Pharmacists will soon be allowed to flu vaccinations to perform

The Grand coalition wants to allow it, soon, pharmacists, influenza vaccinations administered. A corresponding passage can be found in the Amendment of the fractions of the CDU/CSU and SPD for measles protection act. The reason for this is mentioned in the request, the “increase of vaccination Coverage levels for influenza vaccinations in Germany”.

By a further low-threshold access to vaccinations more people should have the opportunity to protect yourself from the flu. However, only adult patients are allowed pharmacists to be vaccinated, the pharmacist must be also trained medically for it. The Amendment provides for the flu vaccination in a pharmacy for five years in a regional model experiment.

Doctors consider Plan “not acceptable”

The criticism comes especially from the Doctors. The Chairman of the German family doctors ‘ Association, Ulrich Weigeldt, explained in the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, the Plan was “not acceptable”. “Vaccinations do not belong in a pharmacy, the learned pharmacist never,” said Weigeldt. The kassenärztliche Vereinigung Westfalen-Lippe (KVWL) spoke out against the proposal. “We see no need at all to established and well-working break down structures and responsibilities to weaken,“ said KVWL-Vice Chairman, Volker Schrage.

On the part of the Doctors, it is argued that pharmacists had the necessary medical knowledge and in addition, Doctors would have an Overview of the disease history of the patient. So you might understand better, and for whom the vaccination is appropriate or not suitable. The head of the health insurance Fund AOK Rheinland/Hamburg, Günter Wältermann, sees the Plan of the Grand coalition, however, positive. The “Rheinische Post” says he, “Let the pharmacist be vaccinated against influenza, if we increase the vaccination rate, and many flu can prevent deaths.”

The flu vaccination is recommended by the Standing Committee on vaccination especially for people aged 60 and over, Pregnant women, and persons with increased health risk. The law is expected to be before Christmas in the Bundestag decided.

Sources: Amendment of the Bundestag parliamentary groups of the CDU/CSU and the SPD / “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” / “Rheinische Post” / Standing Committee on vaccination

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