15 percent of Germans immunized as vaccine rollout slowly gathers pace

Over 15 percent of Germans have now had at least one vaccination against Covid-19 new data shows, as Germany's vaccine rollout begins to pick up speed.

15 percent of Germans immunized as vaccine rollout slowly gathers pace
A test centre n Greifswald. credit: dpa | Stefan Sauer

The data released by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for disease control shows that 12.7 million people have now had at least one jab against the disease, a number which makes up 15 percent of the overall population. 

Some 4.9 million people, or 5.9 percent of the population have received both jabs.

A record 720,000 vaccines were administered across the country on Thursday, with Health Minister Jens Spahn saying that Germany is now on target to vaccinate 3.5 million people a week by the start of May.

The vaccination programme was given a major boost this week as some 35,000 family doctors joined in the effort by administering jabs in their practises. 

According to DPA, the number of vaccinations offered by GPs will drop off in mid-April as a planned drop off in supplies to their practises will take place, before deliveries are ramped back up again.

At the same time, the number of infections that have been reported to the RKI over the past 24 hours showed a renewed increase, with close to 18,000 new cases reported.

The 7-day incidence jumped up to 129.2 case per 100,000 inhabitants on Sunday from 120.6 on the previous day.

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The disease agency warns that the numbers are still not reliable after a dip in reporting over Easter and subsequent catch up in reporting in the following week.

The numbers next week are expected to give a truer indication of the actual situation.

RKI head Lothar Wieler warned on Friday though that “current developments show that the situation is very, very serious.”

Police break up parties

German law enforcement had to break up illegal parties in several states over the weekend.

In Vallendar, in the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate, officers broke up a party in a parking garage. The attendees were all wearing white clothes and had fluorescent paint on their faces. Some fled when officers arrived but a total 24 people were temporarily detained.

At another party in the Upper Palatinate region more than 30 guests were caught in a private house.

In north-eastern Germany, police busted two parties in the towns of Ramin and Eggesin. Officers detained a total of 27 people, all of whom are now facing charges.

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Major milestone: more than 40 million Germans vaccinated against Covid

More than 40 million people in Germany have received at least one vaccination against the coronavirus so far, while a quarter of the population are fully inoculated, new government data shows.

Major milestone: more than 40 million Germans vaccinated against Covid
A vaccine is prepared in Munich. credit: picture alliance/dpa | Sven Hoppe

Cracking the 40 million mark means that 48.1 percent of the total population has now received at least a first jab against the disease, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) that was released on Saturday.

Some 21.35 million people have received both jabs while 60.1 million vaccine doses have been administered in Germany so far.

This week, for the first time, the million mark in daily vaccinations was cracked on three days, Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) wrote on Twitter. According to the RKI, about two-thirds of all vaccinations have been administered in vaccination centres, and one-third in doctors’ offices.

Among the states, Bremen continues to record the highest proportion of people with first-time vaccinations at 52.9 percent, with Saxony bringing up the rear at 43.0 percent.

Meanwhile Saarland has the highest proportion of residents with full coverage, at 30.4 percent, and has also administered the most vaccine doses per resident to date.

While the first five months of the vaccine programme were based on a priority list, since Monday everyone resident in the country can register themselves for a vaccine appointment.

Case rate continues to fall

Health authorities reported 1,911 new infections to the RKI on Saturday morning. A week ago that figure stood at 2,294 new infections. The seven-day incidence dropped lightly to 18.3 from 18.6 cases per 100,000 people on Friday.

Nationwide, 129 new deaths were recorded within 24 hours on Saturday.

Opposition plans inquiry into pandemic failures

Wolfgang Kubicki, deputy leader of the Free Democrats, has said his party will push for a Bundestag inquiry into the pandemic response after September’s national election.

“There needs to be a parliamentary review of this after the election,” Kubicki said on Saturday at a party convention. “That was the announcement of a committee of inquiry,” he confirmed when asked for clarification by a journalist.

Kubicki criticized, among other things, the purchase of “unfit masks” by Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU). He said that the committee would also look into controversial aspects of the pandemic response including the government’s testing strategy and the disputes over whether intensive care units reached breaking point.

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