Lord Mayor Katja Dörner made herself a picture on site on Friday, December 11, 2020. Fire chief Jochen Stein, Dr. Susanne Engels, acting head of the public health department, Dr. med. Bernd Voigt, chairman of the Bonn district office of the North Rhine Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, and Dr. Michael Kleine-Hartlage, managing director of Bonn Conference Center Management GmbH, operator of the WorldCCBonn, explained the current state of affairs. "Setting up the vaccination center in such a short time was a great challenge for the city and all those involved, to whom I would like to express my sincere thanks," said the Lord Mayor.
Vaccination booths set up
The vaccination center, financed by the federal government and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, is the responsibility and competence of the city's public health department. The fire department is responsible for planning, setting up and operating the vaccination center. The physicians, who will have professional supervision, and the other medical staff are to be provided by the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Nordrhein (KVNO). In this context, the city has proposed to plan the logistics of the mobile teams and the non-medical functions for the vaccination process with local staff and with the involvement of the aid organizations German Red Cross, Malteser, Johanniter and Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund. Discussions with the KVNO are still ongoing.
As far as preparations are concerned, the WorldCCBonn already has many good prerequisites for the vaccination center. Nevertheless, mobile walls still had to be drawn and vaccination booths built, for example.
Six vaccination lines - up to 1,000 vaccinations daily
„The city will fulfill the services it must provide by December 15 in a timely and appropriate manner,“ emphasizes Fire Chief Stein. The time requirement is in a decree issued by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Six so-called vaccination lines will be set up in the vaccination center. At peak times, up to 1000 vaccinations per day will be possible. Around 70 people - employees of the city administration, the World Conference Center Bonn, aid organizations and doctors - will be deployed at the vaccination center and in the mobile teams. At full capacity, vaccinations will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
The city of Bonn expects vaccinations to begin in January 2021, with mobile teams initially vaccinating residents in senior facilities and the nursing staff there, and other high-risk groups in parallel at the vaccination center. "Depending on the availability of the vaccine, we currently expect that two vaccination lines will be operated at the beginning. The rest will probably initially be mobile teams," Jochen Stein continued. The time until vaccinations begin will be used to prepare staff for their tasks and to test procedures. A dress rehearsal with about 80 performers is to be held before Christmas.
Sequence of the vaccination
Vaccination at WCCB is by personal appointment only. Appointments are made through the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians: probably on the website www.116117.de and via the telephone number 116 117.
Admission to the vaccination center is only possible with a valid photo ID and without symptoms of illness. In addition, the personal vaccination certificate should be brought. You must come to the vaccination alone - unaccompanied. The only exceptions are persons with support needs and children who are accompanied by a parent.
At the entrance, the body temperature is first checked. This is followed by registration and information about the vaccination. It is also informed that after the vaccination may occur physical symptoms such as pain at the injection site, fatigue, mild flu symptoms, mild headaches. "Of course, it is also clarified how previous vaccinations were tolerated, whether there were severe reactions to a vaccination in advance, whether allergies are known, etc. The information about the vaccination and possible complications must be signed by the vaccinated person," explained Dr. Susanne Engels.
Then the vaccination takes place. For right-handers into the left upper arm or vice versa. The injection site is disinfected beforehand, then protected with a plaster. The vaccination is recorded in the vaccination card with the batch number, name of the vaccination, date of vaccination and the disease against which vaccination is given. With the Corona vaccine expected to be available first, a second vaccination is required on day 21.
After vaccination, the vaccinee should remain in the vaccination center or nearby for approximately 30 minutes for follow-up so that any physical reactions can be addressed professionally, if necessary.
Vaccination center easily accessible
The Vaccination Center in the World Conference Center Bonn at the Platz der Vereinten Nationen in the Federal Quarter is centrally located. It is easily accessible by streetcar lines 16, 63, 66, 67 and 68 (Heussallee/Museumsmeile stop) and bus lines 610 and 611 (Deutsche Welle stop). The short walk from the bus stops to the WorldCCBonn will be signposted. In addition, the conference center has a parking garage.