German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out against providing special conditions for those vaccinated against coronavirus now.
“While the number of vaccinated people is still much lower than those waiting for the vaccine, the state should treat both groups equally,” the Chancellor told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. At the same time, if we are talking about private contractual relations, “there is little that we can do on the part of the state,” she said.
“When a sufficient number of people receive an offer to get vaccinated and some do not want to get vaccinated, we will have to consider whether access in certain areas should be open only to those who are vaccinated. But we still have a long way to go,” Merkel said.
The Chancellor herself is going to be vaccinated when her turn comes, taking into account the priorities of the distribution of vaccines. “I think it is right, in addition to especially vulnerable groups and the elderly, to first invite those groups of the population who cannot keep a distance in their work to be vaccinated,” she said, noting that in her case, there is an opportunity to keep a distance.
Vaccination in Germany has been carried out since December 27 last year, while vaccines are used, which require two vaccinations to develop immunity. As of Monday, 1.7 million people in the country received both vaccinations, which is 2.1% of the country’s population (83.2 million as of the end of 2020). More than one and a half million people have received the first dose and are waiting for the second vaccination. Taking this category of people into account, 4% of the country’s population participated in the vaccination campaign.