Wednesday, May 25

GPs in Germany ask that vaccines be administered according to health and not age

“Prioritization was and is a good guideline for clinicians when only small supplies of vaccines are available,” Weigeldt told Rheinische Mail.

However, he felt that attention should focus more on a person’s health status as soon as possible.

“A 69-year-old man with high blood pressure and diabetes should perhaps get the vaccine earlier than a 72-year-old triathlete,” Weigeldt explained.

Currently, the order of vaccination is determined mainly by age, with the population divided into three groups: older than 80 years, 70-80 and 60-70 years. Group one has the highest priority and includes those over the age of 80, people in nursing homes, personnel working in intensive care, emergency departments and emergency services.

Group 1: older than 80 years. Group 2: 70-80. Group 3: 60-70.

Once vaccine supplies exceeded a certain amount, the important thing was to vaccinate people as quickly as possible, Weigeldt said, explaining that this was why GPs should also receive all the different types of vaccines. .

He said there is no reason for vaccination centers to be favored over surgeries by family doctors, adding that the important thing is that people get vaccinated.

“And we know this happens more quickly if vaccines are made where people want to be vaccinated,” added Weigeldt.

Family doctors are scheduled to begin vaccinations in the week after Easter. By the end of April, surgeries for family doctors should have more than three million doses of vaccines available each week, according to Germany’s health minister Jens Spahn.

For the first two weeks, Germany plans to use only the BioNtech / Pfizer vaccine, followed by AstraZeneca starting April 19 and Johnson & Johnson the following week.

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Despite Germany advising against the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in those under 60 this week, Spahn said he still expected all adults to be offered an injection before Sept. 21.

He said the AstraZeneca vaccine could be used more quickly in older age groups.

As of March 31, only 11.8 percent of the German population had received a first shot, while less than 5 percent had received both doses.

The graph shows the rate of the vaccination launch in Germany, indicating the number of people vaccinated daily as a seven-day moving average. Source: Our World in Data

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Meanwhile, Klaus Reinhardt, president of the German Medical Association, has called for vaccines reserved for second doses to be released for short-term use to help stop a third wave of infections.

According to the supplies promised by the government, there would be sufficient capacity for second strikes from the end of April, he told the Rheinische Post.

The number of new infections in Germany remains high.
The seven-day moving average of daily new confirmed Covid-19 cases, clearly highlighting the current upward trend. Source: Our World in Data.
In the last 24 hours, 18,129 new cases of Covid-19 were reported to Robert Koch Instituteas well as 120 deaths after a virus infection.

Cases have increased slightly in the past seven days, based on the seven-day incidence rate. According to RKI data, cases stood at 131 per 100,000 residents on Saturday, compared with 125 the week before.

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Case levels are also significantly higher than last month, when the figure briefly fell below 60.

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