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New vaccination campaign against Covid: vaccinations in family centers

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Berlin's mayor Franziska Giffey has announced a new vaccination campaign to fight the Coronavirus.

Source: dpa/
Further information: Coronavirus vaccination
Publication date: January 04, 2022
Last updated: January 04, 2022

"We have to come up with something to reach those we haven't reached so far," the SPD politician said on Tuesday (Jan. 04, 2022). Therefore, Giffey stated, the Senate has agreed to offer vaccinations for entire families in the 49 family centers in the city.

More offerings in socially sensitive areas

In addition, more "outreach offerings" are planned in socially sensitive and deprived areas and immigrant communities, where people often still hold reservations about Coronavirus vaccinations. In these communities, Giffey stated, the "standard information channels" achieve little. The Senate would therefore also cooperate with multipliers, such as religious communities. Giffey stated that talks on the matter with various agencies were planned in the coming days.

Special vaccination offers planned for critical infrastructure workers

According to Giffey, specific vaccination routes for employees of the so-called critical infrastructure, such as employees of the police, rescue services, fire department or water companies, are also planned. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), 71.8 percent of Berliners are currently vaccinated twice or have received the single vaccination from Johnson & Johnson. 75.3 percent have been vaccinated at least once. 38.9 percent have also received a third booster vaccination.

Booster campaign and childhood vaccinations going well: focus on more first-time vaccinations

Immune protection against the new Omicron variant decreases sharply over time without a booster vaccination. The booster campaign and the childhood vaccination campaign are going well, Giffey stated, but first-time vaccinations are not progressing as they should: "We're currently treading water a bit there." The goal for the end of January is a vaccination rate of 80 percent, she said. To reach that goal, there is still work to be done. "We have to think of ways to get higher numbers and to reach more people."

Author: dpa/
Publication date: 13 June 2024
Last updated: 5 January 2022

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