'This can be a good summer': Half of Germans vaccinated at least once against Covid
One in two Germans have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, health authorities said Friday, before warning against complacency as the Delta variant is expected to become the dominant strain.
Some 50.1 percent of the total German population, or 41.66 million people, have now been vaccinated at least once against the coronavirus, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said on Friday.
At the same time 29.6 percent of the population now has full protection - that's just under 25 million people.
"This can be a good summer," said Health Minister Jens Spahn on Friday, before saying that the country needed to remain vigilant due to the spread of the Delta variant.
RKI President Lothar Wieler meanwhile warned that the numbers also showed that millions of people were still completely unprotected or only partially protected.
In order to largely dispense with the pandemic measures, the German government wants to hit 80 percent immunity - either through complete vaccination or an infection plus vaccination.
The Delta variant, first identified in India, doubled to just over 6 percent of all new infections in Germany during the week ending June 6th in comparison with the previous seven days.
"By the autumn, it will be the dominant strain," said Wieler.
It was "biologically logical" for the strain to become dominant simply because it was more infectious, he said.
Germany has eased most restrictions, reopening restaurants, shops, pools and museums in recent weeks as new infections dip sharply.
On Friday, it recorded 1,076 new cases, while the number of new cases over a seven day period continued to drop to 10 per 100,000 people.
Wieler said however that it was necessary to keep wearing masks indoors, such as on public transport or at offices.
“We have achieved really good results but the virus is still active and please let us give this virus no chance," he urged.