Chancellor Angela Merkel implored Germans on Sunday to make use of a week-long COVID-19 vaccination campaign in which people can get a free jab at mosques, shops and football pitches, writes Reuters.
Worried that Germany’s vaccination rate of around 62% will not be sufficient to stave off a winter wave of COVID-19 infections, especially due to the dominant Delta variant, the government is making a big push to encourage waverers.
“Never was it simpler to get a vaccination. Never has it been quicker”, - Merkel said in her weekly podcast, adding people could from Monday get a dose without an appointment on public transport and at places of worship and sports facilities.
Some 4 million people in Germany have suffered from COVID-19 and more than 90,000 people have died.
Merkel said while it was good that some 66% of the population have had one dose and 62% are fully vaccinated, case numbers were rising and most people who are hospitalised are not vaccinated.
“To get through autumn and winter, we must convince more people to get vaccinated. I ask you: protect yourself and other people. Get vaccinated”, - she said.