Faltering appointments due to a lack of vaccine – that wasn’t that long ago. Today the federal and state governments are facing a different problem: as little vaccine as possible should expire.
More than half a year after the start of the corona vaccinations, Germany is heading for an oversupply of vaccines.
The availability of vaccines will soon ‘significantly’ exceed demand, stated the federal and state health ministers in a resolution following a video switch on Monday. The decision was before the German Press Agency in Berlin. ‘There has been a decline in demand in the vaccination centers as well as in the medical practices and company doctors.’
For the success of the vaccination campaign, however, the highest possible vaccination rate is crucial. 46.4 percent of people in Germany are now fully vaccinated. 59.9 percent have at least one dose. ‘The federal and state governments will once again intensify their efforts in order to target those people with a vaccination offer who have not yet decided in favor of a vaccination,’ said the conference of health ministers. As already announced, the current vaccination campaign is to be stepped up. Mobile teams would make additional low-threshold offers on marketplaces, nearby churches, supermarkets, department stores and cultural, sports and leisure activities. The logistics around vaccine deliveries are to become more flexible.
After its start in December, the vaccination campaign was marked for months by the fact that far less vaccine was available than needed. For this reason, vaccinations were initially carried out in old people’s homes and priority was given to the very old, people with previous illnesses and members of certain professional groups. The federal and state governments have now confirmed: ‘The upcoming deliveries by the end of July will enable every adult willing to be vaccinated to be promptly offered a vaccination in the form of a first vaccination.’
The federal government and the federal states are planning to increase the transfer to other federal states. ‘The discard of vaccines must be kept to a minimum,’ it says in their decision. ‘The federal government will make vaccines that are not used in the national vaccination campaign and whose storage permit distribution available to third countries through vaccine donations.’ The Federal Ministry of Health will promptly initiate a logistical process in order to collect vaccines stored in the distribution centers in the federal states. It should be clarified how to deal with vaccines that have already been delivered.