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German Experts: Higher Vaccination Coverage Needed Against Delta

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Germany needs a higher vaccination rate than previously thought to stop the highly contagious Delta variant spread. Health institute RKI says that 85 to 90 percent of Germans should be fully vaccinated, depending on the age group.

 

If it succeeds in meeting that target, a fourth corona wave in the autumn is considered “unlikely”. However, before that happens, more than 36 million first shots and almost 51 million second vaccinations still need to be done in Germany. According to German media, the average in the past month was 770,000 shots per day.

RKI CEO Lothar Wieler had previously said that a vaccination rate of at least 80 percent was necessary, but that conclusion has since been superseded. That’s because the Delta variant is seen as more contagious than previous versions of the coronavirus.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the German equivalent of the RIVM, now estimates that at least 85 percent of Germans in the age group 12-59 should be fully vaccinated. In most cases, that means they need to get two shots. Vaccination coverage of 90 percent would be necessary for Germans aged 60 and older.

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