Welcome! Please join us as we explain the procedure for getting a Covid-19 vaccination at the Frauenfeld vaccination centre.
Hirslanden has been operating the vaccination centre near the train station by order of the Canton of Thurgau since 14 January. Nurse I.G. welcomes patients, who are usually vaccinated every five minutes. The first group to be vaccinated includes people aged 75 and over as well as those with chronic diseases who are most at risk of contracting a severe case of Covid-19. Appointments are arranged via the family doctor or the online portal.
Explanation and consent
Before the vaccination is administered, patients are informed about the procedure and asked to fill out a questionnaire. Here they are asked, amongst other things, whether they have any allergies or are taking any blood-thinning medication. "Many people are already familiar with this from the annual flu vaccination", says registered nurse H.O.H, who helps people to fill out the questionnaire.
The Covid-19 vaccine must be stored properly to be effective. The vaccine is sent to Frauenfeld from the pharmacy of the Münsterlingen Cantonal Hospital while it is still frozen. Once the vaccine has defrosted, it can be kept in the fridge for just a few days. The temperature is checked at regular intervals.
Preparing the vaccine
The ampoules of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine are smaller than a thumb in size. The medicine is prepared in a complicated procedure right before the vaccination. If a patient cancels their vaccination, the nurses then call other patients on the vaccine waiting list. No dose may be wasted.
The Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is carefully mixed with saline solution before it is administered. "This requires the utmost concentration and is not comparable with a flu vaccination," says registered nurse H.O.H.
Ideally, six doses of vaccine can be prepared from one ampoule of Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.
Vaccine must be covered
The vaccine is not only extremely sensitive to temperature but must also be protected from the light. Therefore, it is covered with aluminium foil until the vaccination, and must be administered within two hours.
Only a little prick
Many people who want to get the vaccination have waited months for this little prick. "Basically, the prick feels no different to that of the annual flu vaccination;" says registered nurse J.B. Under the current plan, all Thurgau residents can have a Covid-19 vaccination by summer if they wish.
Done! Half an hour after they are admitted to the vaccination centre, visitors can leave the tent with their vaccination certificate. “However, before they do they have to wait for 15 minutes to see whether any problems arise," says Dr M.J. "Happily, though, the recipients to date have tolerated the vaccine very well". However, it is not yet approved for pregnant women and young people under the age of 16.