Zahlreiche Menschen stehen in einer Schlange am Ringcenter, um sich in der neuen Impfstelle des Arbeiter-Samariter-Bunds (ASB) gegen das Coronavirus impfen zu lassen. +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

Berlin is preparing for the Corona autumn with various scenarios: If a virus variant emerges that makes you sicker than the current ones and against which the currently available vaccines and infections that have been passed offer little protection, there are plans to start up the vaccination structures again. This was announced by a spokeswoman for the health administration at the request of the daily mirror.

Vaccinations are currently being offered at the Ring-Center vaccination center and by twelve mobile vaccination teams, which, in coordination with the districts, enable low-threshold vaccinations. Because more and more vaccinations are being carried out by resident doctors, the large centralized capacities of the vaccination centers are currently not needed, the spokeswoman said.

In the event of an unfavorable scenario, the administration will consult with the Berlin Medical Association, the Berlin Medical Association, the Berlin Dental Association and the Berlin Chamber of Pharmacists. You could then establish corona vaccination facilities that create a “flexible and local vaccination offer”. For such a scenario, one is in the process of “making (also financial) provisions”.

In the case of a less pathogenic virus variant or one with a similarly high disease burden as with the currently predominant omicron subline BA.5, the vaccinations could continue to be carried out in the private sector, said the Senate spokeswoman. If necessary, mobile vaccination teams could be used to support the vaccination of particularly vulnerable and immobile people, it said.

In addition, an information campaign is planned for the autumn. Funds have also been registered for the 2022 budget. The willingness to vaccinate could be increased with so-called vaccination slots. There are districts that have already had experience with vaccination officers, who are called “vaccination ambassadors” here. “We use the summer months to evaluate experiences with these districts and to discuss a new edition and, if necessary, expansion of such activities.”