Germany to consider less restrictions for vaccinated people

Photo: EPA Jens Spahn

The German government could table plans on how to lift restrictions for people who have been fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 by the end of next week, Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Friday. "It can be done within days," Spahn told a news conference during a visit to a vaccine factory in Reinbek, north of Hamburg, Reuters reported.

According to Spahn, initial talks with the lower and upper house of parliament about the proposals, which would govern restrictions within Germany, were already under way. "And if we can reach a consensus very quickly, then we can certainly reach a decision by the end of next week," he said.

The justice ministry has proposed exempting people who have been fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 from restrictions, such as night-time curfews and strict limits on private gatherings, which were introduced to try and contain a third wave of the virus.

Giving special freedoms to the vaccinated is a thorny issue, with some ministers fearing it could lead to social tensions at a time when not everyone has had the opportunity to get vaccinated, as well as make it harder for regions to enforce the curbs. As of Thursday, some 6.4 million people, or 7.7% of the German population, were fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

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