Local news translated – Friday, Dec 13, 2021

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HN Update, December 13

Yellow vaccination certificate is no longer sufficient in many places – Great demand for digital proof of vaccination
Stuttgart – Since December 1, only digital proof of vaccination has guaranteed entrance to venues. Brigitte Beck, an employee at Café Schurr in Heslach, notes that most have a digital proof of vaccination, either on their cell phone or as a check card, and some would come with the slip of paper with the QR code. “We have a lot of older clientele, but they’re just as digital, sometimes responding even faster,” Beck says. Paul Woog of concert promoter SKS Russ also reports only a “vanishingly small number” of visitors who don’t have a digital vaccination card: “At a concert a week ago, out of 670 visitors, only four or five came with the yellow vaccination card.”  

The rush for the digital vaccination certificate is huge. A pharmacy issues 70 to 80 certificates per day. It takes three to four minutes per certificate, but only if the server is working. But if it runs bumpily, it takes ten minutes. And that’s the rule: “That’s normal when 15,000 pharmacies try to access at the same time.”  Actually, this should have been the job of the city hall’s office, since it’s not medical. But we pharmacists have said we’ll get it done, since no one else has raised their hand.” In general, he finds it “understandable, but still remarkable” that vaccination cards are declared no longer valid. “It’s a basic admission of failure,”  in the pharmacist’s opinion, it was neglected to include the digital vaccination passport right at the time of vaccination.  

Now pharmacies have to deal with the forged passports. Recently, for example, a young man came in and presented a yellow vaccination card with a printing date that was more recent than the vaccinations entered. City Manager Sven Hahn also sees problems for retailers with the vaccination records. The demands on the staff carrying out the checks have grown massively: in the beginning, the checks were random, but now the inspectors not only have to check the ID card and the digital proof of vaccination, but in the catering trade they also have to look at how long ago the vaccination was given. In most stores, the checks are carried out by the staff – in addition to their actual work. Some larger stores have hired extra people, mostly from the security service, (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Dec 13)

Vaccination centers in Stuttgart – 50,000 jabs in the city
Stuttgart – Only two weeks ago, the vaccination center of the Klinikum Stuttgart in Königstraße was launched. Since then, there have been 50,000 vaccinations. Sanja Dier received the 50,000th last Friday. “It’s a matter of course for me to get vaccinated,” said the Stuttgart resident. She said she got an appointment “super fast” at the vaccination station on Königstraße: “And everything was done in ten minutes.” 

Since November 25, the vaccination station has been vaccinating for eleven hours every day without a break. It started in a trial run with 1000 vaccinations, the offer has since been continuously increased to now 5000 vaccinations a day. The booster vaccination is in particular demand. The vaccination station was set up in a record time of just four days. The German Armed Forces support the operation in the former sports arena with 30 soldiers. They support 24 doctors and 60 other staff members. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Dec 13)

Nighttime curfews in force
Since Saturday, 11 December, a nighttime curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.is in place in Stuttgart for non-vaccinated and non-recovered people. Stuttgart imposed the curfew after its 7-D-I went above 500 for the second consecutive day. At present, nighttime curfews are in effect in 24 of B-W’s 44 counties and city districts. In the USAG Stuttgart footprint, in addition to Stuttgart, those include LK Calw and LK Esslingen. Non-vaccinated people are only allowed to leave their quarters during the hours of curfew for a valid reason. Valid reasons include dangers to life and limb, medical treatment, individual sport outdoors, religious services, work and professional or volunteer activities in disaster preparedness functions, visits to spouses or life partners, care of the infirm or dying, and care for animals. Curfews exit force when the affected county’s or city district’s 7-D-I falls below 500 for five consecutive days. (Stuttgarter Zeiitung, Dec 13)

Vaccination for children
On Thursday, 09 DEC 21, Germany’s Standing Immunization Commission (STIKO) announced its recommendation for the vaccination of children with pre-existing conditions between the ages of 5 and 11. The recommendation also included vaccination for healthy children in that age group when the children and their parents desire it and they have received medical information on the vaccination. STIKO stopped short of making a general recommendation for the vaccination of children 5 to 11 years old, noting that most infections in that age group are asymptomatic, they have only a minor risk of severe illness, hospitalization, or intensive care treatment, and the risk of side effects is still largely unknown due to the limited amount of data available. In B-W, vaccination of children 5 to 11 years old began today using a vaccine especially prepared for children. Pediatricians will be the primary sources for child vaccinations, although Stuttgart will offer appointments for children in the Immunization Center in the Schleyerhalle beginning Wednesday, and the Education Ministry is planning to conduct vaccination actions at 13 to 15 schools in the state. B-W currently plans to administer up to 300,000 doses. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Dec 13)

Non-COVID related news: 

S-Bahn in Böblingen – Fire department evacuates 50 passengers
The Böblingen fire department was called out to evacuate a commuter train that had come to a standstill due to a power failure at around 11:08 a.m. on Saturday. The S-Bahn of the line S1 from Böblingen in the direction of Herrenberg stopped shortly after the stop Böblingen-Hulb due to a power failure of the track. The fire department was called in and used portable ladders to evacuate the 50 or so passengers. A public bus was then available for the passengers. 

In the employment about 20 task forces with two assistance fire-fighting vehicles, an equipment car as well as the train leader of the service, the task line service and the press service of the fire-brigade Böblingen were. Several police officers and emergency managers from Deutsche Bahn supported the evacuation operation. Hanns-Klemm-Straße had to be closed briefly by the police for the duration of the operation. According to Deutsche Bahn, the reason for the rail vehicle coming to a halt was a “complicated overhead line malfunction.” The line was closed from 9:40 a.m. to 4 p.m.. A rail replacement service was provided.