Berlin medical officer calls for the spades for everyone – suspend second vaccinations for the time being

“Before the AstraZenica vaccine rots in the refrigerator, it should now be quickly brought to the people – and that at 24-7 pace!”

Berlin – The Astrazeneca vaccine has been released to everyone in the capital since Thursday. The Senate has canceled the prioritization. For medical officer Dr. Nicolai Savaskan (47) from Berlin-Neukölln, the decision is logical.

There have always been debates about the vaccine. In rare cases there have been people who have been vaccinated with blood clots (thrombosis). Savaskan: “The communicative fiasco with this basically good vaccine is more than annoying, especially since we have a federal authority for health education (BZgA).”

They prefer to deal with itching in the crotch, says the doctor, referring to a current poster campaign by the BZgA. “In a pandemic with contact restrictions, where we don’t even shake hands, you really can’t be further off than advertising German cities about sexually transmitted diseases.”

Savaskan calls for a national pandemic council in which the BZgA is represented together with the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI), the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArm) and the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Aid (BBK) are. They could coordinate and contribute their expertise. “Then a lot would be more rounded and from a single source and also easier to design for the political decision-makers,” says Savaskan.

In view of the high incidence values ​​and the increasing number of intensive care patients, Savaskan calls for a vaccination turbo.

Heatmap: 7-day incidences in Berlin - infographic

“We should forego the second vaccination in favor of a first vaccination protection for the masses,” he says. The study situation is very clear. “She says that after the first vaccination you won’t experience any more severe courses.”

In addition to maximum testing, this is important as a protective shield in order to protect the intensive capacities. With the prospect of getting enough vaccine in the third quarter, one must now react pragmatically to the situation.


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