Munich (dpa / lby) - In the discussion about the effectiveness of the various corona vaccines, Bavaria's family doctors are urgently promoting the vaccination of the approved preparations.

"Every vaccine currently available in Germany offers protection and is an important component in the European and German vaccination strategy," said the Bavarian Association of General Practitioners in Munich on Wednesday.

"Vaccines from Astrazeneca, Biontech / Pfizer and Moderna are safe and effective," said state chairman Markus Beier.

Regardless of the drug available, people should get vaccinated.

The Bavarian State Medical Association and the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians in Bavaria also promoted the vaccinations.

"It is known with all types of vaccination that short-term vaccination reactions can be expected and that these can vary depending on the vaccine."

It is important to achieve the highest possible immunity in the population.

In particular, a discussion had recently arisen about the vaccine from Astrazeneca - even after individual feedback that those entitled to vaccinate may have canceled appointments due to concerns.

The Astrazeneca preparation is less effective than the agents from Biontech / Pfizer and Moderna - based on how many vaccinated people fall ill in studies compared to non-vaccinated people.


The State Office for Health (LGL) referred on Wednesday to approval studies, according to which the mRNA vaccines from Biontech / Pfizer and Moderna achieved an efficacy against Covid-19 of up to 95 percent after two vaccine doses.

The vector vaccine from Astrazeneca shows an effectiveness of up to 70 percent (in people aged 18 to 64 years), recent study data indicate an effectiveness of over 80 percent with a second vaccination carried out after more than twelve weeks.

According to the LGL, there are not yet sufficient data to assess the effectiveness of the Astrazeneca vaccine from the age of 65.

It is unclear whether the Astrazeneca vaccine will work when infected with the South African variant of the coronavirus.

Compared to the British variant circulating in Germany, however, it offers good protection, said LGL division manager Bernhard Liebl.

Slight side effects are possible with all three vaccines and are more common in younger people than in older people.

The General Practitioner Association makes it clear that all three preparations could prevent serious illnesses and deaths.

"The quality, efficacy and safety of the vaccines have been proven in clinical trials and have a favorable benefit / risk profile."

According to Beier, everything now has to be prepared quickly so that the corona vaccinations can also be carried out in the family doctor’s practices.


According to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), almost 926,000 doses of vaccine were administered about two months after the start of vaccination in Bavaria;

namely around 609,000 first and just under 317,000 second vaccinations.

Vaccine from Biontech (856 600 doses), Moderna (27 800 doses) and Astrazeneca (41 500 doses) was used.

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