Almost a million vaccinations on Wednesday

Status: 02.12.2021 3 p.m.

On Wednesday alone, 987,000 people were immunized – most of them received booster vaccinations. Whether the ambitious goal of 30 million vaccinations can be achieved by Christmas remains uncertain.

The ambitious goal of the federal and state governments is 30 million vaccinations by Christmas. The hope: to somehow break the violent fourth corona wave, at least to moderate it. Experts doubt whether the 30 million goal can be achieved by Christmas, but at least: The vaccination campaign in Germany is picking up speed.

According to the Robert Koch Institute, 987,000 people were vaccinated on Wednesday, the highest value since July 7th. The vast majority – around 80 percent – received booster vaccinations. For comparison: The German vaccination record is 1.4 million doses, vaccinated on June 9th.

68.7 percent of the population are now fully vaccinated. 11.3 million people have already received a booster. Experts assume that this is necessary for complete protection against the aggressive Delta variant. In addition, the effectiveness of the second vaccination decreases over time.

The RKI assumes that among adults, probably more people are vaccinated than the data suggests: 100% registration of the vaccinations cannot be achieved through the reporting system.

Moderna delivers faster

Most of the people who were vaccinated in Germany received the mRNA vaccine from BioNTech / Pfizer. Their vaccine “Comirnaty” accounts for 77 percent of all administered doses. In order to achieve the stated vaccination goal, however, more medication is required.

After promises for more vaccine from BioNTech / Pfizer, the US manufacturer Moderna has now agreed to bring forward delivery of ten million doses of its mRNA vaccine to December. In addition, eight million more Moderna cans are to be delivered in December because the delivery of promised cans to other countries via the international Covax initiative is slower than expected.

Vaccination in pharmacies and at the dentist

So that the additional doses can be vaccinated quickly, the federal and state governments are planning to expand the group of those authorized to carry out vaccinations – for example to pharmacists, dentists and nursing staff. In addition, a permanent legal change should be created in order to expand the group of beneficiaries. The Prime Minister’s Conference is currently discussing this measure, among other things.

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