One-third of Germany now fully vaccinated against Covid-19

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In trials, less than half of vaccine recipients reported moderate or severe episodes of side effects such as fever, headache and fatigue. Photo: Sina Schuldt/dpa
In trials, less than half of vaccine recipients reported moderate or severe episodes of side effects such as fever, headache and fatigue. Photo: Sina Schuldt/dpa

Almost 32 per cent of Germany’s population – about one-third – has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for disease control said on Tuesday.

The RKI said that about 42 million people, or 51.2 per cent, have received a first shot against the virus, while 31.6 per cent received both jabs needed for the full level of immunity.

Germany’s vaccination campaign began at the end of last year and initially progressed slowly, but has picked up speed since the prioritization of people based on their age or profession was lifted and more doses became available.

Meanwhile, Germany’s infection numbers continue on a steep downwards trajectory.

On Tuesday, the RKI registered 455 new infections, compared to 652 a week ago.

A total of 77 people died in the last 24 hours, compared to 93 last week, the RKI said.

The so-called incidence rate meanwhile sunk to 8 infections per 100,000 people over the last week – compared to 66.8 last month.

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