The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel has announced today, 2nd of December, 2021 that people who aren’t vaccinated will be excluded from non-essential stores, cultural and recreational venues in Germany
She also said that parliament will consider a general vaccine mandate, as part of an effort to curb Covid-19 infections that increased to about 70,000 newly confirmed cases in a 24-hour period.
She made this known after a meeting with federal and state leaders, saying it was necessary in light of concerns that hospitals in Germany could become overloaded with people suffering Covid-19 infections, which are more likely to be serious in those who haven’t been vaccinated.
“The situation is our country is serious,” Merkel told reporters in Berlin, calling the measure an “act of national solidarity.”
She said officials have also agreed to enforce the use of masks in schools, impose new limits on private meetings and aim for 30 million vaccinations by the end of the year.
Merkel also said that parliament will debate the possibility of imposing a general vaccine mandate that would come into force as early as February.
About 68.7% of German population is vaccinated which is below the 75% the government is aiming at.