Project 100% – How Can We Make the COVID Vaccination Campaign Successful?
Since the last December, COVID vaccines are distributed in Germany to stop the spread of the disease and to reduce the probability of having severe illnesses in case of being infected. After its climax of 800,000 second vaccinations in June and more than 1,000,000 first vaccinations one day in May, the German vaccination campaign is only showing slow progress. For instance, the number of second vaccinations declined in October this year to roughly 50,000 and the so-called booster vaccinations show numbers that are only marginally higher (RKI 2021). At the same time, the daily number of infections is rising rapidly again. In order to that, it seems more urgent than ever before to distribute as many vaccines as possible.
Positive examples like the one of Portugal show that it is indeed possible to vaccinate the majority of the people to prevent the so-called fourth wave of infections. In Portugal, more than 80% are already vaccinated (WHO 2021) and the disease’s spreading speed is comparably low. In contrast, the German share of fully vaccinated people is at under 70% at the beginning of November with some federal states like the Free State of Saxony not even having a share of 60% (RKI 2021).
How could it be possible, to vaccinate also enough German people to arrive at the famous herd immunity? Will the so-called 2G-regulations (Access for vaccinated (“Geimpft”) and fully recovered (“Genesen”) people only) be useful to achieve that aim? How can anti-vaccinationists be convinced if they do not rely on public information and mistrust science in general? Or is designing further incentives to getting vaccinated rather the key to success? First tries used sausages or drinks for free, and shopping gift cards, inter alia. But how can we set the general vaccination incentives so that even the last third of the German population can be convinced to getting vaccinated? Students are asked to develop creative and promising ideas that can help to accomplish the “project 100%”.
RKI. 2021. Tabelle mit den gemeldeten Impfungen nach Bundesländern und Impfquote nach Altersgruppen. Last access on 10.11.2021 at: https://bit.ly/3nh3oID
WHO. 2021. WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard. Last access on 10.11.2021 at: https://covid19.who.int/