Vaccination center closes - farewell after eventful Corona years: "I would do it again"
Created: 12/31/2022, 09:00
By: Tobias Gehre
For almost two years, the employees of the vaccination center have immunized people against corona during the pandemic.
The vaccination center survived real rushes as well as hostility from opponents of the corona measures.
Over 400 employees helped out.
At the end there was a big party.
© Peter Weber
More than 230,000 vaccinations, over 400 employees and dozens of doctors: the vaccination center in Fürstenfeldbruck was an important component in combating the corona pandemic.
At the end of the year it's over.
The vaccination center is closing.
Time for a review.
– What a hype.
Camera teams, journalists and politicians frolic in front of the Curanum nursing home in Germeringer this Sunday morning.
It is December 27th, 2020. It has just been three days since Christmas.
But for the residents it's already a mess again.
A team from the vaccination center has the long-awaited vaccine against Covid 19 with them.
After the injection, the first vaccinees appear in front of the cameras.
"That's a little pok and that's it," says a senior citizen - a little irritated by the casserole.
Official vaccination start for all of Bavaria
Matthias Skrzypczak and his employees break up their tents in the old Aldi in Fürstenfeldbruck.
© Peter Weber
Matthias Skrzypczak can still remember that day well.
For the medical director of the vaccination center, a real marathon begins on December 27, 2020 - with different stages.
The first few months are characterized by scarcity.
Thousands want to be protected from the threatening virus.
But because there is not enough vaccine, priority is given.
At the end of the day, if any of the precious vaccine is left over, Skrzypczak picks up the phone and calls potential vaccination candidates.
"Some came in a taxi in their nightgowns," the doctor recalls with a smile.
Treatment table as a place to sleep
Especially in the early days, Skrzypczak rarely sees his family.
He spends many a night in the vaccination center.
It is not uncommon for one of the treatment couches to be used as a bed.
For once it's even a stroke of luck.
A heater that is supposed to keep the former supermarket warm, from which the heating has already been removed, starts to smolder at night.
"If nobody had been there, the vaccination center might have burned down," says Skrzypczak.
Hostilities leave no one cold
In the summer of 2021, the great rush for the vaccine is suddenly over.
Those who wanted to be vaccinated are vaccinated.
Nevertheless, opponents of vaccination keep popping up.
Vigils are held with torches, others try to drive away the evil spirits from the staff of the vaccination center with songs.
And the employees also have to deal with threatening letters, e-mails and calls.
"It does keep you busy," says Skrzypczak.
Second boom due to booster injection
However, the team at the vaccination center will not be dissuaded from their work.
All of a sudden it will be more than many people want to have their refresher in autumn 2021.
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Parents come from far away
And even in the course of 2022, when the pandemic has lost its terror for many, the efforts will continue.
When a vaccine for vulnerable children and adolescents hits the market, Skrzypczak and his staff have their hands full again.
Parents travel from all over Bavaria to have their offspring immunized.
Nobody had that in their life plans
In retrospect, the doctor is pleased that "all in all it worked out".
"It was a project that was never planned." None of the up to 400 employees had planned to work in a vaccination center.
Everyone who worked on the vaccination center project can be all the prouder.
"I would do it again"
Now the anesthetist wants to spend more time with his family again.
There is a need to catch up.
The 41-year-old does not hope that he will have to run a vaccination center again in a pandemic.
But he says: "I would do it again anytime."
In the meantime, doctors in private practice manage the rest of the vaccination effort.
All corona vaccination centers in Bavaria will therefore close on December 31st - also because state funding is running out.
You can still get vaccinated in Fürstenfeldbruck until 2 p.m.