German Health Minister Jens Spahn has said that people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 will no longer have to go into lockdown if there is another resurgence of the virus. They can also enjoy more freedoms than unvaccinated people.
“As long as there are no mutations that affect vaccine protection, being fully vaccinated means that limitations of the kind we saw last winter are not necessary,” Spahn told reporters in Berlin.
Germany now has low infection rates and has already eased most corona restrictions, but concerns are mounting about the spread of the more contagious Delta variant. In addition, the government expects the number of cases to rise again due to summer travel.
Spahn repeated his appeal to the Germans to prevent a fourth wave of contamination this autumn. “The more people getting vaccinated this summer, the better the fall will be,” he said.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, Helge Braun, stated earlier Friday that scientists agree that fully vaccinated people “are not really at risk or pose a danger to others.” Vaccinated people should therefore be able to do things like go shopping or attend concerts, Braun told broadcaster MDR.