While Biontech’s corona vaccine is in high demand, some doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine end up in the trash. The Nuremberg vaccination center is also affected by this situation, said the head of the Nuremberg City Vaccination Coordination Office Rolf Rabenstein of Bayerischer Rundfunk.
Moderna’s limited shelf life is an issue
“In the past few weeks, no dose of Biontech vaccine has expired in Nuremberg,” Rabenstein said. Surplus Biontech vaccine will be administered to general practitioners in Nuremberg. According to Rabenstein, medical residents have received around 400 vials of the vaccine in the past few weeks. The moderna vaccine, however, is not accepted by general practitioners. Since vaccines are shipped thawed, they have a limited shelf life. Therefore, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines have to be phased out over and over again.
Logistical challenge for general practitioners
General practitioner Dr. Tilman Gothner from Lonnerstadt in the district of Neustadt an der Aisch-Bad Windsheim confirms the problem. While there are enough vaccines available from Moderna, they are having issues with the delivery of the much more popular Biontech vaccine. Since the vaccine does not come thawed to the doctor’s office, the vaccine can only be stored for two weeks by doctors before it needs to be inoculated. It’s an almost impossible logistical challenge for training teams.
Vaccinations with general practitioners are difficult to plan
He would also like to be able to order the delivery of the Biontech vaccine in a shorter timeframe. “We always have to see how many people we have vaccinated, how many interested, then we make appointments. Patients want to be able to plan, but that is not possible because you have to look week after week to see how much it costs. during childbirth, ”said the doctor. “There is a lot of sand in the machine,” says Gothner. The ordering process is “incredibly bureaucratic” and the amount of Biontech cans he receives per week can be inoculated in a day. He wants the possibility of individual and short-term online orders. So far, orders must be placed two weeks in advance and with uncertainty about the actual delivery quantities.
Family physicians’ association criticizes key to vaccine distribution
The doctor regrets that the Moderna vaccine ends up in the trash several times. “It’s a shame and makes us sad that many think Moderna is an inferior vaccine, which it actually isn’t.” The chairman of the Bavarian General Practitioners Association, Dr. Markus Beier from Erlangen criticizes the current vaccine distribution strategy: “The distribution key is very problematic for general practitioners because only the smallest quantities of Biontech are there. delivered and immunization centers and medical supply centers can order many more. As an association of general practitioners, we have been criticizing this injustice for months, ”Beier said.