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IN NUMBERS: Is Germany ramping up the Covid-19 vaccine rollout?

Germany is holding a vaccine summit to discuss if people who are fully inoculated should get more freedoms. So how is the vaccination campaign going - and is it being ramped up enough?

IN NUMBERS: Is Germany ramping up the Covid-19 vaccine rollout?
People waiting for a vaccination in Berlin on Monday. Photo: DPA

How many people have been inoculated?

Up until April 25th, around 23.4 percent of the German population (19.48 million people) had received one dose of a vaccine against coronavirus. Around 5.9 million people (7.2 percent of the total population) are fully vaccinated.

How many people are getting injections every day?

Since the start of April when the German government began allowing doctors to give out Covid-19 jabs, the pace has picked up. However, there are still large differences between days.

The country scored a big success on Wednesday April 7th when a record of more than 656,000 jabs were delivered in a day.

The highest amount of jabs ever given out since the campaign began at the end of December 2020 was on April 14th. A total of 772,206 Covid injections were administered on this day.

READ ALSO: Germany’s GPs begin vaccinating patients against Covid-19

However, the numbers can drop considerably on certain days – particularly weekends. On Sunday just 266,784 injections were given out across the country.

Typically around 300,000 to 700,000 injections are given out to people in Germany on a weekday.


Some local authorities have been slammed for not making a bigger effort to carry out vaccinations at the weekend and on holidays. At Easter some states announced they were closing their vaccination centres on the public holidays.

The below chart on Germany’s Impfdashboard (vaccination dashboard) shows the spike in vaccinations when doctors joined the programme at the start of April. You’ll also be able to see how vaccines seem to pick up mid-week but dip at the weekend.

The light blue shows people who’ve had one shot and the dark blue means both doses or fully vaccinated.

The UK by comparison had its most successful day on March 20th when it delivered 844,285 jabs. The availability of vaccines has fluctuated in the country. The seven-day rolling average for the number of vaccinations given out in the UK per day stands at 500,934.

What’s the latest on German states?

There are still large differences in vaccination progress between the federal states.

The front-runners are Saarland and Bremen, where more than 25 percent of the population has been given one dose. At the other end, Berlin has delivered doses to 22 percent of its population, while Hesse is trailing behind, with 21.5 percent of people having received one dose there.

The below map on Germany’s vaccination dashboard shows the full picture of the progress by states and the percentage of people who have had one jab.

German journalist Olaf Gersemann wrote on Twitter that in Bremen, Saarland and Thuringia more than a fifth of the 60 plus age group has received a vaccination. However, he notes that Brandenburg did not report any vaccinations on Sunday.

Who can receive a jab right now?

German states are inoculating people aged 70 to 79. Some people in the 60-69 age group are also being vaccinated in areas when there is enough vaccine doses. This will be ramped up in the coming weeks.

Staff in hospitals, doctors’ surgeries, daycare staff, and many teachers, as well as people with certain health conditions are also getting their jabs.

Pregnant women are also able to designate two close contacts to receive the vaccine.

As we mentioned above, adults of any age are allowed to apply for the AstraZeneca jab in the four German states of Berlin, Bavaria, Saxony and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

However, it will depend on a detailed consultation with a doctor and availability of vaccine doses.

READ MORE: Can I get the AstraZeneca vaccine in Germany if I’m not on the priority list?

The aim is to offer every adult in Germany a Covid-19 vaccine by September 21st.

How can Germany speed up the vaccine rollout?

This week there is expected to be a big boost to the rollout as family doctors are set to receive three million doses a week.

Since the beginning of April they have received around 940,000 a week.

Anecdotally, we’ve heard that specialist doctors in Berlin – not just GPs – are also starting to order vaccine supplies to give out to patients as more become available.

The vaccine summit on Monday is looking at what freedoms vaccinated people should get. Politicians will also address how to speed up the campaign. They will look at questions such as:

– When can more specialists and company doctors get involved in the rollout?

– How long should the priority list be in place? Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn said last week it should be lifted in June so that all adults are offered the jab – but warned that doesn’t mean everyone can get one immediately.

READ ALSO: ‘We won’t be able to vaccinate everyone in June’ warns German health minister

– Why are many elderly and sick people still waiting for a vaccination appointment due to bureaucratic failures in some places?

At the weekend CSU leader Markus Söder suggested vaccinating significantly more within workplaces and families.

The Bavarian state premier furthermore proposed to completely release all vaccines as early as May and also to increasingly vaccinate schoolchildren over the age of 16.

“We need company vaccinations, we need family vaccinations,” said the Bavarian premier on Sunday to broadcaster ARD, referring to the situations in which he said the infection was prone to spread the quickest.

On Monday car manufacturer Daimler said it has “made all the preparations to be able to start the vaccinations immediately as soon as this is possible for company doctors”, according to chief human resources officer Wilfried Porth.

Employees there have been able to register for a vaccination appointment with the company medical service via an online platform since Monday.

As soon as there is enough availability, and the government gives company doctors the green light, Daimler will start to inoculate employees, the firm said.

How does Germany compare to other countries?

