Germany will open the immunization against coronavirus to all adults from June 7th.
This new initiative means that any person 16 years and older will be eligible for vaccination; Germany currently prioritizes vaccination based on age, work and pre-existing medical conditions.
German Health Minister Spand made this announcement after discussing with 16 regional health ministers on Monday (May 17).
Germany broke the record last week and vaccinated more than 1.35 million people in one day; currently 37% of adults have received the first dose of the vaccine, and more than 11% of adults have completed the vaccination. Spane said that Germany’s decision to give priority to vaccinations for the most vulnerable groups at the beginning of the vaccination campaign was correct, and said that doing so “saves a lot of lives”. He said that the vaccination campaign is progressing rapidly and the authorities can plan for the next step.
But he told the media that even if the priority vaccination is lifted, it does not mean that anyone who wants to be vaccinated can be vaccinated in June. He said that doctors and vaccination centers are still working hard to complete vaccination for the current priority groups. “But what I can say is that in Germany, anyone who wants to be vaccinated to protect themselves and others will get a vaccination option.”
Germany is currently vaccinating the third priority group, including those over 60, those with pre-existing medical conditions, and frontline personnel.