Germany’s vaccination commission provides COVID-19 vaccine recommendations

An undated handout made available by the German pharmaceutical company Biontech shows a hand holding an ampoule with BNT162b2, the mRNA-based vaccine candidate against COVID-19, in Mainz, Germany. [EPA-EFE/BIONTECH SE / HANDOUT]

Germany’s Standing Commission on Vaccination made initial recommendations on Monday for those who will first receive the coronavirus vaccine.

Similar to other countries, the commission gives priority – given the limited supply – to those over 80, residents and personnel in nursing homes, and medical professionals at a high risk of contracting the virus.

The plan aims to “prevent as much health and social harm as possible from the COVID-19 pandemic,” the draft claims.

The health ministry has given expert groups until Thursday to review and comment on the recommendations so that it can then issue a legal resolution on the matter.

(Sarah Lawton |

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