Preparations had been underway for days - vaccination booths were set up, walkways marked, waiting areas defined. Today (10 June), the Lenze vaccination center in Extertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, went live. More than 150 employees got their first vaccination against the Corona virus on Day 1. The automation specialist from Hamelin had made the voluntary vaccination offer to its workforce in Germany. Up to three doctors will administer around 850 vaccinations over the next few weeks - depending on the availability of the vaccine.
With the onset of the Corona pandemic, Lenze has taken many measures to provide its employees with the best possible protection against an infection. Hygiene and safety concepts, rapid tests, continuous information, equalized production shifts and working out of the "home office" have been the order of the day. So far, the company has come through the pandemic well. There have only been isolated cases of Corona within Lenze worldwide, but these have not led to any infection within the workforce.
Lenze CEO Christian Wendler proudly: "The well-being of our employees is of particular concern to us. So, it was clear from the start that we would offer vaccinations as soon as it was possible. The fact that Lenze now operates its own vaccination center is a great achievement by everyone involved. In this way, we are not only fulfilling our duty of care to our workforce, but also our social responsibility."
At the Lenze Vaccination Center, up to three doctors can administer Corona vaccinations simultaneously, depending on the quantities of vaccine delivered. On the first day of vaccination, around 20 percent of the registered employees received their jabs. Dr. Thomas Keller, Head of Environment, Health and Safety at Lenze, looks back: "After many weeks of planning and organization, we are so pleased with the very positive outcome of the first vaccination day. We are now hoping for a speedy delivery of the next vaccination doses so that we can offer our colleagues an appointment as soon as possible. The capacities in the vaccination center are far from exhausted."
Dr. Stefan Gansweid, Lenze company physician, adds, "All of us here at the Lenze Vaccination Center are in good spirits that we will be able to help many employees receive a Corona vaccination in the coming weeks. The comprehensive information provided to the workforce in advance ensured a smooth process today, so that we have made rapid progress. The mood among the team and the people to be vaccinated was good."
In addition to its permanent employees, Lenze also offered vaccinations to its temporary workers and external service providers early on in the vaccination process. In five to six weeks, the second vaccinations will begin. The automation specialist hopes that all initial vaccinations will have been given by then. Depending on how the situation develops further, even family members of the workforce could then possibly come to Lenze for their vaccination.
(from left to right) Ralf Klemme, Director HR, Christian Wendler, CEO, Dr. Stefan Gansweid, Company Physician, Tanja Knese, Corporate Communications Manager, and Dr. Thomas Keller, Head of Environment, Health and Safety in front of the Lenze Vaccination Center in Extertal.