Berlin, May 17 (EFE).- Germany will allow anyone over the age of 16 to book an appointment to get vaccinated from June 7, the country’s health minister said on Monday.
Jens Spahn made the decision at a meeting with the health ministers for each of the country’s 16 federal states, where they also said that private doctors could also begin administering the vaccines from that date.
“Everyone who wants to get vaccinated, to protect themselves and the people around them, will have the possibility to do so between a few weeks and the end of the summer,” Spahn said.
The minister asked for “patience” because, despite the significant increase in the number of available doses in the coming weeks, not all those who want to be vaccinated will have the opportunity to do so in June.
According to the pharmaceutical companies’ commitments, Germany is expected to receive at least 15 million doses of Covid vaccines between now and June 7.
The vaccination campaign in Germany has picked up speed in recent weeks with the arrival of more doses from the three licensed manufacturers in the European Union and the addition of general practitioners to administer the jabs.
In the last three weeks, Germany has managed to exceed one million vaccinations per day on three occasions. Last Wednesday marked its record, with 1.35 million people receiving a dose.
According to the Ministry of Health, 37.0 % of the German population (30.8 million people) has already received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 11.2 % (9.3 million) have already received the full course. EFE