Cologne: Start in clinics – This is how the corona vaccinations continue


The vaccinations of the staff in the Cologne hospitals began on Monday. 571 intensive care physicians, nurses, nurses and paramedics had already been vaccinated by Friday last week because they benefited from leftover vaccination doses: Since the beginning of January, six doses instead of the five previously permitted can be drawn from the ampoules made by Biontech – “in some cases we even win seven cans. We are still coordinating the procedure for this with the state, ”says Johannes Nießen, head of the Cologne health department. The bottom line is that the additional vaccinations lead to slower spread of the virus, faster immunization – and lower death rates. But what happens after the vaccinations in the clinics? And when does the vaccination center open? An overview.

How did the vaccination start in the Cologne clinics?

The vaccination of the therapeutic and nursing staff in the high-risk areas, in which Covid-19 patients are regularly treated, started punctually in the morning at 8:30 a.m. in the ward building of the university clinic. The medical director Edgar Schömig announced on Monday afternoon. The goal on the first day: to vaccinate more than 250 employees with the vaccine from Moderna by the evening.

The clinics of the city of Cologne were also supplied with the first 200 vaccine doses from Biontech / Pfizer on Monday. “Just one hour after the vaccine had been properly processed, the first 100 or so employees from critical areas such as the emergency rooms and intensive care units were vaccinated,” said a spokeswoman. “The willingness of our employees to have the vaccination surprised us positively, the registration forum was partially overloaded,” said Horst Kierdorf, Clinical Director of the Cologne Clinics. With a total of 4500 employees, a willingness to vaccinate is expected to be a good 75 percent.

How is the vaccination situation in the homes in Cologne?

The second round of vaccinations started on Monday at Sozial-Betriebe, the largest provider of nursing homes in Cologne. “All those who had been vaccinated for the first time tolerated the vaccination very well, there were almost no side effects, except for some with a slightly sore arm around the injection site,” says Managing Director Gabriele Patzke.

“The more than 1300 residents will continue to be tested weekly – so far we have not had a single positive corona test with the vaccinated.” Week, the vaccination rate for Cologne residents who live in nursing homes was around 70 percent.

How could that affect the death toll?

“The vaccinations in the homes will lead to a sharp drop in the number of deaths from the virus in the coming weeks,” says Jürgen Zastrow, head of the Cologne Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KV). More than 50 percent of the Covid-19 deaths in the city were infected in old people’s and care facilities. “Of course, people living in homes are generally worse off, who already have a certain degree of care and are more susceptible to the coronavirus,” says Johannes Nießen.

“The more and the faster we vaccinate, the better we will get out of the pandemic,” the health department head added. This will certainly make itself felt in the old people’s homes in the coming months, “when there are no longer so many deaths related to Covid-19”. Those in charge of the homes are also optimistic that the number of vaccine skeptics is falling.

Almost 90 percent of the residents of the social enterprises have been vaccinated – some are not allowed to receive a vaccination for health reasons, only a few have not received the consent of their legal guardians. The vaccination rate for nurses is currently 66 percent. “We are now gradually getting feedback that other employees would like to be vaccinated after they have seen that they all tolerated the first vaccination very well,” said Patzke.

When does the vaccination center begin?

The vaccination center in Hall 4 of the fair opens on February 1st. Initially, only people who are over 80 years old are vaccinated there. By January 25, the 65,000 people in Cologne who belong to this age group will receive mail from the city to be informed about their vaccination appointments. “Between February 1 and March 30, we want to offer vaccinations to all people in the particularly vulnerable age group,” says Nießen. The hospital staff, paramedics and outpatient nursing services should also be vaccinated by the end of March.

How do I get an appointment for the vaccination?

As of January 25, people over 80 years of age who have received the information letter from the city and NRW Health Minister Karl-Josef Laumann can arrange their vaccination appointments online or via the free telephone number (0800) 116 117 01 – everyone The vaccinee receives two appointments, as a second injection is required after about 28 days for the vaccine to be as effective as possible.

The North Rhine Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians is responsible for making appointments. An appointment is confirmed in writing. The letter also contains a QR code that must be shown when registering at the vaccination center.

What do I have to bring to the vaccination in addition to the QR code?

An identification document, a vaccination card and a signed declaration of consent. The latter is sent to the person being vaccinated in advance by post or email – but it can also be signed at the vaccination center.

Does the corona vaccination cost anything?

No, it’s free and voluntary. Mayor Henriette Reker, who visited the hospital in Merheim on Monday to start the vaccination there, continues to appeal to the people of Cologne: “With a little prick, we have the opportunity to overcome the pandemic. Everyone who gets vaccinated makes an important contribution. “

How is vaccination changing the situation in Cologne?

“The vaccinations will soon ensure a significant reduction in new infections and thus contribute to the relaxation of serious illnesses with fatal consequences,” says Horst Kierdorf. “At Easter we will have vaccinated the most vulnerable groups, by the time we have offered everyone a vaccination, it will be summer,” says Johannes Nießen. “Currently the city of Cologne receives 4,000 vaccination doses per week, but we could vaccinate 5,000 per day. We are in positive impatience. “

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas’ proposal to give vaccinated people special rights – for example, to open museums or restaurants to people with proof of vaccination – is an “option that society can discuss. However, I am concerned that this will lead to distribution struggles ”. At the moment “the light at the end of the tunnel is getting a little bigger. But there is still a long way to go ”.


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