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Corona: Vaccinations of the 1942 and 1943 cohorts begin

Vaccinations against corona virus continue to gain momentum: Vaccinations of those born in 1942 and 1943 are beginning. Since yesterday, 77- and 78-year-olds have already been able to book appointments via the portals of the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Nordrhein (www.116117.de or tel. 0800 11 61 17 01) for the Bonn Vaccination Center at WorldCCBonn.

A corresponding information of the NRW Ministry of Health reached the city on Thursday afternoon, April 8. Still today, Friday, the city of Bonn will send information letters from Mayor Katja Dörner and NRW Health Minister Karl-Josef Laumann to a total of 4520 Bonn residents born in 1942 and 1943 (Bonn borough: 1044, Hardtberg borough: 1278, Bad Godesberg borough: 1234 and Beuel borough: 964).

The vaccinations take place in the vaccination center. Vaccination only takes place with a personal appointment. For the vaccination, the identity card, the appointment confirmation and - if available - the vaccination certificate must be brought along. In addition, those who wish to be vaccinated should have with them the completed medical history form and the consent form, which will be sent by mail with the confirmation of the appointment. 

The city appeals to book the next possible appointments at short notice. In this way, the vaccination capacity will be optimally utilized. There is no need to wait for the information letter to book, as it does not contain any personal access codes or the like. Those who are eligible based on their residence in Bonn and age 77 or older can book appointments directly through the portals of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians. In addition, couple bookings for the life partner are possible!

Distance learning and limited regular service

While after the Easter vacations at schools in North Rhine-Westphalia, students will return to classes at a distance as of Monday, April 12, the restricted regular operation in daycare will continue. This was announced by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Contrary to the original plan to continue alternate instruction, school operations will initially start at a distance for one week due to the Corona pandemic. Pupils in the final classes of lower secondary school and upper secondary school, including qualification phase 1, remain exempt from this regulation and can continue to prepare for the exams in face-to-face classes. The final classes of the vocational colleges can also be taught in face-to-face classes to the extent necessary.

For students in grades 1 to 6, educational supervision will be made possible from April 12, 2021. All schools at the primary level as well as secondary general education schools will therefore offer a childcare service for those pupils in grades 1 to 6 who cannot be adequately cared for at home from April 12, 2021, at the request of the parents. If there is a suspicion that a child's well-being is at risk, the Youth Welfare Office can also take the initiative here.

For pupils with a need for special educational support in special schools or in schools of joint learning, which requires special care (e.g. in the special focuses of mental development and physical and motor development), this offer must also be ensured at higher ages in consultation with the parents. 

According to the current state of affairs, from April 19, 2021, teaching at the schools is to be continued again with attendance components (alternating teaching), provided that the infection situation permits this. In the presence mode of the schools, there will be a basic testing obligation in the schools with twice weekly self-tests for students, teachers and other staff at the schools.

Voluntary testing in daycare centers

According to the state, the limited regular operation of daycare centers and daycare staff will be accompanied by a comprehensive range of tests from April 12, 2021. Self-tests will be made available by the state to all children and employees in daycare centers and daycare staff. The children will be tested at home by their parents. 

The self-tests are carried out on a voluntary basis. Two self-tests per person and week are planned for both employees and children. In the coming week, the first self-tests are to be distributed to daycare centers and childcare workers via the agencies and youth welfare offices, and parallel to this, further deliveries are to begin, which will be made directly to the facilities from then on.

If a self-test is positive, this does not trigger any obligation to notify the health authorities. However, a PCR test must be carried out immediately at a test center or at the family doctor's office. All contact should be avoided until the test date, and a home quarantine should take place. In case of a positive PCR detection, further steps will be taken according to the regulations of the state or according to the order of the local competent authorities.

Meanwhile, the city administration appeals to all citizens who have an appointment in one of the service buildings to take a rapid test as soon as possible beforehand. For most stores, hairdressers and, for example, museums, it is currently obligatory under the "Corona emergency brake" to present a negative test result that is no more than 24 hours old at the time the service is used.

Incidence value of 114.4

Once again, the corona incidence value for Bonn has decreased. It is on Friday, April 9, 2021, related to 100,000 inhabitants at 114.4. The health department registered 377 new infections in the past seven days.

Since February 28, 2020, a total of 11,061 confirmed infections have occurred. 10,099 people have since recovered, 750 acutely infected. Ten daycare centers and five schools currently have individual cases. 212 people have died in connection with the coronavirus. 2033 citizens of Bonn are currently in quarantine.

101 people from Bonn and the surrounding area who have contracted Covid-19 are currently in Bonn hospitals. 62 patients are being cared for in normal wards, 39 people are in intensive care units, 32 of whom require ventilation.

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