German Federal Minister of Health, Jens Spahn, says that government will not allow the easing of COVID-19-related restrictions for persons, who have already been vaccinated against the virus.
The minister made the clarification, while speaking with the German ZDF broadcaster on Monday.
“Some have a priority now to get vaccinated first because we have only a few vaccines available.
“Those, who have not been vaccinated, can expect those who have been vaccinated to show solidarity and not declare that they are no longer subject to something like wearing face masks.
“We have confronted the pandemic until now, in solidarity as a society, and we will confront it in the coming months in the same way until everyone will be offered a vaccine.”
A vaccination campaign began in Germany on Sunday.
According to the national vaccination plan adopted on Dec. 18, persons over 80 years and care workers, as well as medical personnel of intensive care units and emergency rooms, who are at a high risk of exposure to COVID-19, would be vaccinated first.
Earlier in December, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said that the authorities in Germany had agreed on toughening the coronavirus-related restrictions, ahead of the Christmas season until January 10.
As part of these measures, Germany was to close all non-essential businesses and banning alcohol consumption in public areas.