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BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – According to a survey, a large majority of people in Germany want to adhere to the specified contact restrictions at Christmas to combat the corona pandemic. According to a survey by the YouGov opinion research institute on behalf of the German Press Agency, 83 percent of those surveyed said they wanted to follow all Corona rules at Christmas. Meanwhile, a few days before the expected start of the corona vaccinations, CSU state group leader Alexander Dobrindt emphasized the role model function for politicians on this topic. AfD parliamentary group leader Alexander Gauland, on the other hand, emphasized his skepticism about a corona vaccination.
In the YouGove survey, only one in ten said they wanted to deviate from the Corona rules, seven percent gave no information. With age, the willingness to adhere to the restrictions increases. Among the 18 to 24-year-olds it is 72 percent, among people over 55 even 91 percent.
At Christmas, the contact restrictions that were in effect during the lockdown will be relaxed somewhat. From December 24th to 26th, depending on the infection rate, meetings with a household and four other people over the age of 14 should be possible. These must come from the “closest family circle”.
According to the current status, the first people in Germany should be vaccinated against Covid-19 shortly after Christmas. Politicians should be present with a view to the vaccination skepticism in parts of the population at the beginning of the vaccination process, said the CSU politician Dobrindt of the German press agency. “It’s not about a vaccination privilege, it’s about a vaccination model.” The responsibility for the vaccination is much more important than the possible accusation that politicians want to obtain a privilege. It is crucial to start vaccinating as soon as possible.
AfD parliamentary group leader Gauland told the dpa that he had not yet given a thought to whether he would be vaccinated. The 79-year-old stated that he was not fundamentally against compulsory vaccination, but in the case of Covid-19 one had to take into account the great reservations in parts of the population.
On Monday, the European drug agency EMA wants to give its assessment of the vaccine from BioNTech and Pfizer. According to his own words, Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) expects the EU Commission to allow the serum on Tuesday. The Paul Ehrlich Institute responsible in Germany then checks the delivery batches to see whether the vaccination doses correspond to the approval. The start of vaccination in Germany is scheduled for December 27th.
The vaccine planned for Germany can only be delivered to a central delivery point from the Pfizer plant in Puurs, Belgium, after approval by the European Commission, as Biontech board member Sean Marett announced on Friday. From there, the vaccine will be brought to the individual distribution centers in the federal states.
Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) announced on Friday who should get the corona vaccinations first. The “highest” priority in group 1 has not only over 80-year-olds, staff and residents in nursing homes, but also health workers with a very high risk of infection, for example in intensive care units, emergency rooms and rescue services. Group 2 includes people over the age of 70 and, among others, people with dementia or an intellectual disability. Group 3 includes people over 60 and people with diseases such as cancer or diabetes. This also includes, for example, the police, fire brigade, staff in food retailing, and educators. Since there will not be enough vaccine doses at the beginning, prioritization is necessary.
Vice Chancellor Scholz defended the prioritization of the corona vaccination against criticism. “The point is to reduce the risk of infection as quickly and as efficiently as possible,” emphasized the finance minister. It is therefore right that those who are particularly in need of protection should be vaccinated first. At the same time, Scholz dampened hopes for quick success. Over the course of the months, “enough citizens in Germany would be vaccinated to contain the pandemic,” he said. “But that will drag on because a large number of vaccination doses will have to be produced and vaccinated.”
Meanwhile, a member of the Ethics Council made a drastic proposal to vaccine refusers in society. “If you want to refuse vaccination at all, you should, please, keep a document with you at all times with the inscription:” I do not want to be vaccinated! I want to leave protection against the disease to others! If I get sick, I want to leave my intensive care bed and my ventilator to others, “quoted the” Bild “newspaper (Saturday) from a letter from human geneticist Wolfram Henn to those who refused to vaccinate.
Demonstrations and silent marches against the corona policy are expected at the weekend in Berlin, Stuttgart and Leipzig, among others. A silent march with 2000 participants is registered for Sunday in Berlin and one with 500 participants in Stuttgart. In Leipzig, a “lateral thinking” demo planned for Saturday was prohibited because it had not been registered on time. The police are still preparing for an operation./nif/DP/nas