Magdeburg (dpa / sa) - In the case of the corona vaccinations in Saxony-Anhalt, representatives of the municipalities criticized the state's communication as inadequate.

So far there have been no discussions with district administrators and mayors about how the new vaccination priorities should be implemented, said the district council's managing director, Heinz-Lothar Theel.

"If the Ministry of Social Affairs says what it wants, then we do it that way."

The reason for this are changes in the Federal Vaccination Ordinance.

As a result, the staff at elementary and special schools as well as day-care centers have recently been given preferential vaccination.

In addition, Saxony-Anhalt wants to increase the speed of vaccination and therefore allows the municipalities to vaccinate risk groups with the second highest priority even if not all people in the highest category have a vaccination offer.

The second group also includes people over the age of 70, the seriously ill, organ transplant recipients and the disabled.

Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) and Health Minister Petra Grimm-Benne (SPD) called for more speed with vaccinations in the responsible districts and urban districts after a cabinet meeting.

The municipalities would have to ramp up operations and, if in doubt, also offer appointments after 4 p.m. and on Saturdays, said Haseloff.

The vaccination centers had to manage the shortage for a long time, now a switch has to be thrown in view of increasing delivery quantities, said Grimm-Benne.


"We municipalities have been doing everything we can to protect our population for twelve months," said Landkreistag boss Theel.

"It is very painful that this is now being criticized in retrospect."

It is now important that the state and municipalities coordinate the next steps.

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