Stuttgart airport passengers offered Covid vaccine without appointment

Stuttgart airport passengers offered Covid vaccine without appointment
Travellers waiting at the Covid test centre at Stuttgart airport in August 2020. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Christoph Schmidt
People travelling from Stuttgart airport can get a Covid vaccine without prior appointment by presenting their airline tickets.

The state is offering an easy route to get jabbed for anyone planning to fly soon, said state health minister Manne Lucha, of the Greens, on Monday. 

Travellers taking off from Stuttgart from Wednesday July 14th only have to present their tickets, or other proof of booking, to get their shot at the vaccination centre (Impfzentrum Landesmesse) next to the airport without registering in advance or making an appointment. 

They can head to the centre on the way to the airport before their flight – if they make sure they have plenty of time – or they can get a shot any time before they travel. 

It makes sense to get vaccinated before you start your trip, “in order to achieve the best possible protection”, said Lucha. 

The health ministry said holidaymakers who want to get their jab on the day of their flight should allow four hours so they have enough time to get the vaccine and go through check-in and security. 

“In order to further advance the vaccination campaign, we have to join forces and make attractive offers,” said Lucha. Currently, there are plenty of free appointments at the vaccination centre, he added. 

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It is also possible to reserve a spot at the centre in advance, the airport said in a press release. 

People can use the offer to get a first or second vaccine dose, according to the state health ministry. The mRNA vaccines BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna are available. 

German authorities recently said that anyone who’s had the AstraZeneca vaccine for the first dose, should get an mRNA vaccine for the second jab. 

Those who get the Johnson & Johnson jab only require one dose. 

Meanwhile, a pilot project started at the weekend in Stuttgart offering students at city universities a jab at the Robert Bosch Hospital. A total of around 6,000 doses are available. The vaccination campaign for students runs until July 14th.

Vaccine demand stalling

Demand for Covid vaccines in Germany is stagnating, leading to calls from health experts and politicians to get more creative when offering the jab. 

In Berlin, the first drive-through vaccination station is being set up at the Ikea car park on Landsberger Allee, in the north of the city. 

From Saturday, people will be able to get either the Johnson & Johnson or Moderna jab without an appointment. 

The latest figures show 58.5 percent of the population has had at least one jab, and 42.6 percent are fully vaccinated. But the number of people receiving jabs daily has gone down considerably in the past week. 

On Monday, Health Minister Jens Spahn, of the CDU, tweeted to say that doctors had administered “as few first doses… as in February,” when Germany was struggling to gets its inoculation campaign off the ground. 

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“Unlike February, we now have enough vaccines,” Spahn added. “The fact remains: please get vaccinated!”

Vocabulary 

Travellers – (die) Reisende 

On the way – auf dem Weg 

Flight – (die) Flugreise

Near or close to – in der Nähe (von)

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