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Corona vaccination: Kimmich has concerns about long-term side effects - immunologist explains whether fear is justified


Corona vaccines have not been on the market long, but are considered safe. Professor Carsten Watzl explains whether potential long-term effects of the vaccination can occur.

Corona vaccines have not been on the market long, but are considered safe.

Professor Carsten Watzl explains whether potential long-term effects of the vaccination can occur.


Footballer Joshua Kimmich expressed concern that the corona vaccinations have not been inoculated for long.

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Vaccines do not end up on the European market without thorough examination.

Like other medicinal products, they must be tested for efficacy and safety by means of representative studies.

Only when these have been successfully completed and the results show that the benefits clearly outweigh the risks may drugs and vaccines be prescribed and administered.

The corona vaccines * approved in Europe by Biontech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and Astrazeneca have proven to be effective and safe in three clinical phases

, according to the Robert Koch Institute, the leading biomedical research facility of the German federal government.

Vaccine development: These three phases must be successfully completed before it is ready for the market

Phase I:

  The tolerance of a vaccine and its ability to elicit an immune response is tested on a maximum of 100 healthy volunteers.

Phase II:

 The tolerance and the immune response are tested on several hundred volunteers.

The correct dose is also determined here.

Phase III:

 Several thousand to several tens of thousands of volunteers are vaccinated.

The study leaders investigate whether the vaccine protects against infection and what possible side effects occur.

You can find out more about the clinical phases and corona vaccine development here

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The Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO) recommends a corona vaccination for children from the age of twelve, pregnant women and adults who do not suffer from an illness that speaks against a vaccination.

If you suspect the latter, you should clarify with your treating doctor to what extent a corona vaccination makes sense.

In general, however, according to the RKI: "

The COVID-19 vaccination makes a significant contribution to containing the pandemic!".

Still, there are many people who still have concerns about vaccination.

For example FC Bayern player Joshua Kimmich.

He was still unvaccinated because he had "a few personal concerns," as Deutschlandfunk reported.

The lack of long-term studies has caused him not to be vaccinated yet, it continues.

Side effects only after years?

Not possible according to immunologist Watzl

But how great is the risk that one has to reckon with health damage years after the vaccination?

According to


Professor Carsten Watzl, Professor of Immunology at the University of Dortmund, points

out that side effects of a vaccination always occur within a few weeks after the vaccination. “Then the immune reaction is over and the vaccine has disappeared from the body. What many people obviously understand by long-term consequences,

namely that I will be vaccinated today and will have a side effect next year, does not exist

, has never happened and will not occur with the Covid-19 vaccination, "said the Secretary General of the German Society for immunology



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Source: merkur

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