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New 2021 Corona Special

Vaccinate, Protect, Save Lives

The number of new corona infections in Germany is rising again. With the onset of the cold season, the fourth wave is rolling in. Almost all infections are now caused by the highly contagious delta variant of the virus.

Vaccination with the approved vaccines has been proven to be the most reliable protection. But the long-awaited vaccination offers are taken up only hesitantly. Their benefit is also still controversial in parts of the population. This is a particular challenge for young at-risk patients under the age of 12. For them, a vaccination recommendation is still pending.

The risks of vaccination are vanishingly small

BioNTech and Moderna's mRNA vaccines have been shown to be well tolerated by people with congenital heart defects 12 years of age and older, and their efficacy is the best protection against infection, severe disease progression and complications such as Long Covid and PIMS. "Like the Ständige Impfkommission (STIKO), we are guided by what has also been scientifically proven for children and adolescents. The risks of vaccination are negligible compared to the high risks of infection," says Professor Hans-Heiner Kramer, chairman of the expert panel and member of the steering committee of the Competence Network for Congenital Heart Defects.

Unvaccinated people endanger themselves and others

The pediatric cardiologist and emeritus professor at Kiel Christian Albrechts University (CAU) also warns: "Anyone who does not get fully vaccinated is unnecessarily exposing themselves and others to significantly higher risks." In addition to infection with the Corona virus, this also includes social risks, especially for children under the age of twelve who cannot yet be vaccinated. "For those at risk under the age of twelve, this may necessitate precautionary measures that make it more difficult for them to participate in social life. Contact restrictions and homeschooling have already led to enormous stress and restrictions on the quality of life for many children and adolescents, the consequences of which are severe," says Professor Hans-Heiner Kramer.

Fact check instead of fake news

Despite many scientifically proven facts and corresponding recommendations, for example by the independent experts of the STIKO: The pandemic, its triggers and its consequences continue to raise many open questions for research. At the same time, there is a great deal of misleading misinformation and false claims circulating alongside established findings. This makes it difficult for many to find reliable answers. Find out what experts know and recommend in our Corona Special and in the German Heart Foundation's fact check with the pediatric cardiologist Professor Dietmar Schranz from Frankfurt. 

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