According to a new evaluation by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the corona vaccinations in Germany are probably more recorded than in the registration statistics. It can be assumed that among adults up to 84 percent are vaccinated at least once and up to 80 percent are fully vaccinated According to a current RKI report with a deadline of October 5th. That would correspond to five percentage points higher vaccination rates than according to official reports from the vaccination centers.
Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) spoke of “really good news” and keeps mask requirements outdoors no longer necessary – inside, protective rules remained important.
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The vaccination campaign was “even more successful than previously thought,” said Spahn with reference to the RKI evaluations. “That gives us additional security for autumn and winter. With prudence and caution, we want to go back to freedom and normalcy step by step. ”
The vaccination rates that have now been achieved have made it possible to dispense with guidelines for wearing medical masks outside . In indoor spaces, access rules for vaccinated, convalescent and tested people (3G) with the option for 2G only remain important for vaccinated and convalescent people – as well as hygiene rules with distance and masks, especially on buses and trains.
“From today’s perspective, there will be no need for any further restrictions,” said Spahn with a view to autumn and winter. “Each further vaccination increases safety and enables even more normalcy,” said the Minister of the German Press Agency.
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The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach called the new RKI data plausible. Nevertheless, this is not enough for a “Freedom Day” – an end to all restrictions. “A few weeks of 2G and good vaccination offers would help,” wrote Lauterbach on Twitter.
The RKI explains it in the analysis, which was initially reported by the newspapers of the Funke media group It is obvious that “the vaccination quota reported in the digital vaccination quota monitoring is to be understood as a minimum vaccination quota and an underestimation of up to 5 percentage points for the proportion of people who have been vaccinated at least once or who have been completely vaccinated can be assumed.”
The estimate is based on citizen surveys and registration data. To illustrate: five percentage points in adults roughly correspond to 3.5 million people.
The background is that in surveys by the RKI, significantly more people state that they are already vaccinated than are noted in the registration statistics. According to their reports from vaccination centers such as practices, company doctors and vaccination centers, just under 80 percent of people from 18 years got a first injection, well 75 percent already the second.
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In relation to the entire population, according to data from Thursday, 65 percent or 27 millions of people completely vaccinated with the second syringe, which is usually necessary for this . Have at least one first vaccination 56 8 million people or 68, 4 percent of all Inhabitants.
The RKI names various explanations for a higher vaccination rate among adults – among other things, that people who are less willing to vaccinate are underrepresented in the surveys. In addition, the RKI states that people with poor knowledge of German cannot take part in the survey. “There is a presumption that language barriers also lead to less use of the COVID – 18 vaccination.”
Already in August there was talk of “certain uncertainty”
In addition, certain vaccinations would not be included in the statistics recorded. As early as August, the RKI had reported “a certain degree of uncertainty” in the interpretation of vaccination quota data.
There are also reporting delays in some cases. So far, only about half of the company doctors registered in the digital system have reported vaccinations via the web application. This could be “an indication of under-recording of the vaccination quotas”.
In addition, it can be assumed that not all vaccinations are transmitted via corresponding reporting portals in everyday practice. Assuming all up 27. If the doses delivered on September 5th had been vaccinated by October 5th, the proportion of adults vaccinated at least once increased by 3.2 points.
The German Foundation for Patient Protection criticized it is when the government relies on surveys to assess vaccination progress. “After all, it is known that socially desirable behavior is often indicated in surveys,” said Eugen Brysch, member of the management board. “The facts alone are decisive.” With hymns of praise for higher vaccination rates, Spahn is doing the vaccination campaign a disservice. ( dpa )