Are teachers more important than doctors

Since last Saturday people with certain serious illnesses in priority group 2 as well as close contact persons of pregnant women and people in need of care have been able to register. As of late yesterday evening, more than 100,000 people made use of the registration option and registered successfully. Around 44,000 of them were contact persons for pregnant women or those in need of care who fall into the highest or high priority group of the Corona vaccination ordinance. In addition, there are more than 42,000 people with certain previous illnesses and around 2,700 people with disabilities who receive benefits under SGB IX, SGB VII and SGB XI.

Of the around 56,500 registrations of teachers and employees at elementary and special schools as well as educators and employees at daycare centers, more than 47,600 appointments have so far been assigned. The vast majority of these vaccination appointments will have taken place by mid-March.

Overall, Rhineland-Palatinate remains in the top group of federal states with its vaccinations. In terms of the number of inoculated doses, Rhineland-Palatinate is in the top group in Germany. 6.5 percent of all Rhineland-Palatinate people have already received their first vaccination (national average 6.2 percent) and 3.5 percent with the second vaccination full vaccination protection (federal average 3.0 percent).

Expansion of the vaccination project by general practitioners

Since March 1, 2021, the state government, together with the Association of General Practitioners and the Rhineland-Palatinate Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, has been testing the vaccination of patients aged 80 and over who are immobile for health reasons and cannot visit a vaccination center and are therefore advised by their family doctor or vaccinated by their GP at home.

So far, 44 patients aged 80 and over have been vaccinated with the BioNtech vaccine through four pilot practices in the country. The vaccination of further home visit patients by these practices will follow this week and next.

Bätzing-Lichtenthäler made it clear: “The pilot project shows that vaccination at home by the resident doctors works well. The pilot doctors report that everything went smoothly and that the patients and their relatives are very relieved and happy about the offer .

All doctors based in Rhineland-Palatinate who would like to vaccinate their home visit patients who are immobile for health reasons at home will be able to register on the vaccination documentation website from Thursday, March 11, 2021.

State Secretary for Health and Vaccination Coordinator Dr. Alexander Wilhelm described the further procedure. "Rhineland-Palatinate is already implementing the STIKO's recommendation from last week to use the Astrazeneca vaccine without an upper age limit," said the State Secretary. In this way, the group of over 70-year-olds in priority group 2 could be opened.

For registrations, he called for the hotline to be used in the afternoons and evenings in addition to the website

Almost 60,000 vaccinations in vaccination centers

Almost 60,000 vaccinations are planned in the vaccination centers this week, 58,000 of which are primary vaccinations alone. In addition, the mobile vaccination teams vaccinate in the second round in the old people's and nursing homes and in the integration assistance. 10,000 vaccine doses will be delivered to hospitals this week.

52,000 vaccinations are currently scheduled for the coming week, 40,000 of which are first vaccinations and 12,000 are second vaccinations. There are also 12,000 Moderna first vaccinations.

“The vaccinations in the vaccination centers are being expanded. With the vaccine deliveries that have been promised in the coming weeks, we can significantly increase the number of vaccinations, ”said Dr. Wilhelm.