• S. Loesser

Nordrhein-Westfalen receives Moderna vaccine: 13,200 vaccine doses arrived

Updated: Jan 23, 2021

On 12 January 2021 the Ministerium für Arbeit, Gesundheit und Soziales des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (Minstery of Labour, Health and Welfare of North Rhine Westphalia) announced that following the approval of the Moderna vaccine by the (European Commission), the first delivery of 13,200 vaccine doses from the Bund (federal government) has arrived in Nordrhein-Westfalen. Since two vaccine doses are needed for complete immunisation and half of the vaccine doses are initially withheld, to start with, 6,600 people can be vaccinated. The second vaccination follows after four weeks.

"I am glad that we have another vaccine at hand with Moderna. All Moderna vaccine doses will soon be provided to several institutions in Nordrhein-Westfalen and vaccinated there. Due to the small quantity we will write to the North Rhine-Westphalian Unikliniken (university hospitals) and some Maximalversorger (maximum care hospitals) and offer them the vaccine,"

explains Gesundheitsminister (Minister of Health) Karl-Josef Laumann.

The Moderna vaccine will be delivered to the North Rhine-Westphalian central warehouse at minus 20 degrees and stored there. In defrosted condition the vaccine can be carefully transported further at two to eight degrees and with little vibration. Each vial contains ten ready-to-use vaccine doses that can be extracted individually.

"In view of the limited quantities available, vaccination in Nordrhein-Westfalen has gotten off to a good start. So far, more than 170,000 vaccinations have been carried out in North Rhine-Westphalian care facilities,"

says Minister Laumann.

Beyond that, it is also planned to make vaccination offers to all hospital employees in hospital departments particularly affected by Covid-19 (e.g. emergency rooms, Covid-19 wards) from 18 January 2021.

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