Majority of Germans against immediate easing for vaccinated people

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According to a survey, people in Germany have mixed feelings about the vote in the Federal Council on easing the corona restrictions for vaccinated and convalescent people. 40 percent of respondents think it is fundamentally wrong for people who are fully vaccinated or who have already survived a corona infection to be exempted from measures such as contact restrictions and curfews. This was the result of a representative survey by “infratest dimap” for the ARD Germany trend.

55 percent, on the other hand, think that such easing is a step in the right direction. However, according to the information, they are divided on the point in time: Of those in favor of easing, 48 percent think it is correct that the repeal should apply immediately. However, 51 percent are of the opinion that the freedoms should only take effect again when more people have the chance of a corona vaccination. The survey took place from May 3rd to 5th and was carried out among 1,351 eligible voters in Germany.

The Federal Council is voting on the withdrawal of many corona restrictions for fully vaccinated and recovered people this Friday. The corresponding ordinance could come into force on the weekend after the approval of the regional chamber. For critics, that doesn’t go far enough. FDP General Secretary Volker Wissing told the “Bild”: “We are vaccinating our freedom back! It would be good for our society if the Chancellor would now quickly name a date from when we can have our normal life again – as in the USA and Great Britain. “

SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach, who expects an exponentially falling corona incidence in a few weeks, appealed to German citizens to endure the restrictions until the end of May. “We lasted for a year and four months. Don’t we want to hold out these three weeks and then have full enjoyment? ”He said on Thursday evening on the ZDF program“ Maybrit Illner ”. This last stretch of moderation is also important for those “who cannot yet have a vaccination offer,” said Lauterbach.

AstraZeneca released for everyone

The release of AstraZeneca’s vaccine should also bring movement to the vaccination campaign. Corona vaccinations will in future be possible for everyone with the AstraZeneca product if those willing to vaccinate decide to do so with their doctor. The prioritization with a fixed priority list is completely canceled for this vaccine, as Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn announced on Thursday in Berlin after a corresponding decision with his country colleagues.

The federal chairman of the German Association of General Practitioners, Ulrich Weigeldt, appealed to people to get vaccinated with AstraZeneca – also out of global responsibility. While in India or Brazil completely weakened people collapsed on the way to the clinic or suffocated in queues because there was neither acid nor vaccine, “in Germany we have a sometimes absurd debate about whether strictly tested, already approved vaccines are really good are enough for us, ”Weigeldt told the news portal“ T-Online ”. “We have to vaccinate. Everything that is there for everyone who wants it. Now.”

In the future, according to the federal-state resolution, the doctor, in consultation with the person being vaccinated, should also be free to set the interval between four and twelve weeks for an AstraZeneca second vaccination. Criticism comes from science: “For the vaccination strategy, shortening the vaccination intervals is the wrong step,” said Carsten Watzl, Head of the Immunology Research Department at the Leibniz Institute for Labor Research at TU Dortmund University (IfADo). This would mean that fewer people would receive early immune protection from the first vaccination. “And right now we still have to protect many people with previous illnesses with a vaccination in order to mitigate the consequences of the third wave. In the summer we have enough time to take care of the second vaccinations, which of course are absolutely necessary. “

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