Family doctors association Berlin-Brandenburg fears “super disaster” for the vaccination campaign
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Medical associations see vaccination campaigns in danger through Biontech limitation
Less Biontech, more Moderna: With a view to the stocks, Federal Health Minister Spahn wants to allocate the vaccine. The Berlin-Brandenburg General Practitioner Association calls this a “super disaster” for the vaccination campaign.
The Berlin-Brandenburg General Practitioner Association has sharply criticized the limitation of the Biontech vaccine announced by the Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU). Association chief Wolfgang Kreischer told the rbb on Sunday that this was the “worst case scenario” for the vaccination campaign in the region.
Kreischer: Doctors will forego vaccinations
Many patients are fixated on the Biontech vaccine and other vaccines like Moderna. This human nun will be convinced by the already heavily stressed employees in the practices, which is time-consuming. The staff is at the limit, there have already been dismissals.
The government is apparently not clear that many resident doctors may in future forego vaccination. This tendency can already be seen: According to Kreischer, only 2,000 of the former 3,000 practices in Berlin are now vaccinating.
30 cans of Biontech per practice
In a letter to the federal states, the Federal Ministry of Health announced restrictions on order quantities for the vaccine from Biontech / Pfizer so that the Moderna preparation can be used more frequently for booster vaccinations. Otherwise stored Moderna cans threatens to expire from the middle of the first quarter of 2022, which had to be avoided.
For the time being, practices should be able to order a maximum of 30 doses of Biontech per week, vaccination centers and mobile vaccination teams 1,020 doses. There should be no upper limits for orders from Moderna.
Criticism also from statutory health insurance physicians
There is also criticism of Spahn’s plans from the statutory health insurance associations in Berlin and Brandenburg. KVBB Deputy Head Holger Rostek said on Sunday in the rbb that there would probably be a lot of questions from patients or even cancellations. “Moderna is good, but many will have questions as to whether the timing fits,” said Rostek.
“Therefore, every minute the doctor speaks to his patient in a meaningful way to educate him, he stops him from getting further vaccinations.” So that the vaccination speed, actually you actually at Had notified the vaccination summit on Friday, thwarted.
“Massive Organizational Complications”
According to information from Sunday, the Berlin KV board chairman Burkhard Ruppert expects “massive organizational complications in the practices, postponements and a high need for advice from patients if Moderna has to be vaccinated instead of Biontech as planned. This further complicates an already difficult vaccination situation. “The KV demands” clearly and unambiguously “to deliver the vaccines that have been ordered in the practices.
From the point of view of Christiane Wessel, Chairwoman of the Representative Assembly of KV Berlin, the vaccination campaign that has been ramped up again will no longer be possible in practice with a lot of effort. When registering via online systems, the vaccination history for the
correct vaccine does not understand. “That means making calls afterwards, which takes up valuable time.”
Patient protection: heavy blow for refreshment campaign
Strong criticism also came from the German Foundation for Patient Protection. “The fact that the Biontech vaccine is now insufficiently available is a severe blow to the refreshment campaign.
“The free choice of vaccine was a central element. The strategies of the Prime Minister’s Conference to enable 27 million vaccination offers by Christmas were built on it,” explained Brysch. “These decisions and plans to ramp up vaccination are practically being undermined.”
Spahn: Both vaccines are safe and available
Andreas Gassen, head of the German statutory health insurance physicians, “stunned” in view of the Biontech limitation. He emphasized in the “Bild am Sonntag” that the Moderna cans would only help to a limited extent because they should not be injected into under-30s, are more sensitive during transport and trigger a considerable need for advice in the patient.
Politicians from the CSU, FDP and the Greens had also sharply criticized the issue. One allegation was that it was stalling the booster campaign. The medical profession also warns of an increased need for advice on the part of patients and patients.
Spahn had regretted a possible additional expense. He told the Deutsche PresseAgentur on Saturday, “I know that this short-term changeover means a lot of additional stress for many committed helpers and on site in the doctor’s practices and vaccination centers. And I expressly regret that.” The Ministry of Health underlined, however, that there was enough vaccine, namely around 24 million doses of Biontech and 26 million doses of Moderna. Both vaccines are safe, effective and equally good for booster shots, the ministry said. There are also those who suggest a booster with the other vaccine as more effective.
Broadcast: Inforadio, 11/21/2021, 6:00 a.m.