Shopping trips, birthday parties, concerts, many promise more freedom if they get vaccinated against Covid-19. After all, they no longer have to fear that the coronavirus will make them seriously ill. In Germany, such privileges have so far been excluded. But a look at the USA shows what could be possible in the future.
Because the US disease protection agency CDC has now significantly relaxed the corona rules for vaccinated people:
Vaccinated persons are allowed therefore meet again, even inside and without a mask. They no longer have to adhere to the rules of distance.
Self Visits to the unvaccinated another household are allowed if they have a low risk of severe Covid 19 disease.
Vaccinated must also no longer in quarantineif they have had contact with an acutely infected person and do not experience any symptoms themselves In that case, you don’t need to be tested for the virus either.
“We know that people want to get vaccinated so they can do the things they enjoy again – with the people they love,” said CDC director Rochelle Walensky. “Now fully vaccinated people can resume certain activities within their own four walls.” However, vaccinated people would also have to keep to the rules in public.
9.2 percent of the US population is already fully protected
Anyone who received the final vaccination dose at least two weeks ago is considered fully vaccinated. In the case of the vaccines from Biontech and Pfizer, the period from the second dose applies. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, on the other hand, only provides one dose. Accordingly, the freedoms apply already two weeks after the vaccination. The EU has also ordered millions of doses of the vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, and approval is expected this week.
According to estimates, 31 million people in the USA have already been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, which corresponds to about 9.2 percent of the population. More than two million doses are given every day. US President Joe Biden recently brought forward the vaccination promise by two months. According to this, all adults in the USA should have the chance to be vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of May.
This was made possible by an unusual deal between actually rival pharmaceutical companies supported by the US government. Pharmaceutical giant Merck, which failed to develop a vaccine against Covid-19, will now manufacture Johnson & Johnson’s product. As a result, the USA has significantly more doses available than previously thought.
Is the “vaccination euphoria” coming?
Critics, on the other hand, fear “vaccination euphoria”. The easing could lull people into a false sense of security and lead them to no longer consistently comply with corona restrictions. It is particularly risky that vaccinated people should also be able to meet non-vaccinated people. Because so far it is still unclear how well the vaccines protect against infection.
In the worst case, people who have been vaccinated could remain contagious and unintentionally spread the virus. Initial data from Israel indicate that Biontech’s vaccine can also reliably prevent infections, but further studies are still pending.
Leading US experts were also initially skeptical of privileges for vaccinated people. Chief virologist Anthony Fauci had warned in February that vaccinated people should wait before visiting a restaurant or cinema.
According to the news website Statnews, which specializes in reporting on health topics, some health experts feared that the willingness to be vaccinated could decline. The measures now in place could be a response.
However, the vaccinations are not a free ticket in the USA either. For example, there has not yet been any relaxation in travel. Vaccinated people should also continue to wear a mask and avoid crowds.
Privileges for vaccinated people are also being discussed in Germany. A European vaccination certificate should come in the next three months. However, it is unclear what relief will be associated with this.
“The state would be badly advised if it interfered”
Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) had spoken out clearly against privileges for vaccinated people. Spahn fears, among other things, for cohesion in the country. The pandemic can only be overcome together, he said at the end of December. “Many are waiting in solidarity so that some can be vaccinated first. And those who have not yet been vaccinated expect the vaccinated to be patient in solidarity. «Nobody should demand special rights as long as not everyone has had the chance to be vaccinated. The SPD sees it similarly.
Tour operators such as TUI, on the other hand, held out the prospect that the vaccination certificate could create the basis for travel in summer. The head of the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko), Thomas Mertens, also believes that loosening for vaccinated people will be difficult to prevent.
“For things that are subject to a free contract, from attending a concert to a trip, the state would be badly advised if it interfered,” said Mertens of the “Augsburger Allgemeine”. But he mentioned a crucial difference: “Elementary everyday things must also be possible without vaccination protection, such as using public transport or staying in a hospital.”