Citizens over 12 in Germany can sign up for COVID-19 jabs from June 7
The vaccination campaign in Germany "gained enormous speed" and the prioritization would be lifted in order to "keep the momentum," said Spahn during a press conference.
So far, appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations in Germany were assigned in prioritization groups, which were primarily based on citizens' age, previous illnesses and occupation.
Last week, the BioNTech-Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine received the first authorization in the European Union (EU) for adolescents and the German government decided that children and adolescents aged over 12 could sign up for vaccination.
Starting next week, company doctors will be more involved in Germany's vaccination campaign and provided with around 700,000 doses of BioNTech/Pfizer in the first week alone, according to Spahn.
More than 15.6 million people in Germany were fully vaccinated as of Tuesday, bringing the country's vaccination rate to 18.8 percent, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). Almost 36.5 million Germans already received at least one dose of a vaccine. ■