Canton Zug, 27.01.2021

Delivery bottlenecks for Covid-19 vaccine

Supply bottlenecks for the Corona vaccines mean that some dates for the first vaccination have had to be postponed by one week in the canton of Zug. The affected persons will be contacted directly by text messages (SMS).

The Corona Vaccination Centre in Baar administered around 7,000 vaccinations in the first two weeks, as the Canton of Zug reported in a press release on Tuesday. The canton is pursuing the strategy of administering the available doses as quickly as possible in order to protect the most vulnerable persons from corona infection as soon as possible. But the communication goes on to say: "Due to worldwide unforeseen delivery delays for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, individual dates for initial vaccinations have now had to be postponed by one week."

The affected persons will be informed directly by text message, and the Reservation Hotline of the Vaccination Centre will contact those persons who only have a landline number.

Second vaccinations possible on schedule
This postponement is necessary in order to ensure the timely administration of the secondary vaccinations. "The second vaccination cannot be postponed at will without compromising its effectiveness," says cantonal doctor Rudolf Hauri in the press release. And continues: "It is therefore a top priority that these second vaccination doses should be administered on time."

By shifting around 450 initial vaccinations, the available doses of vaccination can be used in a way that will guarantee this. The secondary vaccination will be carried out using the same vaccine as for the initial vaccination.

Reservation hotline remains in operation
As a result of these shifts, no vaccinations will be carried out at the Corona Vaccination Centre in Baar from 28 to 31 January 2021. The Reservation Hotline of the Vaccination Centre, on 041 531 48 00, will remain in operation at the usual times, however, daily from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Covid statistics
The number of Covid-19 cases in Switzerland continues to drop, with a daily average of 1,940 cases (over the last 7 days). That’s an average of 158 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Deaths are down to an average of 33 a day, and the occupancy of Covid-19 intensive beds is at 84%.

On the negative side, the new variants of the virus have now spread throughout the country – with 14 registered cases in the canton of Lucerne – meaning that, unless properly contained, the numbers of cases is expected to rise again by mid-February.

Overall figures for the Canton of Zug as of 26 January 2021, 8:00 a.m.

21        new cases in the last 24 hours, down from 65 last week

8          hospitalisations – same as last week, 2 in intensive care

5,875   cases since the start of the pandemic

5,541   recovering persons since the beginning of the pandemic

107      deaths since the start of the pandemic – increase of 19 in the last 14 days