In some federal states, people can already have their family doctor vaccinated against corona.
Find out here what plan the federal government is pursuing.
The national vaccination strategy currently provides on paper that corona vaccinations only take place in so-called vaccination centers.
But that could change soon: Health Minister Jens Spahn would like to expand the vaccination options.
From April, general practitioners will also be supplied with corona vaccines from Biontech, Moderna and Astrazeneca
This measure is intended to drive up the vaccination quota in Germany more quickly.
As of March 1, 2021, 2,159,412 people in Germany were fully vaccinated, which corresponds to 2.6 percent of the total population, according to the government's vaccination dashboard.
If you also take into account those who have already received the first dose of vaccine, 5.1 percent of Germans have already been vaccinated.
For comparison: In Great Britain the vaccination quota is 29.87 percent, in the USA 15.17 percent and in Israel 55.13 percent of the residents have already been vaccinated against corona, reports the Ärztezeitung.
Since Germany is lagging behind here, Spahn's proposal meets with open ears: In some federal states, pilot projects are already starting that provide for the implementation of corona vaccinations at the family doctor.
As the editorial network Germany (RND) informs, five general practitioners' practices in Lower Saxony started with corona vaccinations on March 1st as part of such projects.
"In order to run through the logistics and storage of the vaccines and the technical processes, in particular, and to gain experience with the practical implementation in everyday life, we first start a short test phase of about two weeks in the nine pilot practices," the RND quotes Carola Reimann, who Lower Saxony Minister of Health: "
It is expected that from April onwards, significantly more practices in Lower Saxony will be able to be on board
." Exactly which doctors will carry out the vaccinations has not been disclosed.
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Freshly vaccinated: An entry in the vaccination booklet for a Covid-19 vaccination with the Astrazeneca vaccine could soon be obtained from the family doctor, according to the proposal of the Federal Ministry of Health.
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Corona vaccinations: GPs should relieve vaccination centers
Also in Thuringia, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Brandenburg and Saarland, projects have started or have started that enable corona vaccination at the family doctor.
In Thuringia and Brandenburg these should start in March, in the other two federal states selected family doctors have been vaccinating since February.
The model project for corona vaccinations by resident doctors in seven general practitioners' practices is taking effect in Saarland
The Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, the Medical Association and the Association of General Practitioners are involved, as reported by the RND.
Such model projects are to be expanded to all of Germany.
For example, the Business Insider portal quotes from a proposal paper by the Federal Ministry of Health on the national vaccination strategy that the Ministry wants to “further develop the existing option of involving resident doctors.”
From March, vaccinations against the coronavirus are to be carried out in “selected” medical practices
According to Business Insider, the paper explains the reasons: "In most countries, the number of available vaccine doses will already exceed the maximum capacities reported by the countries in the vaccination centers in April," and further: "In this phase, the home and Specialist practices that routinely offer vaccinations as part of standard care are fully integrated into the vaccination campaign ”.
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