Corona pandemic: Federal government postpones vaccination target

As of: December 26th, 2021 1:21 a.m.

Actually, 80 percent of people in Germany should have been vaccinated against the coronavirus at least once by January 7th. But the vaccination rate has stalled. The federal government is therefore postponing its target to the end of January.

The federal government is postponing its goal of achieving a rate of 80 percent for initial vaccinations. Now the government wants to create this quota by the end of January if possible, as a government spokesman for “Bild am Sonntag” said. January 7th had previously been mentioned. On this day, Chancellor Olaf Scholz wants to discuss the fight against the corona pandemic with the state ministers for the next time.

61.4 million people in Germany are currently vaccinated against the coronavirus at least once. That corresponds to 73.8 percent of the total population. For the goal of 80 percent, around five million more people would have to receive an initial vaccination.

In many large cities, vaccination centers are closed on public holidays, as are many medical practices. Although there are special vaccination campaigns on Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the vaccination rate has already decreased significantly. According to the Robert Koch Institute, around 67,000 vaccinations were administered on Christmas Eve, including 51,000 so-called booster vaccinations to refresh the vaccination protection. On Wednesday, the number of vaccine doses administered was 710,000 – including 561,000 booster vaccinations.

Advice on general compulsory vaccination in January

In order to achieve a higher vaccination rate, politicians are also discussing a general vaccination requirement. It should come on the agenda in Parliament in the first week of session in the new year. There will be a first debate on mandatory vaccinations in the Bundestag at the beginning of January, said SPD parliamentary deputy Dirk Wiese of “Bild am Sonntag”. A number of “not easy questions in detail” arose for a legally secure regulation. This applies in particular to the question of when someone legally loses his vaccination status and a refresher is necessary.

CSU boss Markus Söder told the “Welt am Sonntag” that compulsory vaccinations would rather overcome the division of society than deepen it. “Many people would find that it is not so bad to be vaccinated – on the contrary, it even protects and gives freedom,” said the Bavarian Prime Minister. He added, “Secondly, mandatory imprint really helps some save face.”

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