Germany to lift its priority rankings for Covid-19 vaccines from 7 June

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Germany plans to make Covid-19 vaccines available to all adults from 7 June, Health Minister Jens Spahn announced on Monday. Since Germany started administering Covid-19 vaccinations five months ago, jabs have been available according to a priority ranking by age, medical condition and profession, dpa noted.

The decision to open the vaccine up to everyone was taken by regional health ministers at talks in Berlin on Monday. However, this does not mean that everybody will be able to get an appointment within days, Spahn said, asking people for more patience. Vaccinations will continue "well into the summer," he said.

The government warned that, despite falling infection rates, it was too soon to give the all-clear.

"We have not yet reached the preconditions to enjoy as relaxed a summer as last year," government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said.

This time last year, five new cases were being reported per 100,000 residents every seven days, Seibert noted. On Monday, the figure was 83.1, according to Germany's Robert Koch Institute.

The priority rankings were introduced due to vaccine scarcity, in order to protect the most vulnerable first. This initially included the elderly, people in care homes and medical staff.

At present, vaccines are available to people who cannot work from home, such as supermarket staff and bus drivers. They are in the final of three priority groups.

More than 40 million Covid vaccines have now been administered in Germany, which has a population of around 83 million. Thirty-seven per cent of Germans have had at least one shot. A further 15 million people are due to receive their first or second Covid vaccination before 7 June.

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