NRW: Vaccination with Astrazeneca – first over 60 years already vaccinated


Vaccination with Astrazeneca
The first over 60s in NRW have already won

The age limit for Astrazeneca becomes an opportunity for the “60+” vaccination group. On Holy Saturday, the lines activated for booking appointments are already glowing early in the morning. The former were even vaccinated the same day.

The rush for vaccination appointments for the 60-and-over age group has already caused phone and internet lines to be overloaded on Saturday morning. While many opted to make their fingers ache to no avail, the first successful date hunters received their shots the same day.

The Westfalen-Lippe Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KV) announced that In the first hours, around 60,000 vaccination appointments were given to people over 60 years of age. “14 vaccinations have already been carried out.” According to the NRW Ministry of Health, 13,000 first-service appointments were initially assigned in the KV Nordrhein area in the early morning.

The 60-year-old group leaves the usual sequence after the Permanent Commission on Vaccination recommended that Astrazeneca no longer use the preparation for younger people. The background is cases of blood clots (thrombosis) in the cerebral veins.

In this way, 450,000 short-term vaccine doses were launched in North Rhine-Westphalia alone. According to the Ministry of Health, there are potentially around 3.8 million people between the ages of 60 and 79 who can now try to register for this batch of Astrazeneca.

However, the ministry reported shortly after the lines were opened. by twitter, The reservation systems of the two statutory health insurance associations are overloaded: “We ask for your understanding for the inconvenience.” Appointments are still possible.

“The appointment booking platform of the Westphalia-Lippe Health Insurance Statutory Physicians Association (KVWL) works stably,” its press office said in the morning. “Currently, however, there may be slight delays in sending the registration and confirmation emails.” The KVWL asks citizens to be patient. “Initially, a new registration should not be done.”

Note for those who have the right to vaccinate: Appointments can be booked online through (Westfalen-Lippe) or (Nordrhein) as well as by phone at the central number 116 117 or 0800 116 117 02 for Westphalia-Lippe and 0800 116 117 01 for the Rhineland.

(woman / dpa)