Health Minister Tells Germans: Get Vaccinated Or Get COVID

A Malteser employee vaccinates a citizen at the reopened vaccination centre in Luetzen, Germany, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. The district had to close the center on October 1, now residents can again get a first, second or booster vaccination from Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm. Vaccinations are given with vaccines from Biontech and Moderna. In addition to the vaccination center, the district operates three other vaccination centers and a vaccination bus. (Jan Woitas/dpa via AP)

(AP) — Germany’s health minister says the rapid rise in coronavirus cases means it’s likely everyone in the country who isn’t vaccinated will have caught COVID-19 by the end of the winter, and some of those will die.

Official figures showed more than 30,000 newly confirmed cases in Germany over the past 24 hours. Hospitals have warned that ICU capacities are nearly exhausted, with some patients having to be transferred to other clinics far away.

Health Minister Jens Spahn urged Germans to get vaccinated, including with booster shots if their first round of inoculation occurred more than six months ago, to reduce the risk of serious illness. Spahn expects the European Union to approve vaccines against COVID-19 for children aged 5-11 at the end of the week.


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