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By the end of calendar week 19 am May 16, 2021 were over 46.5 million doses of vaccine Delivered to the federal states by BioNTech / Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. Further planned deliveries can be found in the manufacturers' delivery lists that the BMG has sent to the federal states.

When does the prioritization fall?

It has always been clear that once a license has been granted, there cannot be enough vaccine for everyone immediately. The vaccine was initially scarce all over the world. The reasons for this are the high demand and limited production capacities, not the total order quantity. That is why it was and is necessary to prioritize at the beginning. Presumably in June the prioritization can be lifted in Germany so that anyone who wants can make an appointment for the vaccination.

Who will be vaccinated first?

The sequence of vaccinations is specified in a statutory ordinance of the Federal Ministry of Health, which is essentially based on the vaccination recommendation of the Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO) at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and which has its legal basis in Book 5 of the Social Security Code.

Prioritization is still necessary because initially there is not enough vaccine available to vaccinate all people who want it.

  • Over 80 year olds
  • People who are treated, cared for or cared for in inpatient or semi-inpatient facilities as well as in outpatient care groups for the treatment, care or care of older people or people in need of care
  • People who regularly vaccinate against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus
  • Nursing staff in outpatient care services as well as people who assess and examine in the context of outpatient care
  • People who work in areas of medical facilities with a very high risk of exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, in particular in intensive care units, in emergency rooms, in emergency services, in specialized outpatient palliative care, in vaccination centers and in areas where aerosol-generating activities relevant to an infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus are carried out (such as bronchoscopy)
  • People who regularly treat, look after or care for people in medical facilities who are at a very high risk of severe or fatal disease after an infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus - especially in oncology or transplant medicine or as part of treatment severely immunocompromised patients
  • Over 70 year olds
  • People with trisomy 21 or thalidomide damage
  • People after an organ transplant
  • People with dementia or with an intellectual disability or with severe psychiatric illness (bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, severe depression)
  • People with cancer requiring treatment
  • People with severe chronic lung diseases (e.g. interstitial lung disease, COPD, cystic fibrosis), muscular dystrophies or comparable neuromuscular diseases, diabetes mellitus with complications, liver cirrhosis or another chronic liver disease, chronic kidney disease or obesity (with a BMI over 40)
  • People who, according to an individual medical assessment, have a very high or high risk of a serious or fatal course of the disease after an infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus due to special circumstances
  • Up to two close contacts of people in need of care who do not live in an institution, who are over 70 years old, who have had an organ transplant or who have one of the aforementioned diseases or disabilities
  • Up to two close contact persons for pregnant women
  • People who work in inpatient or semi-inpatient facilities for mentally or mentally handicapped people or who regularly treat, care for or care for mentally or mentally handicapped people as part of outpatient care services
  • People who work in areas of medical facilities or in the context of the exercise of a medical profession with a high or increased risk of exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, in particular doctors and staff with regular patient contact, staff from the blood and plasma donation services and in SARS-CoV-2 test centers
  • Police and emergency services who are exposed to a high risk of infection while on duty, for example during demonstrations. It also includes soldiers who are exposed to a high risk of infection when deployed abroad
  • People who work in missions abroad of the Federal Republic of Germany or for the German Archaeological Institute at locations with inadequate health care and are consequently exposed to a high risk of infection
  • People who work abroad for German political foundations or organizations and institutions based in the Federal Republic of Germany in the areas of crisis prevention, stabilization, post-conflict rehabilitation, development cooperation or foreign cultural and educational policy or as German citizens in international organizations in places with inadequate health care as a result are exposed to a high risk of infection
  • People who work in childcare facilities, day care, elementary schools, special schools or special schools
  • People in the public health service and in particularly relevant positions in maintaining the hospital infrastructure
  • Persons who are accommodated or employed in particular in refugee and homeless facilities or in other facilities for the homeless or in women's shelters
  • People who regularly work with older people or people in need of care within the framework of the offers for support in everyday life recognized under state law within the meaning of Section 45a of the Eleventh Book of the Social Code
  • Over 60 year olds
  • People with the following diseases in particular: cancer diseases in remission without treatment, immunodeficiency or HIV infection, autoimmune diseases, rheumatological diseases, heart failure, arrhythmia, stroke, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes mellitus without complications, obesity (BMI over 30)
  • People who, according to an individual medical assessment, have an increased risk of a serious or fatal course of the disease after an infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus due to special circumstances
  • Up to two close contact persons of people in need of care who do not live in an institution, who are over 60 years old and have one of the aforementioned diseases
  • Persons who are members of constitutional organs or in particularly relevant positions in the constitutional organs, in governments and administrations, in the armed forces, in the police, in customs, in the fire service, in disaster control including the technical relief organization, in the judiciary and the administration of justice, work abroad for German diplomatic missions, for German political foundations or organizations and institutions based in the Federal Republic of Germany in the areas of crisis prevention, stabilization, post-conflict rehabilitation, development cooperation or foreign cultural and educational policy or as a German citizen in international organizations
  • Election workers
  • People who work in particularly relevant positions in institutions and companies of critical infrastructure, in particular in pharmacy, pharmaceutical industry, funeral services, food industry, water and energy supply, sewage disposal and waste management, transport and traffic as well as in information technology and telecommunications
  • Employees who work in areas of medical facilities with a low risk of exposure to the coronavirus, especially in laboratories and staff who do not care for patients
  • People who work in the food retail sector
  • People who work in institutions and services of child and youth welfare and in schools that are not primary, special or special schools, other people who have a significantly increased risk of infection with the SARS coronavirus due to their working or living conditions -CoV-2 exists

How many people have already been vaccinated?

The RKI publishes current figures on vaccinations carried out every day.

> Link to the vaccination rates

When can anyone who wants to get vaccinated?

According to the current state of knowledge, anyone in Germany can be offered a vaccination in the summer.

Are deviations from the prioritization possible?

The planning and implementation of vaccinations is the responsibility of the federal states. Within the priority groups, certain beneficiaries can be given priority on the basis of the infectious findings available, the current STIKO recommendation and the epidemiological situation on site. In particular, people can be vaccinated in the order in which they were born.

In addition, the order of the given prioritization can be deviated from in individual cases if this is necessary for an efficient organization of the protective vaccinations and for the short-term avoidance of the discarding of vaccines.

Can contact persons also be vaccinated as a priority?

Yes, up to two close contacts can be named and vaccinated by a person in need of care who is not in a facility. Another prerequisite is that the person in need of care is over 70 years old or has had an organ transplant or has one of the diseases or disabilities listed in Section 3 (1) number 2 CoronaImpfV.

In addition, up to two close contact persons from a person in need of care who is not in a facility of the third priority level can be considered. In this case, the person in need of care must either be over 60 years old or have one of the diseases listed in Section 4 (1) number 2 CoronaImpfV.

Pregnant women also have the option of appointing up to two close contact persons who can then be vaccinated.

The contact persons are determined by the person or the pregnant woman or by a person representing them.

What happens if the vaccination regulations are violated?

The federal states are responsible for organizing and carrying out vaccinations against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Accordingly, they are also responsible for checking whether the prioritization specifications are adhered to.

Who is vaccinated with which vaccine?

Four vaccines are approved in Germany. The two mRNA vaccines from BioNTech and Moderna are recommended for all persons willing to vaccinate. The vaccines from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson should, according to the recommendation of the Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO