Germany will ditch its Covid vaccine priority list and start offering jabs to all adults from June 7th, Health Minister Jens Spahn said Monday, as the country’s inoculation drive picks up pace.
The move means anyone aged 16 and up will be eligible for a vaccine in Germany, scrapping the existing priority criteria based on age, jobs and pre-existing medical conditions.
“We have agreed to lift the priority system on June 7th… in doctor’s practices, among company doctors and in vaccination centres,” Spahn said after talks with Germany’s 16 regional health ministers.
After a stuttering start, Germany’s jabs campaign has kicked into high gear in recent weeks as vaccine supplies increased and general practitioners joined the effort alongside vaccination centres.
Germany last week hit a fresh record when it vaccinated more than 1.35 million in a single day.
Overall, 37 percent of adults in Germany, Europe’s most populous country, have now had their first jab. More than 11 percent are fully vaccinated.