Up to now in Germany people who underwent the COVID-19 were recognized as recovered for 180 days. However the Robert Koch Institute has published new guidelines for the certificate of recovered status, effective from 15th January. It will now only be valid for three months instead of six. After this time, a booster vaccination is recommended. A person who is able to provide a positive PCR test from at least 28 days ago is considered a recovered patient.
The change is controversial – there were comments on Twitter from opponents of the pandemic restrictions, who wrote that unvaccinated people will now be “excluded from society” after a few months. In their view, in this way the Robert Koch Institute wanted to increase the pressure on the unvaccinated.
In Germany, 75 percent of the population has received the first dose of the vaccine; 72.6 percent are already after the second dose. As of January 16, 46.6 percent of the population had also received a booster dose of the vaccine. Since the beginning of the pandemic, nearly eight million citizens have been infected with the coronavirus.