WAs Germany’s coronavirus numbers continue to rise – on Sunday the seven-day infection rate of 806.8 crossed the 800 threshold for the first time – the introduction of compulsory vaccination for nursing and hospital staff is being discussed. As Tagesspiegel learned from government and state circles, many federal states seem to be insisting on a delay. Instead, one must first wait for the introduction of the new inactivated vaccine from the manufacturer Novavax, according to “Tagesspiegel” at the East German state chancellery.
On Saturday, federal and state health ministers suggested that employees in the health sector and in care should be able to receive the “preferred” Novavax vaccine. A protein-based vaccine is a method that has long been known and used in the fight against other diseases. Therefore, a vaccine could also be important for people who have reservations about new mRNA technologies and vector vaccines.
Too many nurses are skeptical and can no longer come to work due to the duty to vaccinate – the new vaccine could find greater acceptance than the previous mRNA-based vaccine. The first shipment of 1.75 million doses is said to be available from February 21, but two shots may delay the launch by several weeks.
Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder He was talking to FAS Modification is also required. “It would have been better to make vaccination compulsory for everyone from the start, rather than vaccination for individual groups only. Early entry into the nursing sector and hospitals may lead to a loss of nursing capacity. That is why you should check a standard appointment for everyone again.”
The German Foundation for Patient Protection also called for a review of the institution’s vaccination requirements. Board member Eugene Brech said Sunday that if up to ten percent of employees left the profession, the 200,000 people in need of care and patients would no longer be able to receive professional support and care. “Employees can change jobs. However, those who need help cannot break out of the supply trap.”
Meanwhile, the number of coronas in Germany has reached a new high. The seven-day rate of new infections crossed the 800 threshold for the first time. Robert Koch Institute (RKIShe gave him 806.8 on Sunday morning. The day before the infection rate was 772.7, a week ago it was 515.7. Health authorities reported 85,440 new coronavirus infections to RKI within one day. In light of the rapid spread of the omicron variant, the Federal Government’s expert council is calling for preparations for further steps. The federal and state governments want to discuss the additional strategy on Monday.
The Experts Council’s Concerns Are Growing
Experts predict that more and more infections cannot be detected, in part because testing capabilities and health authorities are increasingly limiting. In hospitals and other areas of critical infrastructure, there is already a risk of significant staff shortages due to high levels of sick leave and quarantines, and some of these have already occurred. Omicron is especially contagious, but according to many experts, the course of the disease is much milder.
The prime ministers of the federal states wish to meet the Federal Chancellor on Monday Olaf Schulze (SPD) to advise on further steps. Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) has repeatedly spoken in favor of maintaining the current measures. The Federal Government’s Council of Experts supports this line, but calls for arming yourself to increase the number of infections.
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