There is not much going on in front of the vaccination center in Haar on Wasserburger Straße. In the meantime, the vehicles on the B 304 are even allowed to rush past the former barracks in the community at a speed of 60 as usual – because of the once so large rush in the vaccination and test center, one lane in the direction of the Ebersberg district was used as a parking zone for months and reduced the speed to 30 kilometers per hour in both lanes to protect those who would like to be vaccinated when crossing the federal highway. The head of the center, Alexander Brandstaeter, is reluctant to say whether there will be a new rush to the Haar vaccination center in the coming weeks when the adapted Omicron vaccine is finally delivered. In any case, emphasizes the head of the Malteser medical center for the Munich district , his employees are up in the air, “once again,” as Brandstaeter says.
It has now been decided that the two adapted vaccines will come from Biontech and Pfizer as well as from Moderna. Last week, the European Medicines Agency gave Ema the green light and approved the vaccines, which are also intended to offer special protection against the Omicron subline BA.1. Ema recommends the vaccines for patients over the age of twelve. Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach (SPD) spoke of a “quantum leap” in fighting the pandemic, now vaccination gaps could be closed at the right time, according to the Social Democrat. On Friday, the EU Commission followed the Ema decision and also gave its approval for the use of the vaccine, so that it can be administered throughout the EU.
But when will the vaccines also arrive in the Munich district – and to whom can and may they be administered? “There is still some ambiguity. There is no clear Stiko recommendation yet,” says Alexander Brandstaeter from the Maltese. Accordingly, it cannot be estimated how many people will accept the new offer at all. “But we are prepared for everything in the vaccination center in Haar and have the capacity if the need should increase,” Brandstaeter clarifies.
Up to 2000 vaccinations a day are possible
In all three vaccination centers in the district of Munich – Haar, Unterschleißheim and Oberhaching – taken together, the current capacities are currently around 1000 vaccinations a day. The Munich district office informed on request that these could be doubled “within a very short time”. In addition, the opening times in the vaccination centers have also been adjusted again: The locations in Haar and Unterschleißheim are now open from Monday to Sunday – including public holidays – from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., the vaccination center in Oberhaching operated by the Johanniter will follow suit on September 11th. However, the vaccination centers are still a long way from the record capacities at the peak of the vaccination campaign, at that time up to 3000 stitches could be placed a day.
The district office assumes that the new vaccines can be ordered from this Monday, September 5th. The vaccination centers would do this on their own, but in close coordination with the authorities. “If everything goes according to plan, delivery should also take place in the same week,” says the district office. However, no further information is available on this.
The authority itself hopes “that we can encourage many people to vaccinate again in the fall”. In addition to constant information about all current developments and the work in the vaccination centers, the resident doctors should also help. The district office assumes that after the end of the summer holidays and company holidays in the practices, doctors will also be more involved in the corona vaccinations again. “From our point of view, the involvement of resident doctors is an important aspect in order to encourage as many people as possible to take (refresher) vaccinations.” After all, general practitioners usually know their own patients very well and have a clear picture of their state of health; and the relationship of trust between doctor and patient also plays an important role.
And family doctors have also made an important contribution so far. Although the exact vaccination rate for the district of Munich cannot be determined because the addresses of those vaccinated are not recorded, the bare numbers are impressive: To date, well over 800,000 vaccinations have been administered in the district, including more than 240,000 booster vaccinations. And even more than 33,000 second boosters have been placed so far.