After the Ministry of Health already the need for additional protective measures had stressed “to protect the health system from excessive burdens” and unvaccinated groups of people from a possible “consequential disease”, the federal and state governments have now reacted and adopted new measures and rules, such as daily News reported. This is to avoid another lockdown.
Increasing vaccination rates have top priority
So far, around 60% of Germans have been vaccinated at least once and over 50% have full vaccination protection. The primary goal is therefore to win even more people for corona vaccination – including those who were not met by the previous offer or who voluntarily decided not to get vaccinated early. The next measure could also help increase the vaccination rate.
No more free corona tests
Free city tests will soon become a thing of the past. So from 11 October Unvaccinated people have to pay for their corona tests themselves. However, exceptions apply to people who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and to population groups for which the Standing Commission on Vaccination has not issued a general vaccination recommendation. This includes pregnant women, children and young people. The decision is justified by the fact that all citizens can be offered vaccinations by October.
The Federal Ministry of Health is also asking federal states to establish test concepts for kindergartens and schools in the fall and winter.
The indoor “3G rule”
Some actions, such as participation in indoor events, become the latest from 23 August be possible only for vaccinated, cured or tested (3G). This includes:
- Visits to hospitals and nursing homes
- indoor catering
- overnight stays at the hotel
- physical services
- Indoor sports
- indoor events
- Great indoor and outdoor events
Rapid antigen negative tests should not be older than 24 hours – PCR tests should not be older than 48 hours.