Health ministers meeting in Germany: Discussion on vaccination status of refugees from Ukraine

Putin’s war in Ukraine continues, with hundreds of thousands of people fleeing. According to information released Wednesday by the UN refugee agency UNHCR, about 836,000 people have left the country. According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, more than 5,300 refugees have already arrived in Germany, most of them in Berlin.

In the coming days and weeks, the influx of refugees will intensify, so the health ministers of the federal states are planning consultations on people who are trying to escape the horrors of war.

As Deutsche Presse-Agentur has learned from government circles, the topic of the next conference of health ministers (Monday, 7.3.) is to be the status of vaccination against coronavirus of Ukrainian refugees. The discussion is to be put on the agenda at the request of Bavaria.

The background of the request to discuss the topic is the significantly lower – compared to Germany – vaccination rate of the population in Ukraine. Currently, only about 35 percent have been fully vaccinated with an EU-approved vaccine. About 30 percent are said to have received the Chinese Sinovac vaccine, which is not approved in the EU.

Across Europe, the UN expects up to five million refugees from Ukraine.

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