Germans to receive COVID-19 vaccine jabs in medical practices from next week

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BERLIN, April 1 (Xinhua) — Starting next week, Germans will receive COVID-19 vaccine jabs in medical practices — in addition to vaccination centers currently giving shots, Health Minister Jens Spahn announced at a press conference Thursday.

While around 2.5 million vaccine doses will continue to be delivered to the country’s vaccination centers each week, around one million doses will be delivered to doctors and general practitioners in Germany.

By the end of April, the number of vaccine doses delivered to medical practices across Germany will be increased to more than three million, according to Spahn, describing the move to include doctors in the vaccination campaign as “no big step, but an important one.”

Germany is seeking to increase daily vaccination rates amid sharply rising COVID-19 infections. On Thursday, 24,300 new cases were registered within one day, around 1,600 more than one week ago, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

More than three months after the start of the coronavirus vaccination campaign in Germany, around 4.15 million people were fully vaccinated as of Wednesday, bringing the country’s vaccination rate to 5.0 percent, according to the RKI.

To date, more than 2.8 million COVID-19 infections have been officially registered in Germany since the outbreak of the pandemic. The death toll climbed to 76,543 on Thursday, according to the RKI. Enditem

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