The vaccinations have started

Vaccinations against the Coronavirus officially started today (27th December) in Germany, but one senior citizen in the town of Halberstadt in Saxony-Anhalt had a head start yesterday, making the 101-year-old Edith Kwoizalla the first person in the country to receive the vaccine.

Locally, whilst the number of vaccine units available is not enough to put the vaccination centre into full operation, it is being using as a starting point for mobile teams visiting care homes. The first of which visited the Alten- und Pflegeheim Haus Emmaus in Oberursel this morning, accompanied by local government representatives, to vaccinate both staff and residents.

The first mobile team at Alten- und Pflegeheim Haus Emmaus in Oberursel (Photo: Hochtaunuskreis)

The mobile team at Haus Emmaus in Oberursel on 27th December, 2020 (Photo provided by Hochtaunuskreis)

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The Vaccination Centre in Bad Homburg

Last week I was given the chance to take a look around the new vaccination centre, that has been set up in Bad Homburg in an office building once used by Hewlett-Packard.

Located next to a busy by-pass, the building is actually only 200m from the nearest bus stop with buses every 15 minutes at peak times, and 300m from the nearest U-Bahn station. Looking at the aerial photograph, it appears to have round 260 car parking spaces, and the car park will also be home to an area for dogs to stay whilst their owners are having their vaccinations.

The vaccination centre in Bad Homburg

Inside the building, we were shown around by the deputy district administrator Thorsten Schorr, the head of the local disaster control agency Carsten Lauer, and Dr. med. Dipl.-Jur. Nikolaos Sapoutzis from the local public health authority.

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VE75 in Oberursel

Whilst the UK commemorates the 75th Anniversay of VE Day, Germany calls it the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation from National Socialism.

Commemoration events in Oberursel were held at the Opferdenkmal (memorial to victims of the National Socialism) and at the stone in front of the town hall, which contains a quote from Richard von Weizsäcker, who was Germany’s President at the time of the 40th anniversary.

“Wir Gedenken in Trauer aller Opfer des Krieges und der Gewaltherrschaft.  Nur wer die Vergangenheit verleugnet, ist in der schrecklichen Gefahr, sie zu wiederholen.”

Opferdenkmal, 8th May, 2020
Gedenkstein am Rathausplatz, 8th May 2020

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