Bavaria plans vaccines 'in supermarkets, schools and pharmacies' in summer
Bavaria premier Markus Söder says he wants to create new contact points for vaccinations to take place in the coming months to speed up the process of getting everyone inoculated.
Söder, who is aiming for the state to lift the Covid vaccine priority order soon, plans to allow more facilities to carry out jabs, rather than only relying on only GPs and vaccination centres.
“In general, we need medical teams who can vaccinate in mobile vaccination stations in supermarkets," Söder said, according to German daily Welt on Wednesday.
"Vaccinations should also be given in pharmacies. No vaccine should be left lying around and things have to happen quickly on site - without long waiting times."
The CSU leader is aiming to lift the priority order in Bavaria in the "middle or end of May" - earlier than is planned by the federal government, which says it will allow all adults to apply for a vaccine in June.
He said Germany needed to get ready for the moment when all adults will be offered the jab.
All appointments agreed for people in priority groups will be retained, he said. "But we have to set up every conceivable structure for the time when we get more vaccines."
Jabs in supermarkets, restaurants or drive-ins are not unheard of. Countries that have already achieved a high level of vaccination coverage for the population, such as the USA or Israel, have opted for different ways of getting injections to people. They are often delivered in the form of drive-ins with mobile teams.
Young people to be offered jab in June
Söder said he wants Bavaria to vaccinate young people early on in the campaign when the priority list is lifted. “It is also particularly important to involve schoolchildren in order to give young people a perspective for more freedom," he said.
"Therefore, we want to offer the graduating classes a vaccination offer in June."
Young people over the age of 16 can currently be vaccinated with the Biontech/Pfizer vaccine. A vaccine for younger children is not yet available, although studies are ongoing.
School vaccinations, as well as company-wide and family jabs, have to be a fixed component if you want to get out of the pandemic quickly, he said.
Socialising in private, schools and workplaces are said to be drivers of Covid outbreaks.
Up to April 27th, 25.5 percent of the Bavarian population - or 3.3 million people - had received at least one dose, while seven percent were fully inoculated.
About 24.7 percent of the total German population had received at least one vaccine dose up to April 27th. About 7.4 percent - or 6.1 million people - are fully vaccinated.