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)

Other homes are due to follow in the coming days, with one of the logistics being to match up the availables doses that the teams receive to the size of the care homes that need visiting, whilst at the same time making sure that the vaccine is given within three days of delivery.

Otherwise, the first wave of vaccinations is due to be given to medical staff considered to be at high risk of catching the virus and people aged 80 and over.


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About Graham

Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.


  1. It is great to see that finally people are being vaccinated. I work in a nuring home, so I know how much people have been suffering because of lack of contact with their loved ones.

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