Saturday 15 January 2022
Infectiologist warns Wendtner to act: Must prepare fourth vaccination
In Israel, risk patients are already receiving the fourth corona vaccination. The infectiologist Clemens Wendtner also considers a second booster to be appropriate in Germany. Precautions must be taken now for a new vaccination campaign, he says.
The Munich corona expert Clemens Wendtner urges rapid preparation for the fourth corona vaccination – with the available vaccines. “For me, a fourth vaccination four to six months after the third vaccination would be an adequate measure,” said the chief physician of infectiology at the Munich Clinic Schwabing. At the same time, however, he pointed out that due to a lack of data there is still no recommendation from the Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO) for a fourth vaccination. It is often said that one wants to wait for the adapted Omikron vaccine. “But I’m afraid that will take too long,” said Wendtner. New vaccines are not to be expected before April – but the Omicron wave is now rolling in. “You have to prepare a four-vaccination campaign now, also based on the availability of the currently approved vaccines. We shouldn’t wait until March or April to think about it,” said Wendtner. The fourth vaccination is already an issue – namely for “the people who got a boost in late summer”. This could be health care workers as well as people who are particularly at risk, for example in retirement homes. However, the Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO) has so far made no recommendation for the fourth vaccination. One is still waiting for data from Israel, where the fourth vaccination campaign is already underway. People with immunodeficiency, people over 60 and medical and nursing staff for seniors are currently receiving the second booster there. Sebastian Ulbert, vaccine researcher from the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology, also differentiates between people with a healthy immune system and people with a weak immune system when it comes to the question of the fourth vaccination. This means: For Ulbert, the administration of a fourth dose is not initially an option for everyone, but primarily for older people and risk groups, as in Israel. It is still unclear whether and how the effect of the third vaccination will subside in those with a healthy immune system. Wendtner treated the first corona patients in Germany in Schwabing at the beginning of 2020. Since then, more than 1,600 patients have been cared for in Schwabing, and more than 3,600 in total in the Munich clinic with its five locations.
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