For months, the corona vaccinations were associated with long waiting times. Now the demand in Germany to. In order to win over those who are still undecided for the vaccination, several countries are preparing new, simpler offers.
Actions are planned, among other things, in parking lots, at events, in town houses, churches and mosques or in job centers, as the responsible ministries said. The aim is to provide additional, uncomplicated vaccination opportunities without having to worry about appointments in practices and vaccination centers - even there, after months of waiting, appointments are often easier to get, as was said in several countries.
Lauterbach calls for creative solutions
The SPD-Health expert Karl Lauterbach demanded creative solutions. "Where the young people are, it must be possible for them to be vaccinated, with mobile vaccination teams, without any effort," he said on Thursday evening on the ZDF program "Maybrit Illner". Lauterbach mentioned hookah bars and nightlife areas. The president of the social association VdK, Verena Bentele, suggested in the editorial network Germany (RND) to set up mobile vaccination stations in supermarkets and pedestrian zones.
Nationwide, the rush for vaccinations has decreased somewhat. In some cases, authorities point to the vacation period that has begun or to the fact that many who have decided have already been vaccinated. An overview of some ideas with which the federal states want to convince unvaccinated people:
In Brandenburg the Ministry of Health wants to start another vaccination campaign after the end of the summer holidays, which is to be aimed at younger people for the first time. "We want a paradigm shift: the vaccine should come to the people, not as before the people to the vaccine," said Ministry spokesman Dominik Lenz of the dpa news agency. The goal is uncomplicated offers: "Vaccination in parking lots, on the beach and at festivals, without an appointment," said Lenz about the current considerations. One is in talks with the municipalities.
Hamburg wants mobile teams to move out for several actions, as a spokesman for the health authority of the dpa said. Vaccination offers are planned for up to 40.000 social benefit recipients from the end of July - appointments should be able to be made directly with the job center as usual, the vaccinations will then also take place close to home at the usual job center location. Parallel vaccination offers are planned in town houses and, in further steps, in parent schools, churches or mosques. The aim is to reach people who are ready to be vaccinated, but who have not yet taken the initiative for appointments.
Completely "spontaneous" vaccination campaigns like those in marketplaces are currently not planned in Hamburg, explained the spokesman. "There should be a dignified framework for our offers and an appropriate anamnesis, information and documentation should take place - in particular to ensure that the second vaccination is carried out." There are currently no plans for premiums for being vaccinated.
In Rhineland-Palatinate the use of vaccination buses is being considered so that one can be vaccinated without registration, for example in marketplaces or in shopping streets. Health Minister Clemens Hoch (SPD) said on Thursday that this idea is still being examined. In addition, the Federal Employment Agency and the information boards will check which actions are possible in their area. Probably from next week you should also be able to choose a vaccination center. So far this was linked to the place of residence. When registering, a traffic light system should show how long you have to wait for appointments in which center.
In Sachsen-Anhalt Districts are already advertising with various campaigns, as a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Social Affairs said - from vaccination in shopping centers to extended opening hours of the vaccination centers or vaccination days on which no booked appointment is necessary.
The Ministry of Social Affairs in Baden-Württemberg explained with a view to the vaccination centers: "Those who have not looked for appointments lately have a good chance again." Vaccination campaigns are also to come, for example in front of supermarkets or other central and easily accessible places, such as Minister Manne Lucha (Greens) der "Stuttgarter Zeitung" and the "Stuttgarter Nachrichten" (Thursday) said.
150.000 free vaccination appointments in North Rhine-Westphalia
In Schleswig-Holstein there are already vaccination offers at universities. Mobile teams also specifically vaccinated harvest workers, a ministry spokesman said. With "neighborhood vaccinations" in residential areas, people could also be vaccinated who might otherwise not. In so-called open house campaigns, you can also get vaccinated without an appointment in some vaccination centers. According to the ministry, vaccinations in pedestrian zones are not currently planned.
Various actors should be involved in Saxony be invited to a vaccination summit on July 20th. State Chancellor Oliver Schenk (CDU) does not believe in restrictions against vaccinators, as described in Dresden said. Rather, they want to work with incentives, which is more promising. The German Red Cross (DRK) is currently investigating how many appointments were missed. So far, this could not be quantified validly, said a spokesman. There are many who reschedule appointments and then get vaccinated at another time or place. According to current estimates, around five percent of booked appointments expired.
In Nordrhein-Westfalen are according to the health minister Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU) in the vaccination centers this week 150.000 appointments free and 212.000 assigned. "That means that people have absolutely no problem booking a vaccination appointment." More than 300.000 appointments could be made next week. The situation is also easing for general practitioners and company doctors. For the first time, the availability of the vaccine no longer determines the amount of vaccinations.
In Thuringia offers such as a special student vaccination day were recently only used cautiously.