The vaccination campaign gathers speed

COVID-19 vaccinations The vaccination campaign gathers speed

COVID-19 vaccinations are being administered nationwide. In nursing and care homes, over 700,000 residents have been vaccinated. By the end of next week, 10 million doses of vaccine should have been delivered. Here is an overview of COVID-19 vaccinations.

Syringe with COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccinations began throughout Germany at the end of December.

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Since the vaccination campaign was launched at the end of December 2020, a total of 4,422,007 people have been vaccinated (as at 17 February). 1,525,943 people have already received both injections. The Federal Ministry of Health publishes the latest figures on a new dashboard. At you can also see the break-down of total vaccinations to date by specific population groups.

The aim at the moment is to protect the weakest, which is why the focus is on pension, nursing and care homes. Everybody over the age of 80 is also in priority group 1 (the top priority), along with the staff of home-based care services, intensive care unit staff, accident and emergency staff and the ambulance services. 

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Vaccination regulations: this is the order in which COVID-19 vaccinations will be offered

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When can I be vaccinated?

Currently, only people in priority group 1 (the top priority) can be vaccinated. If you are part of that group, find out what arrangements have been made in your federal state for making an appointment. 

Vaccinations are available at vaccination centres now, while mobile vaccination teams are deployed to facilities such as care and nursing homes. Vaccinations are organised by each federal state.

Doctors’ practices cannot yet offer vaccinations.

Information will be made available in good time about the start of vaccinations for the following groups.

Ten million doses by the end of next week

“The vaccination campaign is gathering speed,” said Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn. "We are becoming faster and better on the way out of the pandemic.” By the end of next week, 10 million doses of vaccine will have been delivered.

At a press conference on 17 February, the Federal Health Minister pointed out that over 700,000 care and nursing home residents have now been vaccinated, and 460,000 of them have received both vaccinations. Since not everyone has accepted the offer of a vaccination, the minister is confident that “the common goal of federal and state governments” can be achieved, i.e. that everybody in care and nursing homes can soon be offered a vaccination.“

Three vaccines are available

For the entire first quarter of 2021, Germany expects to receive between 11 and 13 million vaccination doses from BioNTech. A second vaccine was approved for use in the EU at the start of January. The European Commission issued a conditional market authorisation for the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Moderna, on  the basis of the recommendation of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). In the first three months of the year, Germany should receive almost two million doses from Moderna. On 29 January, the vaccine of the British-Swedish company AstaZeneca was also approved by the EU. Here you will find an overview of progress on approving COVID-19 vaccines.

Because of the initial scarcity of vaccines, mobile teams have been in action vaccinating primarily residents of care and nursing homes first. It is more time-consuming and more complex to organise these vaccinations than it is when vaccine centres can be used. Gradually, the federal states are now starting up their vaccination centres and the numbers of daily vaccinations are on the rise. The German government is also endeavouring at several levels to increase the availability of vaccines, even in the short term.

Option to receive 300 million vaccination doses

If all vaccination candidates are approved for use, Germany will expect to receive a total of 300 million doses. This figure includes the number of doses that Germany will receive under the contracts concluded by the EU as well as the vaccination doses agreed with German manufacturers who have received German government funding.

More information about the COVID-19 vaccination

You will find answers to the main questions relating to the COVID-19 vaccination on our dedicated topic page and in our detailed FAQs

Click here to read the vaccination regulations in full.

In another text we address misconceptions and false information about the COVID-19 vaccination and explain what is behind them.

Here you will find an overview of the development status of the various vaccines.