Corona pandemic: Half of the population is boosted

Status: 01/22/2022 2:19 p.m

According to the RKI, every second German citizen has now received a booster vaccination. According to the Minister of Health, this should be sufficient for basic immunization if vaccination is introduced.

At least half of the population has received a booster shot against the coronavirus. The Robert Koch Institute announced that almost 41.7 million people (50.1 percent) have now been boosted. Almost 61 million people (73.3 percent) are fully vaccinated, 75.4 percent have received a vaccination. The federal government is aiming for 80 percent of those who have been vaccinated for the first time by the end of January.

Currently, two vaccinations are usually required to be considered fully vaccinated. The RKI still counts people who have only received one dose of the Johnson & Johnson preparation. However, this is currently being changed. In the future, people who have been vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson should only benefit from the 2G rules after a second vaccination dose – if possible with an mRNA vaccine such as that from BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna.

Currently, 24.6 percent of the population (20.5 million people) are not vaccinated. For 4.8 percent (four million) of these people aged zero to four years there is no approved vaccine available.

Lauterbach: Three vaccinations are probably sufficient

Against the background of a general obligation to vaccinate that has just been discussed, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach does not expect that a fourth dose will be absolutely necessary after a triple vaccination. “Anyone who has three vaccinations with mRNA vaccines or a similarly effective vaccine today or in the future has good basic immunization,” said the SPD politician of the Düsseldorf “Rheinische Post”. “Today’s triple vaccination would therefore satisfy every vaccination requirement.”

Lauterbach emphasized that the only thing being worked on was “mandatory proof of vaccination”. “No doctor should be obliged to convince people to vaccinate or to urge them to do so, because there will be no compulsory vaccination,” said Lauterbach, referring to a reaction from the panel doctors, who strictly rejected the enforcement of a state-imposed compulsory vaccination in practices had.

With a view to the booster vaccinations, all previous findings worldwide indicate that “such a basic immunization does not always protect against infection, but does protect against serious Covid diseases in the long term,” emphasized the Minister of Health. A decrease in this protection in this regard has not yet been determined and he does not expect it, emphasized Lauterbach.

Facility-related compulsory vaccination definitely in March

While a possible general obligation to vaccinate is still being debated, Lauterbach confirmed the introduction of an institution-related obligation to vaccinate in March. “The health ministers ensure that the facility-related vaccination requirement takes effect in March and thus make a decisive contribution to combating the omicron wave,” the minister told the newspaper.

He thus gave a clear rejection of calls to reconsider the introduction of facility-related vaccinations planned for March 15th. “If all employees in medical facilities have been vaccinated by then, the virus will no longer be able to hit older and sick people so easily. We must use all means possible to prevent people in need of care from dying of Corona again,” emphasized the SPD politician.

After the reform of the Infection Protection Act (IfSG) passed by the Bundestag on December 10, a so-called facility-related vaccination requirement for employees in clinics, nursing homes, medical and dental practices, rescue and nursing services, birth centers and other medical and nursing facilities will apply from March 16 . Parts of the social sector fear that the shortage of staff in facilities will worsen with the introduction, because then unvaccinated employees will no longer be able to come to work.

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