Germany’s Health Minister promises more freedom to those fully vaccinated

Germany's Health Minister promises more freedom to those fully vaccinated
Could people in Germany get back some freedom after being fully vaccinated? (Photo by LENNART PREISS / AFP)
Health Minister Jens Spahn has said that people in Germany who have received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine could get certain freedoms back over the next few weeks.
“Those who have been vaccinated can go into society or to the hairdresser without any further testing. People who are fully vaccinated also no longer need to quarantine, according to the Robert Koch Institute,” Spahn told Bild am Sonntag.
 
Based on the latest scientific findings, the RKI claims that those who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (after receiving two doses) are no longer able to pass the virus on.

Germany’s state premiers had requested the German public health body’s analysis of when and if including vaccinated people in testing concepts “may become obsolete”.

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The RKI report was sent to the federal states yesterday, the paper reported.

Bild am Sonntag had sight of the RKI report sent to Spahn’s department, which said, “According to the current state of knowledge, from the 15th day after the second vaccination dose at the latest, the risk of virus transmission by a person who has been fully vaccinated is less than that of a negative rapid antigen test in an asymptomatic infected person.”

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“Anyone who has been fully vaccinated can in future be treated like someone who has tested negative,” Spahn added.

“We will now put these findings into practice in discussions with the federal states in a timely manner,” the CDU minister said.

According to the Sunday newspaper, the regulation is set to be implemented in the coming weeks when proof of vaccination may be enough to make a hotel booking, for example.

However, it is not yet clear whether this also applies to people who have recovered from Covid-19.

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As of 1st April, just 11.6 percent of the German population have received a first jab, while 5 percent have received both doses, according to the latest RKI data.


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