The offer for children is unlikely to be accepted

clothes. The Hanover region maintains its vaccination offer in Garbsen. The vaccination center at Hérouville-St.-Clair-Platz in the Auf der Horst district remains open. Adults and, at certain times, children can drop by spontaneously without an appointment and get the tick. But is it still worthwhile for the employees of the Arbeitersamariterbund (ASB) and the doctors to be available on site? We asked on Saturday.

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Things are very quiet at the makeshift vaccination center on Place Hérouville. Anna Gatzek from ASB and doctor Evelin Margot Berla are waiting for the first child who has signed up to be vaccinated. Unlike adults, children receive the vaccination directly from the relevant doctor. But the baby doesn’t come. And otherwise it will be quiet. “Of course it’s a shame if you can’t do anything,” says Berla. “We’re really just showing presence here,” Gatzek adds.

Spontaneous vaccination: Children and adults who wish to be vaccinated can come to the vaccination center on Place Hérouville-St-Cair without an appointment.

Adapted vaccines: demand among adults is increasing

Berla and Gatzek have both worked in vaccination centers in various locations in Hanover and in the region. And not all are as empty as in Garbsen this Saturday. “Recently I vaccinated more than 200 people in one day. If you can do so much, you also have a good feeling in the evening,” says the doctor. The offer is better accepted by adults than by parents. “Since the new vaccine BA4/5 has been vaccinated, more have come again. It’s also worth it here,” says paramedic Gatzek. “The demand is definitely there,” adds Berla. Many also continued to be vaccinated at the doctor’s office.

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According to figures from the region, 320 people have been vaccinated against corona in the two vaccination centers in Garbsen since the beginning of September, of which 273 with the two adapted vaccines BA4/5 and BA1. About 95 percent of the new vaccines have recently been used throughout the region.

“Parents are less accepting of the offer for their children,” says the doctor. Children must not receive the new vaccine adapted to Omicron. “They get the same vaccine they’ve had for two years,” says the doctor. She has an explanation for the reluctance among parents: “Not as many vaccination recommendations are made for children,” she says, “and many parents prefer to go straight to the pediatrician. They are familiar with that and it is often more comfortable for them. “

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Not for children: The new BA4/5 Corona vaccine is only given to adults.

Not for children: The new BA4/5 Corona vaccine is only given to adults.

Still, she thinks it is important that the vaccination facilities remain in Garbsen. “Vaccinations remain important,” says Berla. The new variant again causes more lung symptoms. “The amount of vaccine is very small. It actually doesn’t hurt because it doesn’t take up much space.” Children get 0.2 milliliters, adults 0.3 milliliters. “You can pop in here spontaneously without an appointment, even at the weekend. For many parents, it is more comfortable than going to the doctor,” says Berla. “It’s good that you’re so flexible here.”

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Both would like more publicity for the vaccination centre. “For example, exhibitions in the kiosk at Herouville-St.-Cair-Platz would be great, it’s lively there,” says the doctor. But Gatzek sees a downside. “On the other hand, it can happen that opponents of vaccination come by and try to talk parents out of getting their children vaccinated. It happened in Uetze. “But more advertising would be nice.”

Relaxing and calm

Children react very differently to the vaccination, says the doctor. “Most of them are very brave and doing well,” she says. “But some are afraid. They can simply come back the next day and try again.” To ensure that the children at the Auf der Horst vaccination center have as relaxed a stay as possible, they can color mandalas. “It’s actually quite cozy here, so relaxing and calm,” notes the doctor. Information on vaccination options can be found at www.hannover.de.

These are the vaccination offers in the region of Garbsen from 10 to 16 October: Social center in Werner-Baesmann-Park, Immenweg 5, Monday to Wednesday from 10:00 to 16:00 and Wednesday from 17:30 to 21:00. In the meeting place at Hérouville-St.-Clair-Platz, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The region offers vaccinations for children once a month in Garbsen.

By Franziska Hubl

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