SARS-CoV2 / COVID-19 / Corona
The situation regarding COVID-19, especially regarding vaccinations, is very dynamic. We try to keep ourselves and all information here up to date, but ask for your understanding that we can not guarantee the following information.
With the Senate resolution of 29.03. there is from 31.03.2021 in medical facilities such as in public transport and stores the obligation to wear FFP2 masks!
Vaccination in practice
Contrary to the recommendation of the Standing Commission on Vaccination (STIKO), the Senate of Berlin has cancelled the vaccination prioritisation in medical offices. However, this does not mean that everyone can get vaccinated from 17.05. without an appointment.
We still have a high number of unvaccinated patients from the at-risk groups, but vaccine supplies are still very limited. Our waiting list already includes more than 500 patients, so all vaccination appointments until July are taken and we cannot accept any further new registrations at the moment!
We vaccinate on a voluntary basis. For this reason, we would like to point out that COVID vaccinations will be stopped in the office if there are persistent impertinent or emotionally extortionate demands or even insults towards us. We will do everything in our power and with all our strength to meet the vaccination wishes of all our patients as quickly as possible.
We are NOT a vaccination centre and can only provide vaccinations in the office to a limited extent without giving up our function as a GP office. Please show understanding for us! We have to organise, plan and implement initial and also final vaccinations.
According to corona vaccination regulation (CoronaImpfV), < 60-year-olds are vaccinated with the vaccine “Comirnaty” from BioNTech/Pfizer and > 60-year-olds with the vaccine “Vaxzevria” from AstraZeneca. Because of the vaccine shortage, the entitlement to vaccination still does not include the right to choose the vaccine of a particular manufacturer. Therefore, we are initially only vaccinating existing patients of the practice!
We have no influence on the quantity and manufacturer of the vaccine at present and in the near future. We can therefore only vaccinate what we are given. If you do not want to follow our vaccination offer and non-negotiable vaccination procedure, we ask you to book a vaccination appointment in alternative location.
We will orientate our appointment allocation to the step-by-step schedule of the vaccination ordinance. We would like to point out that vaccination appointments that are not kept cannot be postponed, the vaccination dose will then be administered to available substitutes!
The vaccinations must be carried out by us in addition to the normal practice routine, so that we ask for your understanding that we cannot carry out detailed explanatory talks at the vaccination appointment. Please clarify any questions in advance.
At the vaccination appointment you must be symptom-free and present a completed information sheet. These can be completed as a digital questionnaire or are available for download and self-printing.
According to the Senate Health Administration (07.03.2021), symptom-free Berliners are requested to be tested once a week with a rapid test (PoC) for their personal protection and for the protection of their own environment. You will receive a test certificate for this and the tests should be free of charge.
We do NOT offer these free tests!
COVID-19 vaccines and modes of action
mRNA vaccine: BioNTech, Moderna, Curevac
Vector vaccine: AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Sputnik V, CanSino Biologics
Inactivated vaccine: Novavax, Sinopharm, Sinova
Vaccines with vector viruses use harmless viruses as carriers of genetic information of the actual virus. Information about certain proteins is incorporated into the genetic material of these vector viruses (carrier viruses). The aim is to make the immune system form antibodies against these proteins and to trigger other defence reactions. Upon contact with the actual virus, the body is then prepared and can better contain the infection.
Vaccines made with messenger RNA (mRNA) this is a new concept. No weakened virus or individual parts of a virus are used for vaccination. Instead, the vaccine consists only of genetic information in the form of messenger RNA or mRNA. The RNA molecules contain blueprints for proteins that the vaccinated person’s body is supposed to produce itself.
Vaccines made from viral protein are classic vaccines (such as tetanus or flu vaccines) that are based on inactivated pathogens.
All 4 vaccines approved in Germany (BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson&Johnson) show a very good protective effect against severe diseases. Despite minor differences between the vaccines, there is no reason to be choosy, according to vaccination experts. As long as there are not enough vaccines for everyone, the first vaccine is always the best.
How long can a potential vaccine protect?
Results from several teams show that the number of neutralising antibodies drops significantly after a few months. Especially infected people without or with only minor symptoms of the disease then have hardly any protective antibodies left. There is currently no reliable information on how good the immunity still is after months or years. The virus is still too new to be able to judge.
Can vaccinated people infect others?
Study results suggest that the vaccines not only protect against infection and severe courses of the disease, but also that vaccinated people are much less likely to pass on the virus.
People after SARS-CoV2 infection should receive a single vaccination no earlier than 6 months after diagnosis.