Senate relies on booster vaccinations for protection of critical infrastructure
To protect the critical infrastructure in the Corona crisis, the Berlin Senate is primarily relying on rapid and extensive booster vaccinations for the workers there.
Franziska Giffey, Governing Mayor of Berlin
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Date of publication: December 28, 2021
Last updated: December 28, 2021
"The top priority now is to achieve coverage of booster vaccinations throughout the critical infrastructure," said Berlin's Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD) on Wednesday (29 December 2021) during a visit to the vaccination centre at the ICC Congress Centre. Health care, rescue services or police - such services must be maintained at all costs.
Berlin prepared for up to 30 percent sick leave in critical infrastructures
Berlin can cope with a sickness rate of up to 30 per cent in such professions, Giffey emphasised. Should it go beyond that, there would also need to be consideration of shortening quarantine periods for critical infrastructure workers accordingly. This was also discussed in a meeting of the crisis team of the Senate Department for Health, which she attended on (this) Wednesday, Giffey said. The Robert Koch Institute would have to adapt the quarantine rules. The Senate would then quickly adopt corresponding changes.
First-time vaccination rate of 80 per cent targeted for January
Berlin is aiming for an 80 per cent rate of first-time vaccinations by the end of January. According to the Senate's current situation report, the rate is currently just under 75 per cent. Berlin's new health senator Ulrike Gote (Greens) also took part in the visit to the vaccination station at the ICC. She defended the work of the districts, which often did not send up-to-date infection figures to the Senate during the holidays. Also for the time around the turn of the year, the senate assumes a "lower testing and reporting activity". The current case numbers "therefore have limited significance".