Vaccine will not grant special privileges, for now

A cyclist rides on a bike path in front of nearly empty streets at the Victory Column in Berlin, Germany, 02 February 2021. [EPA-EFE/CLEMENS BILAN]

Restrictions should not be relaxed for people who have already been vaccinated at the present time, the German Ethics Council, an important government adviser for pandemic-related questions, said in a statement.

The Council’s position stems largely from the fact that it remains uncertain whether vaccinated people can still spread the virus.

However, the council did argue that there should be exemptions for nursing home residents, who are not allowed to leave or have visitors. These restrictions should be lifted once residents are vaccinated, the group stated.

In the long-term, however, as more people get the vaccine, this recommendation could change but a decision has been pushed to a later date.

“As long as not everyone has had the chance to be vaccinated, many people would consider special rights for vaccinated people unfair,” Sigrid Graumann, a member of the Council, explained in a press conference. (Sarah Lawton |

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