Berlin’s Senate Administration of Health found yet another creative way to get people vaccinated against COVID-19, the disease caused by the Coronavirus. In October, the city state will be offering immunizations in the suburbs. Vaccination buses are supposed to go there.
Berlin, September 25th, 2021 (The Berlin Spectator) — Berlin is sparing no expense when it comes to Corona vaccinations. In the past months, alocohol-free beer and music were provided at a vaccination center. Berliners were vaccinated at squares and at a Turkish fast food place. Here, those who finally decided to get their immunization even got free doner kebabs. On top of it all, Berlin set up vaccination spots at home improvement markets and parking lots in front of Swedish furniture stores.
‘Movable Vaccination Offer’
At Berlin’s Senate Administration of Health, there is no limit when it comes to creativity. Now they are borrowing an idea other federal states in Germany, and places around the world, have implemented for quite a while now: Corona vaccination buses will be sent out to neighborhoods in the German capital. Four double decker buses are being converted for the important task of increasing the city’s vaccination rate.
According to the Senate, this is about getting the vaccinations to the people. A “moveable vaccination offer” is a lot better than a stationary one many people have not accepted so far. Health Senator Dilek Kalayci is convinced the new approach will lead to success. “With our vaccination buses, we now have another component, in addition to the vaccination centers and mobile vaccination teams”, she said. “The vaccination bus will easily reach Berliners in the suburbs as well.” Mrs. Kalayci thanked the ‘Berliner Tafel’ charity organization which is part of the vaccination bus endeavor.
Moderna in Buses
Berlin’s vaccination buses will have enough room for two vaccination booths, a place for the preparation of the vaccine, documentation desks and a follow-up area where people can rest for a few minutes after they got their shots. The vaccinate brand Berlin will use in those buses is Moderna. Everyone will require a second shot a few weeks later.
Berliners from 12 years of age are eligible. An I.D. card is required. The Senate Administration of Health will announce the location those four vaccination buses will go to in advance, on a daily basis. Vaccination passports will be updated on site.
New Vaccination Spot
In the meantime, Berlin is closing its vaccination station at the Ikea parking lot in Lichtenberg. In the past weeks, thousands of Berliners were immunized there. A drive-in and a walk-in vaccination spot were available there. On Monday, September 27th, 2021, at 7:00 p.m., this location will close for good. But another one is opening the next day, September 28th, 2021, at the Ringcenter mall at Frankfurter Allee 113-117 in Berlin’s Lichtenberg borough. Here, passers-by can get immunized Mondays to Saturdays from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m..
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