A joint press release from the AOK Nordwest and the nationwide GEHE Pharmahandel reveals that a model project is to be set up in the state of Schleswig-Holstein for people with statutory health insurance from the AOK Nordwest, with the aim of improving medical care. In detail, the project involves the participation of 150 pharmacies that agree to make flu vaccinations possible.
Pharmacists could then vaccinate people in stationary pharmacies in Schleswig-Holstein over three influenza seasons, also to increase vaccination readiness. Only 35 percent of people over the age of 60 are regularly vaccinated. Vaccination in local pharmacies, such as those in Lübeck, Kiel, Flensburg, the Dithmarschen district and Ostholstein, would increase the vaccination rate. Vaccinating close to home at the doctor’s office and now more recently at the pharmacy on the basis of the measles protection law introduced in March 2020 offers real added value for patients because it is close to the patient and quality-assured. Initial preparations for the next flu season are already underway. This includes logistics, membership declarations from many pharmacies and also training offers in theory and practice via the GEHE-AKADEMIE.
The legally insured members of the AOK Northwest with over 2.9 million insured persons – 700,000 of them in Schleswig-Holstein (2.2 million in Westphalia-Lippe) – benefit from the model project, which is unique in Germany, and which is supported by the pharmaceutical wholesaler and pharmacy cooperation partner GEHE. The pharmaceutical wholesaler GEHE is a subsidiary of Alliance Healthcare Germany and has recently formed a joint venture with the latter. The parent company of the merger is Walgreens Boots Alliance with 70 percent.