Germany is changing its priority vaccination strategy in “hotspot areas” to vaccinate the entire population in border areas in an effort to reduce entry of the virus into the interior of the country, the German Health Ministry Press Office told CNN on Thursday.
New vaccination rules in Saxony, Bavaria, Saarland and, if necessary, other states mean they can start to vaccinate the entire population in hotspots at Germany’s borders.
“We are adapting the vaccination ordinance to new findings and developments. To this end, we are adhering to prioritization in order to protect those who are particularly vulnerable. But at the same time, we want to pragmatically make rapid vaccination possible. We need to strike a balance between vaccinating as many people as possible and doing so in the most targeted way possible,” Health Minister Jens Spahn said about the new rules.
For example in Vogtland, Saxony, a border region where infection numbers are very high, everybody over 18 will now be able to be vaccinated according to local health authorities.