Cologne – It is the end of an IMPF institution! The last injection was given on Tuesday in the Cologne vaccination center in Deutz. After exactly 233 days, there was a mood of optimism in the exhibition hall. The vaccination center, one of the three largest in Germany, is history!
And everything had to be done quickly: From Wednesday, the “Anuga” food fair (from October 9th) will be set up where around 646,000 vaccine doses (almost two thirds BioNTech) have been used. The furniture belongs to the fair and is used again immediately. Vaccination booths, for example, become candy stands.
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One of the last to get an injection was the Cologne pensioner Marga Schorn (83). “I want to travel and quickly got my third BioNTech vaccination.”
“We are not sad that it is coming to an end here,” says Sebastian Brandt (41) from the Cologne fire department. Together with colleague Daniel Heu (38) he ran the vaccination center. “The fact that we are going out here also means that normal life will return a little further,” says Brandt.
Up to 7258 vaccinated people were cared for every day. In the fast eight months, up to 300 employees from a large pool of 2500 people (including the City of Cologne, Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, Chamber of Pharmacists, Federal Armed Forces, personnel service providers) were on site every day, from helper to vaccination doctor.
And there were also curiosities to die for. “There were people who were vaccinated in carnival costumes. But we also had people who complained why they didn’t feel any side effects, ”says Daniel Heu.
For some employees, the time at the vaccination center was special. Director Sebastian Brandt grins: “Rumor has it that two lovers could find each other here during that time.”