Munich (dpa / lby) - For the fight against the corona virus, Bavaria's Minister of Health Klaus Holetschek wants the best possible use of the vaccines without any waste.
"It is technically and legally possible to take a seventh or eleventh dose from the vaccine bottle, depending on the manufacturer," said the CSU politician in Munich.
The President of the Bavarian State Medical Association, Gerald Quitterer, also supports the use of all available vaccine doses, which is also recommended by the Federal Ministry of Health.
“With the doctors and in the Bavarian vaccination centers, taking additional doses of vaccine has been a common practice for a long time and it is proving its worth every day.
I call on the vaccinating facilities to continue to use this option, ”emphasized Holetschek.
The vaccinating physicians would not have to worry about a change in liability, as they would ultimately have to be sure that they had drawn the correct amount into the syringes for each dose.
The prerequisite for the maximum utilization of the preparations is that the amount of vaccine required by the respective manufacturer can be taken completely and quality-assured from an injection vial.
The vaccinating doctor must ensure this, said Holetschek.
"It is also important that the vaccine must not be mixed from several bottles."
And further: “Vaccinating doctors act responsibly and professionally, regardless of whether it is the first, third, sixth or possibly the seventh or eleventh injection.
These are professionals who know what they're doing, and that doesn't raise the question of legal concerns. "
Special syringe and cannula combinations are required for taking additional vaccine doses - with the preparation from Biontech / Pfizer, this also applies to taking the sixth dose.
According to Holetschek, doctors can order these in the usual way through pharmacies.
Bavaria has already procured the appropriate syringes and cannulas for taking the sixth dose since January and given them to the vaccination centers - thus creating the technical feasibility.
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