Omicron variant, Germany towards vaccination obligation

The German Minister of Health: no Christmas lockdown but mandatory vaccination to stop the fifth wave of Covid

German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has ruled out a Christmas lockdown but warned that the fifth wave of Covid-19 cannot be stopped and has advocated vaccination as the only way to stop the pandemic. “There won’t be a lockdown here before Christmas. But we will have a fifth wave,” Lauterbach said, speaking to broadcaster Ard, noting that the critical threshold for the number of people infected with the Omicron variant has been crossed. “This wave can no longer be stopped completely,” he added.

The goal at this point is “to protect those who are particularly at risk” by relaunching the vaccination campaign, and to educate people about what is possible during the holidays and what is not. “My concern now is to carry out the recall campaign and the first vaccination campaign as quickly as possible, without red tape and at top speed,” said the German health minister.

Germany has recorded 29,348 new cases of Covid and 180 deaths in the last 24 hours.