German Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Thursday that the nation has vaccinated millions more people than ever before, thanks to some unreported vaccination numbers discovered by the Robert Koch Institute for Disease Control.
The institute says that about 80% of adults in Germany have been fully vaccinated, and about 84% have received at least one shot. Previous official reports were about 5% lower – meaning about 3.5 million more people were vaccinated than were reported.
Speaking to reporters in Berlin, Spahn said the discrepancy was detected in the surveys conducted by the RKI that revealed additional vaccinations. He believes that employee vaccination programs at some large companies and mobile vaccination teams in nursing centers and elsewhere may be responsible for those initially unreported.
The new RKI figures are based on surveys and do not include people under the age of 18, which is why the agency has not yet given a new overall number of people vaccinated in Germany.
Spahn said these new numbers are good news in the context of any new COVID-19 restrictions that may be considered in the coming months, barring any unexpected new variants or a surge of cases.
“From today’s perspective, we will not need any further restrictions in autumn and winter to get this time well done without overburdening the health system,” he said.
Some information for this report was provided by The Associated Press and Reuters.