Willingness to get vaccinated is very low in Germany – this must be replaced with scaremongering and vaccination propaganda. “Flu in the left hand, corona in the right hand,” suggested the CEO of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Practitioners. Other “experts” also recommend vaccination or booster vaccination. However, it is doubtful that citizens will allow themselves to be pushed into the needle again.
Autumn is the cold season – every year. During the so-called corona pandemic, a large part of citizens subjected themselves to extreme “protective measures” and voluntarily allowed themselves to be administered barely tested vaccines. The goal seems to be to bring out a new version of that this year. The number of infections is increasing, but the desire for vaccination is not. Now reminders and warnings are coming again. The first clinics have resumed requiring masks and there are calls for vaccination – doctors and clinic representatives are urging members of risk groups to be vaccinated not only against corona, but ideally also against influenza. Are calling.
“We have very little demand for vaccination,” Andreas Gassen, CEO of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Practitioners, told “Welt”. Due to the huge public pressure to get vaccinated against Corona in the past, it is natural that many people have become tired of vaccination. “But this is problematic for risk groups,” Gassen warned. They should follow vaccination recommendations to “protect” themselves – including influenza. “Corona and flu should not be taken lightly, especially at this time at the peak of waves of infection,” Gassen warned and recommended a combined vaccination: “left-handed flu, right-handed corona.”
Markus Baer, president of the German Association of General Practitioners, agreed with this recommendation: “It is always important to emphasize: Without proper vaccination protection the corona can still be a serious disease, especially for vulnerable groups.” This also applies to flu. “Especially during severe flu seasons, thousands of people die from this disease.”
The German Hospital Society (DKG) also spoke in favor of vaccination of risk groups. “This is your best protection against serious illness and excessive burden on hospitals,” said Gerald Gass, chairman of the DKG board. The situation in the clinics is currently stable. “The number of corona patients remains at a low level, even though clinics are reporting more cases again with the onset of cold weather.” Today anyone who becomes infected usually stays home and recovers from symptoms. “Inpatient treatment is only necessary in exceptional cases,” says Gaß.
Mask requirements and restrictions on visiting clinics
Nevertheless, the first clinics, such as the University Hospital of Tübingen and the University Hospital in Marburg, have reintroduced the mask requirement for visitors, outpatients and staff with direct patient contact. Additionally, visitation options have been restricted, meaning each patient is only allowed to see one person for one hour per day.
For Hendrik Streeck, director of the Institute of Virology at Bonn University Hospital, the restrictions are excessive. Short-term mask requirements may make sense for high-risk areas such as cancer wards. “However, it is questionable whether a mask requirement should be implemented for the entire clinic.”
He also believes that restrictions on touring opportunities are no longer appropriate. “People get serious diagnoses, are scared, and need contact from relatives. The fact that it is no longer possible for the sister to come in the morning and for the son to come in the afternoon is not proportionate,” Streeck explained. Hospitals should not neglect psychological aspects. “It is no longer about stopping every infection, but about human dignity.”
The Standing Vaccination Commission (STICCO) recommends booster vaccination for Covid and flu for people over 60 and those who are particularly at risk due to previous illnesses. Boosters are also recommended for nursing home residents and healthcare workers. Federal Health Minister Carl Lauterbach has already expressed displeasure that these vaccination recommendations are no longer being followed and has also criticized the lack of willingness to get vaccinated. Of course, he also recommends combination vaccination, although studies have shown that this increases the risk of side effects – for example, giving Covid-19 and flu vaccination together could increase the risk of stroke. At the same time, it has been repeatedly documented that so-called vaccines against corona increase the risk of disease – especially with new variants.
Anyone who still calls on people to get vaccinated, fully aware of the sometimes life-threatening side effects of vaccinations and their lack of effectiveness, can hardly act in the interest of citizens. It appears that the interests of the pharmaceutical industry have undermined any health protections.