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Germans stop believing in vaccinations

Germans stop believing in vaccinations

Statistics on the incidence of covid in Germany began to deteriorate noticeably in recent days. As of 18 August in the country recorded more than eight thousand new cases of infection with COVID-19, although the mortality rate from it is still low - over the past day in German hospitals have died 22 man. The strongest outbreaks of the disease can now be observed in selected cities in the west and north of Germany., and also in Berlin.

At the same time, the threat of a fourth wave of the pandemic, caused by the delta strain, at the end of July, German Health Minister Jens Spahn warned. According to him, if the spread of the coronavirus fails to slow down, then by September the country should expect order 400 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people.

This despite the fact, that almost 57 percent of residents, and according to the Robert Koch Institute, to reverse a dangerous trend, must reach a level of at least 85 percent.

In Germany, as well as in the EU as a whole, There are four types of vaccines to choose from.: Pfizer, Modern, Johnson & Johnson и AstraZeneca. meanwhile, number of Germans, wishing to be vaccinated, continues to decline. So, if at least one million people a day were vaccinated in Germany from April to June, then from August, vaccination stations took a maximum of 500 thousand. As a result, the federal states began to return surplus vaccines for its further shipment to other EU countries or to help developing countries..

Earlier, the German authorities promised not to introduce mandatory vaccination in the country.. However, against the background of tightening sanitary controls in neighboring France, the Germans heatedly argued about the need for similar measures.. This prompted unsanctioned protests by members of the Querdenker anti-covid movement. ("Thinking Across"), which in early August turned into riots in Berlin, during which the police detained several hundred people.

The German government is extremely uninterested in the growth of protest moods. Especially on the eve of parliamentary elections, scheduled for the end of September, which will determine the new Chancellor of Germany (About, how covid could affect the choice of Angela Merkel's successor, read here). For this reason, it was decided to confine ourselves to a compromise option., providing for the gradual introduction of restrictions for unvaccinated citizens.

In fact, we are talking about voluntary-compulsory vaccination, as those who refuse to "do a prick" will face serious restrictions on participation in public life in Germany, although all this will happen in full after the elections to the Bundestag.

For now, beginning with 23 August, the unvaccinated will be able to visit public places (cafes and restaurants, fitness studios and pools, hairdressing, hospitals, etc. d.) only if there are negative results of rapid tests. By the way, now you can do such a test in Germany for free only once a week, but with 11 October will have to pay every time and at least 8-10 euro (PCR test is even more expensive - from 35 euro). Exceptions will be made only for children and adolescents, as well as those, who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons.

In this way, the, who do not wish to be voluntarily vaccinated, sent a clear message: stay at home or pay out-of-pocket access to a normal social life. And all this is done by the authorities under the pretext of ensuring the safety of citizens and caring for their health., although it is considered, that none of the existing vaccines guarantees complete protection against the virus, but it seems to be able to prevent a severe course of the disease.

In the fight against the virus, local authorities themselves often follow the path of double standards, what causes misunderstanding, and sometimes outrage from citizens. for example, in Bavaria, sports club visitors were recently allowed to train without a mask, but children over the age of six are still required to wear them on playgrounds, located under the roof. A similar situation in Stuttgart, where vaccinated people are going to be allowed to “light up” in discos and nightclubs without masks, but at the same time they do not intend to cancel them for schoolchildren, who are already being tested for covid several times a week.

Furthermore, in an effort to reach the coveted mark of almost 90% by number of people vaccinated in the country, The German authorities allowed the other day to vaccinate children from 12 years and older. Revaccination of the most vulnerable groups also starts in September in the country. At the same time, many experts consider the set benchmark unrealistic.. Despite this, Depending on the development of the situation, the existing measures may be tightened..

With a high degree of probability it is possible to predict, that the new chancellor of Germany will deal with this. At the same time, none of the candidates for this post has so far outlined a clear strategy for further combating the pandemic.. It's only clear, that the Germans definitely do not want new lockdowns, but they will have to wear masks in public places and transport at least until spring 2022 of the year.

Elena Zemskova

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