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BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach campaigns for a second booster on the broader front during the summer Corona wave
– not only for the elderly from 60 or 70 years. Do you want summer?
without the risk of falling ill, he would also recommend it to younger people – “of course in consultation with the family doctor,” an SPD politician told “Spiegel”. This met with mixed response from experts. Lauterbach also called for the masks to be worn indoors again and stressed: “We will have a very difficult fall.” The government is preparing comprehensive measures to this end.
Lauterbach explained that with the second “booster” vaccination you have “a completely different level of safety”. Significantly reduces the risk of infection for several months. The risk of developing Long Covid is also much lower, he said in an interview with Spiegel (Thursday night) due to a long-lasting handicap.
The minister noted that he had long advised the fourth vaccination from the age of 60, “because then mortality can be significantly reduced”. Specialized EU bodies have also recently spoken out in favor of continuing to refresh knowledge at the age of 60. The Standing Committee on Immunization (Stiko) has so far only recommended a second booster dose to people over 70 and some other risk groups.
Stiko boss Thomas Mertens opposed four vaccines for younger people. Does not know of any data that would justify such advice, said “Welt am Sonntag” and added: “I think it is wrong to give a medical recommendation under the slogan” Helps a lot “. Criticism also came from the co-ruling FDP. Secretary General of Bijan Djir-Sarai tells the portal “t-online“:” In my opinion, Mr. Lauterbach would do well without warning Stiko about vaccination recommendations. “
The National Association of Health Insurance Doctors was also critical. “When it comes to vaccination recommendations, we are clearly led by the Standing Committee on Vaccination,” said Vice President Stephan Hofmeister, “Everyone should stick to it and not push it unnecessarily.”
The German Patient Protection Foundation found it unhelpful that the minister expected Stiko’s recommendation. In principle, personal medical advice should be sought before further vaccinations, said Eugen Brysch, board member. It’s not just age that matters. “Rather, it is important to consider prior illnesses, individual risks and immune status.”
Lauterbach said vaccination decisions are always the decision of the doctor and those affected. Stiko “recommends only generally.” He also advised people in their 60s not to wait again for vaccines adapted to newer variants of viruses. According to the ministry, the first preparations are expected in early September and the second in late September / early October. According to the RKI, nearly 6.2 million people, or 7.5 percent of the population, now have a second boost with a fourth injection, which is usually necessary. In the case of people over 60, this number is 21.3%.
Bavarian Health Minister Klaus Holetschek (CSU) said: “It is important to promote booster vaccinations.” Lauterbach’s new initiative can certainly contribute to this. However, he should make sure “that the way he communicates does not upset people and does not upset the medical profession.” World Medical Association president Frank Ulrich Montgomery told the press of the Funke media group: “The Minister of Health is right – we should take every opportunity to improve the immune status of the population.” But you should not forget about primary vaccination. “Almost a quarter of our population is still unvaccinated.”
Lauterbach said that due to the persistently high infection rate, he advises everyone to wear the mask indoors, especially when ventilation is poor. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported a seven-day incidence on Friday at 719.2 – 720.4 new infections reported per 100,000 inhabitants seven days earlier and 699.5 weeks ago. However, the incidence does not give the full picture – mainly because not all infected people perform PCR tests, which are included in the statistics. Lauterbach explained that, given the number of unreported cases, the actual seven-day incidence should be between 1,400 and 1,500. That’s a large number of cases. “Infestation would be something else entirely.”
SPD faction leader Rolf Mützenich is speeding up preparations until after the summer. “It is important that we legally prepare for the situation in the fall with the new infection protection legislation,” he told a German news agency. Länder and municipalities should be able to take legally safe protective measures. “Hope we can still make it.” He noted that in the most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia, half of the summer holidays had already passed. Corona regulations in the Infection Protection Act, which were significantly lowered this spring, expire on September 23. Government advises on follow-up regulation.
The RKI generally sees a sustained high pressure on infections across all age groups, as stated in its weekly report on Thursday night. The seven-day incidence of reported cases has remained largely unchanged compared to the previous reporting week – “a plateau is emerging,” the institute wrote. However, even if the number of cases remains the same, a further increase in serious illness, hospitalization, and death can be expected. / Sam / lkl / ags / xil / bw / DP / men
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