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Vaccination against the coronavirus has been taking place since December 27th, 2020 - or better said against severe courses of infection with the dangerous lung virus and the resulting disease Covid-19. Before Christmas, the European authority EMA had approved the vaccine from Biontech and Pfizer. The Robert Koch Institute in Berlin publishes data on vaccinations in Germany every day. It becomes clear that things are progressing too slowly! There were also breakdowns in Franconia and some vaccine doses that had already been delivered could no longer be administered - the cold chain had been interrupted. The result: there is not as much vaccination as targeted.

Vaccination: A Long Road To Herd Immunity

But even if everything goes according to plan, there is a great willingness to vaccinate and the vaccination centers in Germany carry out vaccinations according to their capacities, it takes about eight months until enough people are vaccinated to speak of "herd immunity". This term means that enough people are immune to break chains of infection and make severe disease significantly less frequent.

Herd immunity is especially important because there are many people who cannot be vaccinated. For example, leukemia sufferers or people who have to take immune-inhibiting medication because they have had an organ transplanted, explains Luka Cicin-Sain from the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research in Braunschweig. "You can only be protected by herd immunity," says the scientist.

To achieve this, between 60 and 70 percent of the population must have been immunized, according to the initial guideline. In terms of Germany, this means that around 50 million people would have to be vaccinated in order to assume sufficient immunization. 50 million corresponds to about 60 percent of the population; In addition, there are all people who have become immune to the coronavirus due to an infection that has already occurred.

Is a vaccination rate of 60 to 70 percent actually sufficient?

The initial vaccination rate of 60 to 70 percent seems too optimistic for many researchers to achieve herd immunity in Germany. Many aspects are still uncertain at this point in time. It is not yet clear whether the approved vaccine will protect against transmission of the virus. It is not yet possible to say how long the vaccination protection will last.

In addition, the coronavirus is constantly changing. The mutation B.1.1.7, which was initially detected in Great Britain and then also in Germany, for example, is much more contagious according to the current state of knowledge. Because of these factors, the proportion of vaccinated people in the population must then increase in order to be able to achieve what is known as herd immunity, explains the doctor Cicin-Sain. He speaks of 80, 85, maybe even 90 percent. For comparison: measles is much more contagious than any known mutation of the coronavirus. A vaccination rate of over 90 percent is necessary here.

It is also important to know: At least with the corona vaccine from Biontech and Pfizer, sufficient vaccination protection is only mentioned if a second injection has been made. Until then, you can only list the vaccinations and see how long it will take before the vaccinations represent another perspective in the fight against the coronavirus.

In Bavaria, too, vaccination is making slow progress

inFranken.de has compiled graphics that show how the federal states compare when it comes to vaccination. To make the numbers comparable, they are converted to 1000 inhabitants.

inFranken.de has also calculated a perspective from the figures as to when, according to the current status, it will take to have enough people vaccinated in Germany. The fluctuation is currently still very large, as each new day can still have a strong influence on the average value. The date, which is calculated from the previous data, is therefore by no means reliable, but we have already given it. This date will change a lot - hopefully to the extent that the date is getting closer.

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