko has not yet issued a general vaccination recommendation for children and adolescents from the age of twelve. She recommends vaccinations only for twelve to 17 year olds with certain pre-existing conditions such as obesity, diabetes and chronic lung diseases.

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Corona vaccinations now without prioritization: differences by federal state

IFrom this Monday, those willing to vaccinate can be vaccinated against the corona virus regardless of the previously valid list of priorities in Germany. Once the prioritization has ended, the vaccine can generally be given to the entire population. Everyone over the age of twelve can now be vaccinated. However, it should take the summer until enough vaccine is available for everyone.

That is why top representatives of Germany’s doctors and Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) urged those willing to be vaccinated to be patient. At the same time, more than 6,000 company doctors are getting involved in vaccinations. In the first week you will receive 702,000 out of a total of 6.6 million vaccine doses announced for the week. There is currently a lot of vaccine used for the second vaccinations. The aim of prioritization was to protect people at high risk first.

“Disappointment and frustration”

The chief executive of the German Association of Cities and Towns, Gerd Landsberg, told the Rheinische Post that the lifting of the vaccination prioritization would lead to disillusionment for many people. “Disappointment and frustration are inevitable because there is not enough vaccine available immediately,” he said. “Frustration and disappointment will intensify because until mid-June 2021 – possibly even until the end of June – for example in North Rhine-Westphalia there will be no dates for first vaccinations in the vaccination centers.”

German general practitioners also dampened expectations of the end of vaccination prioritization. “Because ultimately the vaccine is still too scarce for the high demand and is still being delivered too unreliably,” said Ulrich Weigeldt, chairman of the German Association of General Practitioners, the newspapers of the Funke media group. At the same time, with the lifting of the prioritization and the announcement of child and youth vaccinations, the demand will increase. “But the setting will remain the same: We vaccinate as much as we can.”

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