Mercedes-Benz Actros Vaccination Lab for Rems-Murr District
In the fight against the corona virus pandemic and in a bid to speed up the vaccination campaign in the Rems-Murr district, the head o
In the fight against the corona virus pandemic and in a bid to speed up the vaccination campaign in the Rems-Murr district, the head of the district's council, Dr Richard Sigel has joined forces with Baden-Württemberg's Ministry for Social Affairs and drawn up a unique concept within the State of Baden-Württemberg which will see a mobile doctor's practice being used directly in the towns and villages of the district.
The Rems-Murr district has a number of densely populated industrial centres, but also many large countryside areas which form part of the Swabian forest nature park. And these small and sometimes difficult-to-reach villages also need to be included in the vaccination programme. This is thus the very reason that the district's council sought the assistance of the German Red Cross mobile medical supply unit – a mobile doctor's surgery towed by a Mercedes-Benz Actros 1848 LS tractor unit. The vaccination truck now drives directly to high-risk older patients who often also suffer from reduced mobility.
A plan has been determined which will see the truck stop in every town and village in the district. As part of the route planning, the second vaccination dose also gets calculated in directly. This has to take place three weeks after the initial dose, so after that time, the truck restarts its route from the beginning. Once that route is complete, the locations to which the truck hasn't yet been will also be served. On a daily basis, as many as 130 vaccinations are administered. This method will allow a total of at least 10,000 additional vaccinations to be given, and thus more than 5,000 inhabitants over the age of 80 in the Rems-Murr district will have the best-possible protection against the virus. On-board the truck, currently only the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine is used.
The Rems-Murr district is also willing to use their experience from this unique project to help other districts carry out such a project for similar-sized or highly populated counties. The project may therefore become a role model for others – provided that sufficient vaccination doses are available.
An integral component of the mobile medical supply unit is the Mercedes-Benz Actros 1848 LS tractor unit. Just like the semitrailer, the towing vehicle is also painted in light ivory. The front of the Actros and its doors bear the German Red Cross logo. In line with its equipment as an emergency response vehicle, the Mercedes-Benz tractor unit is also fitted with two blue lights and a siren, not to mention digital two-way radio equipment.