Bureaucracy farce of the introduction of German vaccinations as it turns out that 80-year-olds have to fill in TEN forms
The introduction of vaccines in Germany ran into chaos when it turned out that 80-year-olds have to fill out ten forms to get the shot.
Angela Merkel’s coalition government is increasingly criticizing its approach to the coronavirus pandemic as the vaccination program falter.
Europe’s largest economy appears to be lagging behind, with only 10 percent of the adult population having received their first dose of the vaccine since this week.
The UK has delivered the first doses to 55 percent of the population and America 25 percent – Germany is not even on the list of top 20 countries in terms of vaccination coverage worldwide.
Angela Merkel’s coalition government is increasingly criticized for tackling coronavirus pandemic as vaccination program falter
Cardiologist Dr. Joachim Wunderlich, who helped in a vaccination center in Berlin, said CBS News that the bureaucratic process of getting people vaccinated in Germany was “incredible.”
He added that the amount of paperwork involved was “insane.”
You can’t expect an over 80 to fill out 10 pages and tons of consent forms and ask them to call a hotline to make an appointment. And then they run the risk of being rejected because they forgot some forms at home. ‘
Wunderlich continued, “The pandemic is daunting enough, bureaucracy and data protection laws shouldn’t make things worse.”
Germany’s 16 states are responsible for organizing the introduction of vaccines in their own jurisdictions.
Merkel appealed to state administrators to avoid unnecessary bureaucracy – which she said was hampering the urge to vaccinate.
But public confidence in the vaccine is also slowing its release after Germany, along with several other EU countries, suspended use of the AstraZeneca injection for a few days after reports that it had caused blood clots in some patients.
Germany still only allows citizens aged 80 and over, as well as people with serious pre-existing conditions, to make appointments (older man gets an injection near Munich earlier this week)
Europe’s largest economy appears to be lagging: so far only 10 percent of the adult population has received their first dose of the vaccine. Pictured: Near an empty vaccination center in Germany in recent weeks
Germany still only allows citizens aged 80 and over, as well as people with serious pre-existing conditions, to make appointments.
This has left many younger people unable to take advantage of the vaccine overcapacity after it was reported that, according to official statistics, there are nearly 3.9 million doses of both Oxford-AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech on the shelves across the country. layers.
Currently, only dedicated mass vaccination centers and mobile units visiting nursing homes are authorized to administer the injections – with these facilities using only 67 percent of their capacity.
It comes after Germany has seen an increase in coronavirus cases as a third wave of Covid-19, which could be the worst, with daily infections potentially reaching 100,000 a day, the country’s top disease official has warned.
Lothar Wieler said on Friday that there were “clear signs that this wave will be worse than the first two waves” which has already caused more than 75,000 deaths.
Angela Merkel’s health minister, Jens Spahn, said the health system could reach its limit in April, with intensive care units already filling up again as infections increase.
Wieler urged people to stay home over Easter, but plans for an almost total Easter stop were scrapped on Wednesday in an embarrassing climb by Merkel.
She made an amazing plea for forgiveness when she said that the plans were “my fault, and only my fault.”
The planned five-day shutdown – which would even shut down supermarkets in one day – was agreed between Merkel and state leaders on Monday in an effort to halt the spiraling third wave of Covid-19.
But it received massive criticism from all sides, with companies complaining about the shutdown, employees asking questions about vacation pay, and medical experts saying the measures were not harsh enough to prevent the exponential spread of the virus.
With her party’s ratings already in free fall amid a lengthy lockdown and slow vaccine rollout, Merkel was forced to make a dramatic turnaround just 36 hours later and admitted there was no way to end the Easter close. to be implemented in such a short time.
“I take ultimate responsibility for everything,” Merkel said at a hastily organized press conference, adding that “an error should be called a mistake and, above all, corrected.”
‘I know that this whole process has created extra uncertainty. I deeply regret that and I ask all our citizens for forgiveness, ”she said.
Meanwhile, the European Union continues to push vaccine manufacturers to get more doses.