BERLIN – The German government and leaders of the country’s 16 states imposed a lockdown on people who had not been vaccinated against the coronavirus on Thursday.
“Today we talked about an act of national solidarity,” outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel said, adding that restrictions – including some lighter restrictions on vaccines – were needed due to Germany’s poor epidemiological situation. Referring to recently stable infection rates, Merkel said the wave had slowed, but “at a level too high” for her to be satisfied.
Merkel also said the government would consider how long people could be considered “fully vaccinated” given the decline in immunity over time, “which is also being discussed at the EU level.”
Speaking alongside Merkel, her potential successor as chancellor, Olaf Schulz, doubled his faith That compulsory vaccination should be required because not enough citizens have been vaccinated. The vaccination rate in Germany is stable 68.4 percent.
So now we have to do it,” Schulz said.
As indicated in the draft document On Wednesday, private gatherings can now only have a maximum of two unvaccinated people from one home while non-essential shops will be limited to vaccinations and those who have recovered from COVID-19.
Hans von der Burchard contributed reporting.