Vaccinate, boost, lock up? The Corona winter will be so hard
Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) wants to prepare Germany for the Corona winter with three main focuses. The announced end of the epidemic situation had been misunderstood by many. “We are experiencing a pandemic of the unvaccinated”, emphasized Spahn – words that we also know from Austria’s Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg (ÖVP).
Spahn mentioned measures that we are also familiar with from Austria: stricter 2G concepts and consistent controls, for example. “My vaccination certificate was checked more often in one day in Rome than in Germany in four weeks,” said the minister. 2G has nothing to do with “vaccination bullying”, it is about avoiding local overloads of the health system.
PCR tests are becoming mandatory
As a second point, Spahn named mandatory test concepts for nursing homes, including tests for those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered. In Viennese hospitals, PCR testing is now again compulsory – also for vaccinated people.
Vaccinated people get sick less often
Point three: An extensive campaign of booster vaccinations in the population. The booster vaccinations have already started in Austria – Vienna’s mayor Michael Ludwig was the first to invite the third trick.
Spahn was accompanied by Lothar Wieler, President of the Robert Koch Institute. He again underlined the call to be vaccinated against Covid-19. “Vaccinated people fall ill much less often than unvaccinated people, they also have to go to hospital less often,” a look at the incidences and hospitalization figures clearly shows. With the booster vaccinations he agreed with Spahn in the “Welt”.