Dortmund / Gelsenkirchen / Krefeld Almost half of the population in North Rhine-Westphalia is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. Before the start of the season, some sports clubs vaccinate fans and other interested parties. In Dortmund, a photo with the DFB-Pokal beckons after the injection.
A mobile vaccination bus on Schalke, a vaccination in the Krefeld Pinguine office or a walk through the stadium in Signal Iduna Park after the injection in Dortmund – some of the big clubs in North Rhine-Westphalia attract their fans to vaccinate. Some actions are planned in the coming days. In this way, the associations support the country’s vaccination campaign.
According to figures from the RKI and the Ministry of Health on Wednesday, 49.8 percent of the residents of North Rhine-Westphalia are fully vaccinated. That corresponds to around 8.9 million people. 11.4 million people (63.5 percent) have received at least one vaccination. However, the federal and state health ministers assume that the availability of vaccines will soon exceed demand.
The further course of the vaccination campaign – and thus also the further development of the pandemic – also depends on the question of whether spectators are still allowed to attend sporting events. Currently, the requirements in North Rhine-Westphalia allow up to 25,000 fans with a maximum utilization of the spatial capacity of 50 percent, depending on the local incidence. Only those who have been shown to have tested negative, have been fully vaccinated or have recovered are allowed into the stadium or hall.
The BVB would therefore like to set a special vaccination incentive. “We all long to meet our family, friends or just other BVB fans again on Saturday afternoons, to run to Signal Iduna Park with them and to support our team from the stands,” the club wrote in an announcement his website. To support this, the Dortmund stadium will be transformed into a vaccination center from July 22nd to 31st. To this end, the association cooperates with the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians Westphalia-Lippe and the city of Dortmund.
Appointments can be booked between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. In the announcement of the campaign, the club lures with a “reward” after the injection: “As a special highlight you can take a walk in the stadium after the little spades and round off your vaccination appointment with a photo with the DFB Cup. Free of charge, of course. “
Not only fans of Borussia Dortmund should make an appointment for the vaccination, but everyone interested, according to the club. When registering, those wishing to vaccinate can choose between Biontech and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The second appointment of the Biontech vaccination will be carried out in the vaccination center in Dortmund.
“Every vaccinated person brings us all a little closer to normal,” warns Peter Knäbel, Director of Sport and Communication at FC Schlake 04. That is why the association cooperates with the mobile vaccination bus of the city of Gelsenkirchen. With the bus, the city is pursuing the goal of creating low-threshold access to corona vaccination, as the association writes in a press release.
The bus will stop on Friday, July 23rd, on the arena ring of the Veltins-Arena. Stadium visitors to the first Schalke home game in the new season will then have the opportunity to be vaccinated there. The bus will be on site from 6 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. and should be in front of stairwell 9. “We hope that many Schalke people who have not yet been vaccinated and encourage everyone to take this important step out of the pandemic,” said Knäbel.
Schalke is vaccinated with Biontech. It is not necessary to register in advance, but those wishing to be vaccinated must bring their identity card with them, as the association says. Only initial vaccinations are carried out on the bus, the second vaccination takes place after four to six weeks in the Gelsenkirchen vaccination center.
In Krefeld the penguins set up a vaccination campaign. On July 24th and 31st, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., vaccinations will take place in the office of the ice hockey club in the Yayla Arena. The aim of the campaign is “to make the return to the stadium as pleasant as possible for the fans,” said René Navrkal, Head of Ticketing at the Penguins. He emphasizes: “We not only vaccinate fans of the penguins, but everyone who would like to have health insurance with us.”
Anyone who would like to use the offer can register by email with their contact details and the subject “vaccination appointment” to [email protected] You must bring your health insurance card with you to the appointment. The vaccine from Biontech is used for vaccination; even young people from the age of 12 can be vaccinated in Krefeld, accompanied by a legal representative. “By the way, the date for the second vaccination is set so that everyone is vaccinated before the first home game against DEG,” promises Navrkal.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen also calls for vaccinations. Anyone interested can come to the BayArena on Thursday between 3:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Pre-registration is not necessary. The active ingredient is inoculated by Biontech. VfL Bochum is also planning a vaccination campaign for fans. The club intends to announce details in the coming days. And SC Paderborn is in contact with the health department and has offered to use its range to support the vaccination campaign, as a club spokesman announced.