Germany plans a “vaccine passport” as Chancellor Angela Merkel pushes for a stricter blockade

People wait for a jab at the Immunization Center in Cologne on Sunday, April 4th-& # xa0; Marius Becker / & # xa0; DPA

People wait for a jab at a vaccination center in Cologne on Sunday, April 4-Marius Becker / DPA

Germany has announced plans to give Covid-19 people more privileges than their unvaccinated peers as an important step towards the introduction of so-called “vaccine passports”.

National health minister Jens Spahn traveled without quarantine and went to a hairdressing shop on Sunday after new studies showed that vaccinated people had a minimal risk of transmitting the virus. He said he was allowed to visit and go shopping with minimal restrictions.

“Anyone who has been vaccinated can go to a store or dressing shop without further testing. In addition, according to the Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s premier health research institute, completely Vaccinated people no longer need to be isolated, “Spahn told the German Bilttabroid newspaper on Sunday.

German media reported that the measure would be introduced in the coming weeks, but he did not reveal the exact date the rule would come into effect.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce the Covid Vaccine Passport System this week. Currently, people arriving in Germany from dangerous areas need to be quarantined for 10 days, but in some states Germans only visit stores and hairdressers if there is evidence of a recent negative test. I allow it.

Under this plan, both vaccinated individuals will be free to shop, travel and visit the hairdresser 14 days after the final shot, when the risk of transmitting the disease became negligible.

“Studies show that people who are fully vaccinated from day 15 after the second vaccination have a lower risk of viral transmission than asymptomatic people who test negative on a rapid antigen test,” Spahn said. Said.

“Current knowledge shows that vaccinated people probably no longer play an important role in the epidemiology (ie, infection) of the disease,” he added.

However, vaccinated persons must comply with social distance, hygiene and mask requirements. The German government has received intense criticism of its labor-intensive vaccine deployment, highlighted by the ongoing policy changes to AstraZeneca’s jabs.

By Sunday, 12% of Germans, or 10 million, had received a single injection. About 4.3 million people, just over 5% of the population, received both shots.

In the UK, 59.8 percent (31.5 million) of the population receive a single dose and 10.2 percent (5.3 million) receive both doses.

Germany is expected to implement a stricter national blockade after the Easter holidays. This may include some of the most difficult steps since the outbreak of the pandemic.

According to the German tabloid Bild, the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel is dissatisfied with the regional approach and wants a large-scale blockade nationwide to curb the rise in infection rates.

The measures in the table include a national stay-at-home order imposed either at night or 24 hours a day. This is probably the first time such a measure has been implemented in Germany.

Schools are closed and businesses need to regularly test their employees or force them to work from home.

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