The corona vaccination campaign is progressing - more and more people in Germany are getting the right to be vaccinated.
But how do you get an appointment quickly?
In Germany currently (as of May 7th) almost 8 people per second are vaccinated against the coronavirus. That makes 668,648 vaccinations a day. Strong numbers when you consider that the vaccination campaign in the Federal Republic of Germany was extremely slow in the first few months. And apart from the fact that there are now more and more vaccines, more and more Germans are willing to be vaccinated - which may also be due to the fact that those who have been vaccinated can expect privileges * this weekend (May 8th).
But as a rule, the two pikes that it takes to be completely immune to the coronavirus simply mean more freedom and fewer worries in everyday life.
reports, the question now arises as to how best and fastest to get a vaccination
appointment at the moment
Is it better to go to the general practitioner or will the vaccination center serve you faster?
Vaccination against Corona: AstraZeneca as hope for a quick vaccination appointment
First of all, it should be remembered that, of course, a general prioritization for the sequence of vaccinations still applies. This means that those who are particularly at risk from the coronavirus have the chance to get a vaccination first - i.e. people who, for example, due to their age or a previous illness, are at increased risk of suffering from a severe course of infection with Covid-19, or people who work in professions with a particularly high risk of infection.
But with this week a whole new possibility opens up - for all those who are far from it, in the normal vaccination sequence.
The vaccine from the British-Swedish manufacturer AstaZeneca has made negative headlines again and again in recent months due to rare but serious side effects, so-called cerebral vein thrombosis, which is why the vaccine remains in thousands of doses in many places.
Corona vaccination: family doctor or vaccination center - what leads to the vaccination appointment faster?
In order not to let the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is also rated by experts as just as good as the vaccine from the manufacturer BioNTech, expire, Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn and the state ministers have explicitly canceled the prioritization for the AstraZeneca preparation nationwide *.
Doctors in practices can therefore decide individually for each patient whether and when they should receive a vaccination.
So it is probably worth asking your family doctor for a vaccination appointment.
The vaccine prioritization for AstraZeneca's vaccine has been removed.
Anyone who wants to can be vaccinated with this vaccine.
© Jens Büttner / dpa
Apart from the AstraZeneca vaccination, as of the current status (May 7th) in Baden-Württemberg, people with previous illnesses from the prioritization group 3 * are on the line.
These include people with rheumatism, HIV, heart disease, asthma or obesity.
You and other people on the Federal Ministry of Justice's list are currently not only coming to an appointment through your family doctor, but also through local vaccination centers.
In addition, company doctors should also be allowed to vaccinate in June at the latest.
Patience at the vaccination appointment: Prioritizations have not yet been completely lifted
Those who currently have to be patient are employees from occupational groups from the third priority. Baden-Württemberg's Minister of Social Affairs, Manne Lucha (Greens), assumes that it will be their turn in mid-May. But Lucha also has concerns about opening vaccination dates for other groups. About a week ago, he appealed to Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn * to send more vaccine to the southwest.
Because the vaccination centers and resident doctors are still a long way from reaching their capacity limit.
According to Lucha, if they got more vaccine doses, they could push the vaccination campaign much faster.
The Minister of Social Affairs therefore explains his concern: “If all federal states cancel the prioritization, that does not mean that all those entitled will get an appointment quickly.
A lot more people simply apply for the same number of vaccination appointments. "
The approval of the Tübingen mRNA vaccine from CureVac, which is currently in the starting blocks, remains a great hope for the vaccination campaign.
Those responsible assume that the vaccine will be officially available in June at the latest.
Corona vaccination appointment: These tips and tricks will help you get vaccinated quickly
But until then, if you really want to get a vaccination appointment quickly, you should simply take action yourself.
First of all, the official way would be to make an appointment online at the vaccination appointment service or by calling 116117.
In addition, anyone can contact a resident doctor by phone or email and ask whether a vaccination appointment is available there.
It is important to be spontaneous, because it is often possible to be entered on a waiting list.
If you then specify when you can be reached and flexible, there is the possibility of keeping appointments that other persons entitled to vaccinate, for example, let pass or cancel at short notice.
Corona vaccination: Tool from Stuttgart should help you find an appointment
There is also a program from Stuttgart that enables a quick overview of available vaccination dates within a certain radius. With the “Vaccination Appointment Radar” portal, you can quickly and easily determine which vaccination centers in the area are currently giving appointments * - and whether the rush is high. This is also reported by HEIDELBERG24.de *.
In any case, it should be worthwhile to actively and persistently try to get a vaccination appointment, because the vaccination doses are scarce and often run out quickly. However, if you stay fast, vigilant and spontaneous - and use different options and ways at the same time to secure one of the coveted appointments, then you definitely have the best chance of getting your vaccination quickly and thus yourself and the rest of the population to protect against further infections with the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus.
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