Germany’s vaccination campaign has been very sluggish compared to some other countries – and doesn’t come close to the countries leading the race: Israel, the UK and the US.

The graph below by Our World in Data shows the share of the population who have received at least one dose of vaccine across several countries.

The below chart shows the share of the population who have been fully inoculated against coronavirus.

Why is Germany lagging behind?

Apart from an initial EU-wide shortage of vaccine supplies, many people consider German bureaucracy, different state procedures and the inflexible vaccination prioritisation list to be causing problems.

READ ALSO: When will I be in line for a Covid-19 vaccination?

Medical staff are also not allowed to stray from the priority list, sparking concerns that vaccine doses are being left unused. This prompted four states to scrap the priority list for AstraZeneca last week, allowing all adults to sign up for it if they have a consultation with their doctor.

Germany also suffered setbacks on the speed of the campaign after suspending the AstraZeneca vaccine to investigate a possible connection to blood clots.

Member comments

    1. Yep. & Söder causing confusion – my entire Industry (Live Events) is closed because of Covid. None of us work in a factory, or go to school, but Söder wants all thiose vaccinated as a priority. Söder & the rest do not care a fig for Freelancers or any Entertainment except Opera & Orchestra – again, we don’t exist to them.

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Pandemic in Germany unlikely to end this year, says top virologist

High profile German virologist Christian Drosten believes Germany will see a severe spike in Covid infections after summer, and that the pandemic will not become endemic this year.

Pandemic in Germany unlikely to end this year, says top virologist

Drosten previously said that Germany would probably be able to declare the end of the pandemic this year.

But in an interview with Spiegel, Drosten said he had reevaluated his opinion. 

“When the Alpha variant came, it was very surprising for me. When Delta appeared I was sceptical at first, then with Omicron we had to reorient ourselves again. And since January there have already been new Omicron subtypes.

“So I would actually like to correct myself: I no longer believe that by the end of the year we will have the impression that the pandemic is over.”

READ ALSO: End is in sight for pandemic in Germany, says virologist 

Drosten also said that Germany will not see a largely Covid-free summer, which has been the case in previous years, and a further increase in infections in autumn. 

“We are actually already seeing an exponential increase in case numbers again,” Drosten said.

“The BA.5 variant (of Omicron) is simply very transmissible, and people are losing their transmission protection from the last vaccination at the same time.”

In other countries, he said, when the number of cases become high, hospitalisation and death rates also rise again. “Unfortunately, that will also be the case here,” said Drosten, but added: “Overall, however, far fewer people will become seriously ill and die than in 2021.”

Drosten said he expected many more infections from September.

“I hope that the school holidays will dampen the increase in cases somewhat. But from September, I fear we will have very high case numbers,” the head of the virology department at Berlin’s Charité hospital told Spiegel.

READ ALSO: German Health Minister lays out autumn Covid plan

Virologist Christian Drosten at a Covid press conference in 2021.

Virologist Christian Drosten at a Covid press conference in 2021. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Kay Nietfeld

If the government does not take any action, he predicted there would be a lot of sick leave across all industries. “That will become a real problem,” he said.

Drosten said he did not expect overcrowded intensive care units in Germany.

But the new BA.5 sub-variant, which is becoming dominant in Germany, may affect people more strongly. 

“The wheel is turning more towards disease again,” said Drosten. It is not true that a virus automatically becomes more and more harmless in the course of evolution. “That makes me even more worried about the autumn,” he said.

Drosten recommends wearing masks indoors during the colder months, saying it is “the least painful” measure.

If, in addition, “up to 40 million people could be immunised or given a booster vaccination” before winter, for example by urgently calling for company vaccinations, that would “really make a difference”, Drosten said.

In the long term, he said it’s inevitable that people will become infected with coronavirus.

He said the population immunity due to vaccinations and infections will at some point be so strong that the virus will become less important. “Then we will be in an endemic state,” said Drosten. In the worst case, however, this could take “several more winters”.

However, Drosten warned against people trying to deliberately infect themselves with Covid, saying getting the infection in summer doesn’t mean people will be protected in winter. 

Drosten himself said he has not yet contracted Covid-19.

“So far, I guess I’ve just been lucky,” he said. “I rarely put myself in risky situations, but I’m not overly cautious either.”

‘Pandemic depends on behaviour’

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI)’s latest weekly report, more outbreaks are occurring in care homes, and the number of patients in intensive care units is slightly rising as infections go up. 

The institute said there had been a 23 percent increase in the 7-day incidence compared to the previous week. On Friday the 7-day incidence stood at 618.2 infections per 100,000 people. There were 108,190 infections within the latest 24 hour period and 90 deaths. 

“The further course of the pandemic depends not only on the occurrence of new virus variants and the uptake of vaccinations on offer, it also depends to a large extent on the behaviour of the population,” said the RKI.

According to the DIVI intensive care register, the number of Covid-19 patients in ICUs had increased to 810 on Thursday this week, from about 600 at the beginning of the month.

However, that number is still low compared to previous Covid peaks when thousands of people were in intensive care in Germany.