Germany to offer Covid jabs to all adults from June 7th

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.

Germany to offer Covid jabs to all adults from June 7th
A Rossmann employee receives the vaccine in Burgwedel, Lower Saxony on May 17th. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Ole Spata

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.

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Spahn said Germany had been right to prioritise the most vulnerable at the start of the vaccination campaign, saying it had “saved lives”.

But given the fast progress of the vaccination campaign, “we can now plan the next step”, he added.

“Even when the priorisation is lifted that doesn’t mean anyone who wants to can get vaccinated in June,” he told reporters. Doctors and vaccination centres were still working their way through the current priority group, he said.

“But I can say that anyone in Germany who wants to be vaccinated to protect themselves and others, will get an offer.”

Several German states, including Berlin, Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria, have already gone ahead and scrapped their priority lists from this week. That has left doctor’s offices inundated with calls and emails from patients looking to get jabbed.

Germany already opened up AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to all adults earlier this month.

Germany is currently vaccinating priority group 3, which includes people over 60, those with pre-existing health concerns and people in frontline jobs such as supermarket staff, lawyers and bus drivers.

Member comments

  1. That is only three weeks away, & in Dortmund the Gruppe 3 Erhöhte Priorität 60+ group is STIL not opened for appointments. Guess we are being sacrificed for the sake of votes in the General Election.

    1. You should be upset with local politicians and not the federal government. I find it impossible to believe that 40% of your state is 70+ high risk group, which is the current 1 shot vaccination rate of your state. Something fishy there if they haven’t opened group 3 yet.
      But three weeks is a long time, i wish you the best of luck.
      Check for rates and info.

      1. It’s the State I have issue with – according to Dortmund, they simply don’t have the stocks from the NRW. And the 40% rate of the State does not of course mean that every area has been equally looked after, Köln seems to have been given plenty of doses, for instance. But thank you for the good luck wishes – much appreciated.

  2. Does “anyone aged 16 and up” mean that pregnant women will finally be allowed to get a jab or do they actually mean almost anyone?

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The 64-year-old Social Democrat is isolating in his apartment in the chancellery, and will attend meetings online, spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said.

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