From June 7, everybody in Germany will be able to register for a coronavirus vaccine. So, is a fair and just system, with priority lists for high-risk groups, being replaced by a free-for-all.
“Our vaccination campaign is continuing at full speed and we are beginning to see the impact that it is having.” Those were the words of Germany’s Health Minister Jens Spahn.
The encouraging vaccination rate led the minister to conclude that the time is now right to break with the system of strict priority lists. In concrete terms, that means that from June 7 anybody can apply for vaccination — as long as they are twelve or older.
Around 20% of Germany’s population of 80 million are fully vaccinated, 45% have had one jab.
Germany has prioritized people who are at a high risk of developing serious COVID-19 symptoms. This includes the elderly, but all people with medical “preconditions” such as cancer, high blood pressure, asthma, or diabetes. And health care workers or others who work in professions where they are exposed to high levels of contact with others and therefore infection. In all, more than 37 million have a right to priority treatment for vaccination.