DAX corporations such as Volkswagen and BASF are pioneers, but many medium-sized and smaller companies across Germany are also starting model and pilot projects for company vaccinations. The vaccination project at the Ludwigshafen site, which was started in mid-April by the chemical company BASF, has started with impressive figures: By April 30, around 5.500 BASF employees had received an initial vaccination, as a spokeswoman for the company told the FAZ.
Up to 600 employees could be vaccinated per day, the spokeswoman said. In the further course, BASF wants to increase to 1.200 a day when the necessary second vaccinations are due. As part of a Hessian model project, the health companies Sanofi, Merck and B. Braun also started vaccinating their employees on Monday. The B. Braun company from Melsungen has received 2.300 cans from the Mainz-based manufacturer Biontech and can vaccinate up to 290 employees per day. Around 2.500 cans of the substance from Biontech and Pfizer are available for Sanofi in the model project of the Hessian state government. This is intended to initially supply a large number of those 4.000 employees who cannot work at home, i.e. who work in production or in research and development, for example. "These people were exposed to particularly difficult working conditions and risks for a year now," said Matthias Braun, a member of the management of Sanofi in Höchst. According to the manager, surveys show a vaccination readiness of 84 percent in the company. The car manufacturer Volkswagen was the first company to vaccinate hundreds of employees in Saxony about a month ago after the incidences there had skyrocketed. The willingness to vaccinate is also high among the Daimler workforce. According to its own information, the car manufacturer has set up vaccination centers and vaccination lanes at all German locations. As soon as the vaccine is available for company immunizations in the respective federal states, 70 company doctors and 200 medical assistants will begin to administer the doses, ideally every five minutes. To make the start as smooth as possible, Daimler has set up an online portal through which employees who want to be vaccinated can register. According to the FAZ report, the interest of the employees is great: within the first four days after the activation of an internal portal, half of the employees registered for a vaccination. The state development bank KfW wants to vaccinate its employees from May 7th. Since she initially only receives a limited number of Moderna vaccination doses, she is initially making an offer to 2.500 of her total of 7.600 employees at the headquarters in Frankfurt, as a spokesman for the FAZ said.
KfW employees who are directly involved with the Corona aid loans for the German economy have priority, writes the FAZ.