Chancellor Angela Merkel’s urgent appeal: ‘Get vaccinated’

The vaccination campaign in Germany has come to a standstill. Chancellor Merkel made an urgent appeal to all those who have not yet been vaccinated against Covid-19: “I ask you: protect yourself and others. Get vaccinated. Now.” Enough reliable and effective vaccines are currently available, Merkel stressed.


In the wake of the fourth wave of coronavirus in Germany, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is promoting a nationwide week-long campaign to promote vaccination. The CDU politician explained in a podcast published Sunday that the vast majority of patients treated in hospitals or intensive care units are unvaccinated. She added that even more people need to be persuaded to be vaccinated in order to get through the autumn and winter well and then permanently contain the virus. So far, less than 65 percent of the German population is fully vaccinated.

Starting Monday, a vaccination week will be held in Germany, during which anyone can easily get vaccinated against Covid-19 free of charge. Health Minister Jens Spahn said the campaign is the result of cooperation between federal, state and local authorities and organizations and associations. It is being run on social media under the hashtag #hierwirdgeimpft, and there is also a website of the same name.

Already more than 4 million confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in Germany

The Robert Koch Institute (IRK) recently reported 7,345 new infections. This is 3,108 fewer than on Sunday a week ago. However, the IRK data reports only 1 new case in Baden-Württemberg, while the state recently reported more than 1,000 new cases per day. This may indicate technical problems in transmitting the latest figures to the IRK and incomplete statistics.

The incidence rate dropped to 80.2 from the 82.8 recorded the day before, a value that indicates how many people per 100,000 residents were infected with coronavirus in the past seven days. Eight more people died in Germany due to contracting Covid-19. This brings the total number of recorded deaths to 92,606. So far, nearly 4.07 million people have tested positive for the coronavirus.


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