The federal government's plan: a doctor should vaccinate 96 times a day

People in a corona
People in a corona
If a vaccine against the coronavirus is on the market, a doctor should be able to vaccinate up to 96 people in a day.

For each patient, the procedure from arrival at the vaccination site to completion should not take longer than 15 minutes. This emerges from the "Recommendations for the organization and implementation of vaccinations against Sars-Cov-2", which the newspapers of the "Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland" report in their Tuesday editions.

"The information can only be provided by medical staff - in contrast to the vaccination itself, which can be delegated to trained medical assistant staff," says the text. The 24-page paper contains a detailed overview of how vaccinations should run nationwide. It is divided into three phases. In the first two phases (phase 1A and 1B), when the vaccine is still limited and there are likely to be high demands on storage such as cooling at minus 60 degrees, vaccination centers should take over the work.

Initially, the vaccine will only be available in multi-dose containers. For medical practices that take over the vaccinations in the third phase, individual doses should be available later, which no longer have to be stored at such low temperatures. “In the medium term,” the paper says, several vaccines would be available in the EU. A total of seven are listed, including that of the German developer Biontech and the US pharmaceutical company Moderna, which announced that its vaccine was 94 percent effective this Monday.

From a logistical point of view, setting up the vaccination centers will be a major feat for the federal, state and local governments. The paper provides for a long list of institutions that are supposed to help with staff and organization. These include: the public health service, resident doctors and their organizations, clinics, the armed forces and aid organizations such as the DRK and THW. According to the plans of the federal government, large halls as well as churches, tents and containers can be used to accommodate the centers.