BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – In the fight against the corona virus, the chairman of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, has called for more “vaccination skeptics and vaccination deniers” to be approached. “If we do not convince a part of this group of the sense of vaccination, we will not achieve herd immunity,” said Montgomery the editorial network Germany (Wednesday). With a view to the much more contagious Delta variant, he explained: “If you don’t get vaccinated, sooner or later you will be infected with the coronavirus.”
Other experts had previously warned that the feared spread of the delta variant in Germany could make it even more difficult to achieve herd immunity. “Based on the previous, still uncertain data, you would need around 85 percent immune people in the population to indirectly protect the unvaccinated,” said Carsten Watzl, Secretary General of the German Society for Immunology, the German Press Agency.
According to the Robert Koch Institute, 31.6 percent of the population are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. 51.2 percent have at least one vaccination. From the point of view of the immunologist Watzl, a vaccination coverage of 85 percent is difficult to achieve as long as there is no approved vaccine for children under the age of 12 and no general vaccination recommendation for minors.
Montgomery took the view that extensive vaccination coverage of the adult population was necessary. The children made up 17 to 18 percent of the population. For them, the Delta variant is also largely harmless, so that it is likely that the assessment will remain that the vaccination cannot be recommended for children. “We cannot vaccinate the children for the protection of society.”
The statutory health insurance physicians are calling for vaccinations to be faster. “We are in a race against time. The more people will receive both vaccinations in the next few days and weeks, the less the influence of the Delta variant will be,” said Andreas Gassen, CEO of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV), who ” New Osnabrück Newspaper “. In order to get faster, more vaccines would have to be delivered. “There is still too much stuttering in the volume delivery. That is at the expense of planning.”