From April, resident doctors are also supposed to carry out corona vaccinations in their practices. The move is intended to significantly accelerate the vaccination program in Germany. Because while there is currently a shortage of vaccines, significantly more vaccines will soon be available. If the vaccination centers were then solely responsible, they would at some point no longer be able to keep up.
When do doctors’ practices start vaccinating?
After the deliberations of the federal and state health ministers, participants said on Wednesday evening that family doctors – as an important addition to the vaccination centers – should be gradually included in the vaccination, depending on how much vaccine is available. But the doctor’s offices should start in mid-April at the latest.
When do I get a vaccination appointment?
Those who have not already been vaccinated because of their age or occupation or who already have an appointment will unfortunately not receive an answer to this question. At best, it is possible to roughly estimate when it might be your turn – depending on whether someone belongs to the second or third group with a higher vaccination priority or to the large group that was last allowed to register their claim.
According to the vaccination ordinance, the group with the second highest priority includes people between the ages of 70 and 79 as well as those with certain previous illnesses that greatly increase the risk of getting seriously ill in the event of a corona infection. These include cancer, dementia, severe lung diseases and chronic kidney disease. People with trisomy 21 or a transplanted organ are also in this second group. Because of their job, police officers and daycare staff have the second highest priority.
But how quickly the individual groups will be vaccinated so that the next can make an appointment if they want – unclear. Whether the groupings will change again – also unclear. There have already been a few changes, such as the higher prioritization of teachers and daycare staff.
According to calculations by the Central Institute for Statutory Health Insurance, it is conceivable that all adults who want to be vaccinated against Corona will also be vaccinated by mid-August.
Should I call my family doctor now if I want to be vaccinated?
The impulse may be there: If the general practitioners are going to vaccinate soon, it is best to call now and ask whether it is your turn. In the vast majority of cases, this is currently not a good idea.
“We don’t know anything ourselves,” says Marc Hanefeld, who has a practice in Bremervörde. “We do not know when to start, how much vaccine we will get, which vaccine we will get, what the prioritization looks like, what we bill, how we document.” The patients’ questions cannot be answered accordingly.
It is also clear: In the practices, too, people are first vaccinated for whom a corona infection is a higher risk or who, due to their job, are more at risk of being infected and passing on the virus. So if you are thinking of asking the doctor’s office in the next few days, you can go through in advance whether he or she has a higher priority for the vaccination – and if not, really wait a little longer. Because despite all the uncertainties in the planning, one thing is clear: The healthy mid-twenties and also the 58-year-old without previous illnesses will have to wait.