Five to eleven year olds should be vaccinated primarily through doctors’ offices.
The children’s vaccinations with a corona vaccine for five to eleven year olds should start this week in Germany. The Ministry of Health has announced the start of delivery of Biontech / Pfizer’s children’s vaccine. In addition to pediatrician practices, child vaccinations are also planned in some vaccination centers. In some places special vaccination campaigns are also planned – in Berlin for example in the zoo or in the natural history museum, in Lower Saxony in the football stadium of Hannover 96 and in the zoo.
According to the Ministry of Health on Sunday, over 2.2 million doses of the children’s vaccine will be distributed to pharmaceutical wholesalers. In addition, there are also country contingents that are made available. Doctors’ offices order the vaccines through pharmacies. According to the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, which appealed to the ministry, the practices have requested around 800,000 doses this week. These would be completely delivered from Monday to Wednesday at the latest. However, different conditions apply depending on the federal state.
Recommendation of the Standing Vaccination Commission
The Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) had recommended vaccination of children aged five to eleven who have risk factors for a severe course of Covid-19 or relatives at high risk. In addition, parents can also have their healthy children vaccinated after they have been informed individually. The paper published on Thursday is not yet a final decision, as usual there is still a coordination process with specialist societies and countries.
Education Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger (FDP) sees child vaccinations as an important contribution to ensuring classroom teaching, as she told the newspapers of the Funke media group (Monday). In a dpa interview, the general secretary of the Federal Schoolchildren’s Conference, Katharina Swinka, calls for mobile vaccination teams in schools and better education about the vaccination.
The chairwoman of the board of the Federal Association of Doctors of the Public Health Service (BVÖGD), Ute Teichert, believes that child vaccinations against the coronavirus at schools and daycare centers are right in the long term, for example when booster vaccinations are due. Currently, the path via pediatrician practices and separate vaccination routes in the vaccination centers is the right one, said the chief medical officer of the “Rheinische Post”. The president of the professional association of paediatricians, Thomas Fischbach, assumes that the majority of his colleagues will participate in vaccinating the children. “The preparations have largely been completed because the Stiko recommendation was expected,” said Fischbach of the “Rheinische Post”.
For five to eleven year olds, a lower-dose and differently bottled preparation is used compared to the conventional Biontech / Pfizer vaccine. According to Stiko, two doses of the mRNA vaccine should be given at intervals of three to six weeks. There is still no approved vaccine for younger children.