Mainfranken: Half a year corona vaccinations – this is the …

A spades back to normal. That was the hope when the corona vaccinations started here in Mainfranken six months ago. This is the current status.

Who has been vaccinated so far?

In the city and district of Würzburg (as of June 23) 142,100 people received the first corona vaccination in the center, at the doctor or in a clinic. That is 47.8 percent of the population. 100,700 Würzburgers have now received two corona vaccinations there. That is 30.7 percent of the people living there.

Both the first and second vaccination rates in the Würzburg area are below the Bavaria and Germany average. Before that, Würzburg had partly exceeded this. As of Friday, around 52.9 percent of people across Germany had been vaccinated once and around 34.1 percent twice against Corona. In Bavaria at that time exactly half of the people had received the first vaccination, and around 33.8 percent had received the second vaccination.

View to Kitzingen and Main-Spessart:

In the Kitzingen district (as of June 24th) around 46,600 people have been vaccinated against Corona in the vaccination center or at the family doctor’s. This corresponds to around 51.1 percent of the population. Here Kitzingen lies above Bavaria but below the German average. Around 32,600 people have now received two vaccinations in the center or at the family doctor in Kitzingen. That is about 35.8 percent of the population. That is more people than in the Bavarian and German average.

In Main-Spessart’s vaccination centers and at the family doctor’s (as of June 25) around 59,400 people have been vaccinated against Corona once. Calculated for all residents, that’s about 47.1 percent. That is less than the Bavarian and German average. In addition, there are around 40,100 people who have received the second vaccination at the vaccination doctor and family doctor. That is around 32.4 percent of the residents there and thus less than the average in Bavaria and Germany.

Which priority group will be vaccinated?

First vaccinations of priority group 3 are now taking place throughout Main Franconia. These are people over the age of 60, people with special previous illnesses and special professional groups – including police officers, pharmacists and supermarket employees. In Würzburg’s two centers, according to Christoph Zander, the chief vaccinator, individual persons in priority group two have not yet been vaccinated. But these are under 16 years old, which is why they should not be vaccinated yet. The permanent vaccination commission recommends that children and adolescents between the ages of twelve and 17 only be vaccinated against corona if they have certain pre-existing conditions and a severe course of the disease is therefore expected. Zander suspects that all Würzburg residents can be offered a vaccination for the first vaccination by the end of the summer, but not for the second vaccination. Chancellor Merkel had promised to make such an offer to every citizen by then.

What do the district administrators from Würzburg, Main-Spessart and Kitzingen and Würzburg’s Lord Mayor say about the current situation?

The politicians agree: They are largely satisfied with the current corona vaccination level. However, they regret the shortage of vaccines. If more vaccine had come, far more people could have been vaccinated, they emphasize. Kitzingen’s district administrator, Bischof, is still hoping for a summer without major corona restrictions in view of the low incidences. Würzburg’s Lord Mayor Schuchardt and District Administrator Eberth want the Corona-Variantem Delta (formerly Indian) not to spread too quickly.

When will more be vaccinated again?

Since last week there have been corona first vaccinations again in Mainfranken because more vaccines are being delivered. In the coming weeks, there should be between 9,000 and 11,000 vaccinations per week in the Würzburg centers. A maximum of 12,000 vaccinations are possible there.

This is how the vaccinations went in the city and district of Würzburg:

How did the first six months go in the Würzburg vaccination centers?

According to Zander, it can be divided into three phases. In his opinion, the first phase was the most stressful. It was about the planning, still without vaccinees. The city and district of Würzburg were commissioned to set up vaccination centers. Despite constant new requirements from the federal government and the Free State, the center on the Talavera and the one in Giebelstadt were ready for operation on November 15th. The second phase began on December 26th. Then Würzburg got the first corona vaccine, from here it was also partly transported to other parts of Lower Franconia. The first vaccination in the Würzburg area was on December 27th – 200 doses. Half of this went to the Würzburg University Hospital and the other half to three old people’s homes. In the third phase, vaccine deliveries then increased. Up to 11,000 Würzburgers were vaccinated per week. The vaccine deliveries fell again – especially in May there was a sharp drop. Gradually, family doctors and then company doctors also administered vaccinations. Zander emphasized that the already small amount of the vaccine had been divided up further. Corona first vaccinations have only been available again in Würzburg’s center since mid-June. With the doctors, this was also possible in the past few weeks. They order their vaccine separately.

What problems did you have?

According to Zander, the Würzburg vaccination centers primarily struggled with organizational problems – among other things, vaccination intervals were changed, but the discussion about AstraZeneca also led to rescheduling. There were also structural problems – the vaccination center on the Talavera is Bavaria’s largest free-standing vaccination tent, the hangar in Giebelstadt is very large. Those to be vaccinated and employees therefore had to struggle with cold and heat. The Würzburg vaccination center had to close in mid-June because the fire brigade could no longer use water for cooling from the outside. There has been air conditioning since last Thursday. A new problem is that many people have now been vaccinated through doctors. Often, however, they did not delete their account at afterwards. But this is absolutely necessary, otherwise other people who want to be vaccinated would have to wait longer than necessary.

What is the mood?

In general, the people of Würzburg are still willing to be vaccinated against corona, emphasized Zander. Now it is important to convince people who are still skeptical to vaccinate. According to him, arguments are: So far, the vaccinations have not resulted in any serious side effects and many infections have presumably been prevented.

Again and again the vaccination center employees realize that there is still skepticism about AstraZeneca vaccinations. People over the age of 60 often wanted a second vaccination with a different vaccine. But because there is no vaccine choice, this is not possible for people over 60 years of age.

What does a vaccination cost at the vaccination center?

The Würzburg vaccination centers have been criticized again and again in recent months. Are they worth it in view of the low occupancy rate? That was the question. Zander has calculated and assumes that a vaccination in the center will cost between 25 and 50 euros if it is 80 percent full. The costs for general practitioners are similar. But Zander also warns that once vaccination centers close, they shouldn’t be opened again so quickly. As things stand, they should stay until September 30th. But politics would have already signaled an extension.

Are booster vaccinations, i.e. third vaccinations, pending?

No, these are not yet an issue, emphasized Zander. There are discussions as to whether it would be useful to refresh the elderly after six to eight months, but there was no data. But it is important that vaccinated people never have one hundred percent protection from infection, explained Zander.

What are the known side effects?

Here Zander can only report what he has heard. Many side effects therefore only occur at home. At the beginning of the vaccination campaign, it was mainly the elderly who were vaccinated. They often had circulatory breakdowns or high blood pressure, and nausea and dizziness were also an issue. Now it’s the turn of the younger generation. Here you can often see that the blood pressure drops. Many young women in particular have recently been hit. In general, fewer allergic reactions are now observed. Zander knows no reasons for this. Typical side effects for people of all ages are pain at the injection site, flu symptoms and headache.

Particularly tragic case:

In mid-March, an 82-year-old senior died in the Talavera parking lot after his corona vaccination. The man had several previous illnesses and the vaccination was not the cause of his death. This was confirmed by an investigation. Accordingly, a previous heart disease in the senior was the trigger. The man wanted to be vaccinated so that he could see his grandchildren again. In general, vaccination is not advised for people with a history of heart disease.