Health – Lauterbach recommends a fourth corona vaccination even under 60 – health

Berlin (dpa) – Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach is promoting second booster vaccinations on a broader front in the Corona summer wave – not just for people aged 60 or 70. If you want to enjoy the summer without the risk of illness, he would also recommend it – “in consultation with the family doctor, of course” – to younger people, the SPD politician told “Spiegel”. This was met with a mixed response among experts. Lauterbach also called for masks to be worn indoors again and stressed, “We will have a very difficult fall.” The government is preparing comprehensive measures to this effect.

Lauterbach explained that with a second “booster” vaccination, you have “a completely different level of security.” It significantly reduces the risk of infection for a few months. The risk of contracting Long Covid is also significantly lower, he said in the “Spiegel” interview (Thursday evening) with a view to more lasting damage.

The Minister stressed that he had long advised a fourth vaccination from the age of 60, “because then mortality can be considerably reduced”. The specialized authorities of the EU had also recently come out in favor of a new recycling from the age of 60. The Standing Commission on Vaccination (Stiko) has so far only recommended a second booster for people over 70 and certain other risk groups.

Stiko boss Thomas Mertens has opposed four broad youth vaccinations. He doesn’t know of any data that would justify such advice, he told ‘Welt am Sonntag’ and added: “I think it’s wrong to make medical recommendations under the motto ‘a lot helps a lot.’ also came from the FDP co-governor.General Secretary Bijan Djir-Sarai told the t-online portal: “In my opinion, Mr. Lauterbach is well advised not to anticipate Stiko’s vaccination recommendations.

Criticism of the National Association of Compulsory Health Insurance Physicians

The National Association of Compulsory Health Insurance Doctors has also been critical. “With regard to the issue of vaccination recommendations, we are clearly guided by the Standing Vaccination Commission,” said Vice President Stephan Hofmeister: “Everyone should stick to it and not advance unnecessarily.”

The German Foundation for Patient Protection called the fact that the minister anticipated a Stiko recommendation unnecessary. In principle, one should seek personal medical advice before further vaccinations, said board member Eugen Brysch. Age is not the only thing that matters. “On the contrary, previous illnesses, individual risks and immune status must be taken into account.”

Lauterbach said vaccination decisions are always a decision between the doctor and the people involved. The Stiko “only recommends in general”. He also advised people over 60 not to wait for vaccines tailored to new virus variants. According to the ministry, a first preparation is planned for the beginning of September, and a second preparation for the end of September/beginning of October. According to the RKI, almost 6.2 million people, or 7.5% of the population, now have a second booster vaccination with the fourth injection which is usually necessary. For those over 60, the figure is 21.3%.

Holetschek: Lauterbach must be careful with communication

Bavarian Health Minister Klaus Holetschek (CSU) said: “It is important to promote vaccination boosters”. Lauterbach’s new initiative could certainly contribute to this. However, he must ensure “that his way of communicating does not disturb people and does not annoy the medical profession”. World Medical Association President Frank Ulrich Montgomery told the Funke media group newspapers: “The Minister of Health is right – we must seize every opportunity to improve the immune status of the population.” But we must not forget about the basic vaccination. “Nearly a quarter of our population is still unvaccinated.

Lauterbach said that given the continued high number of infections, he advises everyone to wear a mask indoors, especially when ventilation is poor. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the seven-day incidence on Friday at 719.2 – after 720.4 reported new infections per 100,000 population in seven days the previous day and 699.5 a week ago . However, the incidence does not give the full picture – mainly because not everyone infected takes the PCR tests that are included in the statistics. Lauterbach explained that given the number of unreported cases, the true seven-day incidence is expected to be 1,400 to 1,500. These are high case numbers. “The infestation would be something completely different.”

The leader of the SPD parliamentary group, Rolf Mützenich, is speeding up preparations for the post-summer period. “It is important that we legally prepare for the fall situation with a new infection protection law,” he told the German Press Agency. States and municipalities should be able to take legally secure protective measures. “Hopefully we’re still in time.” He pointed out that in the most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia, around half of the summer holidays are over. The Corona provisions of the Infection Protection Act, which were significantly reduced in the spring, expire on September 23. The government advises on monitoring regulations.

The RKI generally sees continued high infection pressure across all age groups, as reported in Thursday evening’s weekly report. The seven-day incidence of reported cases remained largely unchanged from the previous reporting week – “a plateau is emerging,” the institute wrote. However, even if the number of cases remains the same, further increases in serious illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths can be expected.

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