Dresden (dpa / sn) - Experts such as the Dresden physician Harald Schmalenberg expect increasing popularity for the corona vaccination in the near future.
"The skepticism of many people will decrease when they perceive the tolerance of the vaccine in people who have already been vaccinated," he told the German Press Agency in Dresden.
Schmalenberg is Acting Medical Director at the Dresden City Clinic and coordinates the Covid-19 vaccination there.
According to him, around 20 percent of the 4108 employees at the Dresden Clinic have so far been vaccinated.
Among the 839 employees, there were only very few cases of side effects such as a slightly elevated temperature, and more frequent slight pain at the injection site.
«There were no serious vaccine reactions.
I am confident that this experience will increase motivation, ”said the doctor, who was one of the first to be vaccinated at the clinic.
According to Schmalenberg, a good 500 clinic employees can be vaccinated every week.
In the medical service, the willingness to vaccinate is 90 percent, in the nursing service is 59 percent.
Five percent of doctors and 23 of the nursing staff do not want to be vaccinated, according to a survey of over 1,800 employees.
The rest have not yet made a decision, or there are contraindications such as pregnancy.
The initial skepticism among many is also due to the fact that no detailed information was available until shortly before Christmas.
The doctor blamed the uncontrolled spread of false reports on social media for the negative attitude of anti-vaccination campaigners: “We are in the post-factual age.
Anyone can spread false information on social media. "
In connection with the corona vaccination, an old "vaccination myth" soon emerged that such an immunization would render sterile: "That does not correspond to the facts, statements from scientists and the manufacturer are already available."
The Dresden Clinic provides extensive screening measures for all employees who have contact with patients.
The employees undergo more than 2500 tests per week.
It is planned to evaluate the screening results for the vaccinated and non-vaccinated employees in the next two to three months.
This makes it possible to determine whether and in how many employees the coronavirus can be detected despite vaccination, even if the employees do not fall ill, it said.
So far, it is clear that people after receiving the second dose of vaccine develop more and more specific antibodies against the virus than infected people, said Schmalenberg.
Therefore, people who have already gone through the infection should also be vaccinated in the future.