The family doctors have already started: 26 people in the district have received a third injection to refresh their vaccination against Covid-19. These are people of the so-called vulnerable group, as pandemic coordinator Bernhard Junge-Hülsing says: over 80-year-olds, medical staff as well as high-risk patients and their relatives. There have not yet been any third-party vaccinations in the district’s vaccination center.
But the additional syringe is also available there, although in Gauting currently mostly second vaccinations are administered, as district office spokeswoman Barbara Beck says. Whose last injection was at least six months ago, however, have the option of picking up another one at the vaccination center. There would be no strict prioritization as with the first vaccinations. It is best to consult with your own doctor whether a refresher is necessary, says Beck.
Junge-Hülsing recommends refreshing the vaccination protection to all who have only received the Astra Zeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. According to the Starnberg ENT doctor, there are many elderly people and a large part of the medical staff. Anyone who is under 60 years of age and has received at least one Biontech vaccination normally has a sufficiently high number of antibodies and is thus adequately protected. This is also confirmed by an antibody test carried out by his practice staff six months after their vaccination. Antibodies are still detectable in all 20 employees, albeit not in sufficient quantities. So he vaccinated.
In the old people’s and nursing homes, the district office is asked whether mobile teams from the vaccination center are needed. There have been two coronavirus outbreaks in facilities in the district in the past few weeks. Actually, the district’s contracts with the district association of the Bavarian Red Cross (BRK) as the operator of the vaccination center expire at the end of the month. But “the vaccination center continues,” said Beck. For how long and in what form she left open. The district authority could only give exact details in the coming week. Junge-Hülsing criticizes the district’s adherence to the vaccination center. “It doesn’t need that anymore,” says the 56-year-old. In the facilities, the respective home doctors could also refresh the vaccination protection.
The number of infections in the district continues to rise sharply. All age groups are affected. In July, the focus was still on children and young adults between the ages of ten and 19: 42 percent of all registered illnesses were found in this group. In August, only 29 percent of the infected were children and adolescents, which is likely to be due to the holidays and more and more vaccinations for schoolchildren. The proportion of second vaccinations is comparatively high in the district: Almost 30 percent of twelve to 17-year-olds in the Fünfseenland already have full protection, while it is only 22 percent across Bavaria.
Meanwhile, the proportion of infections in the monthly comparison in the age group of children up to nine years and 30 to 39 year olds has more than doubled. Among the 20 to 29 year olds, the proportion is stable at 13 and 17 percent, respectively, the 50 to 59 year olds recently made up about one eighth of those infected. Those over 60 years of age are increasingly less affected, and their share has almost halved in the past four weeks. A total of 185 men and 184 women have been infected in the past two months.