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Germany: More than half of the population partially inoculated

As of Friday, 50.1% of German residents have had at least one dose and 29.6% are fully immunized against Covid-19, Health Minister Jens Spahn said at a press briefing in Berlin.

After initially prioritizing the elderly and people at greater risk, Germany opened up immunization to all adults as well as children as young as 12 earlier this month. The step was facilitated by more deliveries of vaccines, especially from Mainz-based BioNTech SE.

Pharmacies across Germany started to issue certificates on Monday to persons who have been fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus but still do not have any proof of that. In addition, the ones who have already received all the required vaccine doses will be able to receive a digital certification retroactively.

Travellers from non-European Union countries who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to enter Germany from June 25 unless the country is designated a virus variant area, the interior ministry said on Thursday.

“Visiting trips and tourism thus become possible again for vaccinated people,” said the ministry, adding that individuals must have received the final required dose of their vaccine 14 days prior to travel.

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