Queuing in front of the vaccination bus at the university

A red and white double-decker bus in front of the main building of the Technical University of Berlin, a small party tent, a few chairs for those waiting: there it is, the low-threshold offer to all unvaccinated people studying at the TU or work or just on Thursday morning in the drizzle on the street of the 17. June 135 in Charlottenburg.

And it works. From morning to afternoon, the queue of those who want to be vaccinated does not stop. “For me it is the easiest way to get vaccinated, I want to take the chance,” says Amor, a 19 – year-old freshman in computer science and physics, the Tagesspiegel.

The decision to join the TU here and now is that simple To get the syringe, but then not. Amor had already arranged a vaccination appointment with Johnson & Johnson and is still on the phone with his mother from the queue to consult with her.

Green light from home: Keeps double vaccination better

With one Johnson dose he would have full protection faster, with two doses of Biontech or Moderna, which are in the vaccination bus, he would have to spend a few more weeks for the rapid tests each 24 pay euros to meet the university’s 3G rule. Then there is the green light from home: Double vaccination is better, we can handle the test costs.

This means that the young Berliner belongs to the group of students who are unvaccinated at the start of the semester, but not are unwilling to vaccinate. This is exactly the target group of the vaccination campaign, which will take place on Friday from 9 to 15 again at the TU and also in front of the Grimm Library of the Humboldt University as well as on Monday at the Free University in Kaiserswerther Straße 16 – 18 takes place.

The TU now wanted to know more precisely how the first-year students are ready to be vaccinated. At the end of September, she asked around 6000 applicants to take part in a survey. 3131 of them participated – an unusually high rate of good 50 percent. According to this, 65 percent of the first-year students surveyed, two percent first vaccinated, one percent recovered and eight percent unvaccinated.

Higher willingness to vaccinate among unvaccinated freshmen

Of the 262 Unvaccinated gifts 96 (36, 6 percent) to want to accept a vaccination offer from the university. This percentage is significantly higher than the student body from ten state and church universities surveyed across Berlin in August. Of the round 42. 000 Participants were 13, 6 percent not vaccinated and only 16, 2 percent of them could imagine accepting a vaccination offer.

Über der Eingangstür des TU-Hauptgebäudes hängt ein Banner mit dem Schriftzug

The appeal at the main building of the TU Berlin seems to work, according to the press office, the action on 14. October 65 … Photo: Felix Noak / TU Berlin

In the queue in front of the vaccination bus at the TU, everyone has their own story about why the vaccination appointment was made beforehand did not work, but fits today. “I didn’t really want to, but it is necessary for the course,” says Wu (25) studying chemistry. 3G at the university means no vaccination or certificate for those who have recovered, for each course on campus at most one 48 To show an official test that is hours old – and to pay for it every time.

Student Wu doubts: “Every body heals itself”

The alternative of continuing to study online, says Wu, would be the most convenient for him because he lives on the other end of town. But far from all lectures are streamed. And in chemistry in particular, the laboratory internships require presence anyway. So Wu is now acting against his conviction, which is: “Every body has the natural ability to heal itself. And vaccination is something unnatural.”

Wu joins in and says: “I’m not very sure if that’s right because it’s just some kind of bus.” In fact, it is one of four newly equipped mobile vaccinations that are operated by aid organizations such as Malteser, DRK and DLRG on behalf of the Senate Department for Health. Moderna is vaccinated by the young doctors, and Biontech should also be available in some cases.

Ashley starts studying abroad at the TU vaccination event. The 20 – year old has just arrived from Kenya to do her master’s degree in Berlin to do in environmental planning. In the morning at the introductory event, she failed at the entrance control. “Vaccinated only once with Astrazeneca, please for the test,” I was told, “says Ashley.

Astrazeneca in Kenya, Moderna in Berlin

A fellow student who noticed this showed her the test tent that has been standing in front of the TU main building for months – and the vaccination bus. Ashley is about to get in line, she says she is happy “to be able to complete my vaccination today”. She had only received the Astra dose shortly before leaving for Germany, in Kenya the vaccination priority is still on older people.

In front of her is Dilara (

), student of labor apprenticeship. Why is she only getting vaccinated now? “I’m not a vaccination opponent, everything just dragged on because I was abroad.” She also had an appointment at the vaccination center, but the offer from her own university came at the right time to be a few days in advance.

Part of the vaccination event at the TU is that a Hertha BSC employee should give two offers free tickets for the next games in the Olympic Stadium. The TU is giving away fabric backpacks with the university logo and giving away laptops. Therefore, of course, nobody stands in the vaccination line, says Amor. “Of course, if I can find someone who comes with me, I would go to Hertha.”

He is focused on other things: on his introductory events, the first lectures – and on his student ID which he still has to wait due to technical difficulties at the university. He graduated from high school in June and sees “stark differences to school, especially in terms of self-organization”. Cupid is happy to have mentors on hand to help with this. And about his decision to get vaccinated, which makes a lot of things easier at the university.

You can find more October dates for the mobile vaccination campaign of the aid organizations – not only for universities – here.

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