Germany’s health minister, Jens Spahn, has urged citizens to get the coronavirus vaccine as soon as possible, including booster shots if it has been more than six months since their previous shot, predicting a sad end to the winter season.
“By the end of this winter pretty much everyone in Germany will have been vaccinated, recovered or died,” he said at a news conference in Berlin, admitting that many may see this view as cynical.
“But it’s true. With the highly contagious Delta variant, this is very, very likely and that’s why we are recommending vaccination so urgently.”
In his Twitter account, Spahn has intensified calls on Germans to participate in the re-started vaccination campaign, underlining that Germany has enough vaccines “for all citizens”.
“Both mRNA vaccines – Moderna and BioNTech – are safe and effective. We need both to meet the growing demand for vaccinations,” he tweeted. “By the end of the year, we will be able to first, second and third vaccinate 50 million people with both vaccines.”