Federal government calls for quick clarification for those vaccinated
Berlin (dpa) – Under heavy time pressure, federal and state governments are seeking to clarify exceptions to corona restrictions for those vaccinated within the next week – but when they will come is unclear.
The federal government wants to approach a planned settlement “with great ambition,” spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Friday. Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) stressed that the first talks would take place. “If everyone wants it then and compromises can be made quickly, this can of course also – the next Federal Council meeting take place on May 7 – be concluded at the end of next week. For vaccinations, there was now the second-highest value for a day at 916,000. Manufacturers Biontech and Pfizer have requested EU approval for their product for children aged 12 and over.
Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht (SPD) presented a draft on the rights of vaccinated people, which must now be voted on in the government. They want to get it over with early next week, Seibert said. In order to quickly reach a majority-qualified design, talks should take place with the Bundestag and the states before a cabinet decision is taken, as subsequent changes would considerably lengthen the procedure. Spahn said it was important that there was no ping-pong match between the government, the Bundestag and the Bundesrat. It remains to be seen whether the regular cabinet meeting will take place on Wednesday.
The project states that fully vaccinated and convalescent people should “be able to enter stores, visit zoos and botanical gardens, or use the services of hairdressers and podiatrists without prior testing.” Fully vaccinated and recovering people are not required to follow local exit restrictions. Even in private meetings with others who have not been vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19, they would not be included in the restriction to one household plus one additional person plus children. Mask requirements in certain locations and distance requirements should continue to apply to everyone.
Federal Government Tourism Commissioner Thomas Bareiß (CDU) called for speed. “The pressure on restaurants and hotels to reopen is increasing day by day. We therefore have a moral and legal duty to gradually remove the restriction on the right to liberty of vaccinated and convalescent persons. It would be nice if that happened well before the end of May, ”he told“ Bild ”(Friday). The Federal Council will meet on May 7 and 28. Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) criticized the first regulations for people vaccinated in some countries. “The inconsistent solutions soon after the decision on a nationwide Corona emergency brake is irritating to people,” he told Augsburger Allgemeine (Friday).
If vaccine delivery obligations are met, the Central Statutory Health Insurance Institute estimates that well over half of eligible people could have received at least one basic vaccination by the end of May. It could be three-quarters by mid-June, the central institute predicted. With an assumed willingness to vaccinate of around 80 percent, almost everyone who wants to vaccinate would be affected. FDP health policy Christine Aschenberg-Dugnus has suggested that qualified specialists could also offer vaccinations in shopping malls or parking lots.
During that time, 26.9 percent of the population received at least one vaccination. According to data from the Robert Koch Institute on Friday, 7.7% have full vaccine protection with a second syringe. 916,388 vaccine syringes were used on Thursday, just 1.1 million more on Wednesday. In total, nearly 28.8 million doses have been administered to date, including 22.4 million for the first vaccinations and 6.4 million for the second vaccinations.
According to their own information, Biontech and its US partner Pfizer have applied to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for approval of their vaccine for children and adolescents aged 12 to 15. The aim is to adjust and extend the existing admission to this age group. Once the EMA approves the change, the amended conditional approval will be valid in all 27 EU Member States. The remedy is currently approved for ages 16 and over. It usually takes a few weeks for the EMA to review approval requests.
At the same time, Biontech and Pfizer are conducting a clinical study on the efficacy and safety of their vaccine in children between six months and eleven years old. Biontech assumes that reliable data will be available in September. The chairman of the Standing Committee on Vaccination (Stiko), Thomas Mertens, sees good opportunities for vaccinations for children and young people from September. “I think it is possible for children from twelve years old,” he told the “Rheinische Post” (Saturday). “It can be difficult for small children.”