Germany: Cottbus locals receive COVID-19 jabs as Brandenburg opens first vaccination centres

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About 70 people over 80 years old received a jab against COVID-19 in Cottbus as the German state of Brandenburg opened its first two vaccination centres on Tuesday.

The centres were set up at the exhibition hall in Cottbus – as footage shows – and in Potsdam.

Mobile teams were on tour around care facilities and retirement homes since the end of December, but this is the first time that residents can receive their vaccination at a central location.

By the end of January, a total of eleven centres are expected to be established in Brandenburg.

According to doctors and organisers, residents are eager to receive the shots and appointments are fully booked for the next days.

"I expect an enormous inrush. We know that all appointments for today are taken. Yesterday we heard that the phone line for making vaccination appointments was overloaded. I am not surprised by this, because we have 140,000 patients [in Brandenburg] that are part of the vaccination group 1," said Sven Geissler, a doctor who volunteered to help vaccinating people in Brandenburg.

"Because of the problems yesterday [with the call center], we have a calm start today with 70 appointed people," Jens Rohloff, head of Cottbus vaccination centre, said, adding that the centre had 450 doses available at the moment.

SOT, Dr. Sven Geissler, Specialist of gastroentrology and internist (German): "I volunteered for this vaccination service, because I believe that the solidarity among the population and among medical staff is important to overcome this pandemic.”

SOT, Dr. Sven Geissler, Specialist of gastroenterology and internist (German): "According to our current knowledge, we know that the vaccine has to be considered safe. There are just a few side effects, hardly any serious ones.”

SOT, Dr. Sven Geissler, Specialist for gastroenterology and internist (German): "I expect an enormous inrush. We know that all appointments for today are taken. Yesterday we heard that the phone line for making vaccination appointments was overloaded. I am not surprised by this, because we have 140,000 patients [in Brandenburg] that are part of the vaccination group 1.”

SOT, Dr. Sven Geissler, Specialist for gastroenterology and internist (German): "​The effect of the vaccination will be apparent later. We will need weeks, maybe even months, to achieve an impact on the development of this pandemic. But I am confident that the vaccination is the decisive step to overcome this.”

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SOT, Jens Rohloff, Head of Cottbus vaccination centre (German): "Because of the problems yesterday [with the call centre], we have a calm start today with 70 appointed people. Earlier, we were asked how many doses we have – we have 450 doses here.”

SOT, Jens Rohloff, EMT and Head of Cottbus vaccination centre (German): "The plan is, just like [Health Minister Jens] Spahn said, the rough schedule is to have all regular citizens, including young people vaccinated by summer and that is when we should finish here.”

SOT, Dr. Peter Noack, Chief Executive of Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians for Berlin and Brandenburg (German): "Right now, we are happy that the vaccine centre opens today. We only had a very, very short preparation time and had to work very fast. What I have seen today shows that we will have a good start at the vaccine centre. Everything is prepared, the vaccination teams are present, and we await our patients to receive their vaccinations today. I believe we will be successful today, and then we will continue and intensify the next days. We want to ramp up to achieve high vaccination numbers very quickly.”

SOT, Dr. Peter Noack, Chief Executive of Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians for Berlin and Brandenburg (German): "​Once the six ‘vaccination streets’ are opened, up to 480 people can be vaccinated daily. Once we have a new vaccine and more doses available, we will have to think about extending the opening hours or extending the ‘vaccination streets.’"

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