Vaccinated people may no longer have to be in quarantine, says German minister
Vaccine passports: Expert discusses 'schemes'
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Jens Spahn said on Sunday those who have been inoculated will be entitled to rights those who have not been given the jab will not be able to access. The so-called vaccine passports will enable immunised Germans to travel without quarantining upon return, he said.
The news comes after a new study revealed inoculated people only present a minimal chance of infecting others.
Speaking to Germany’s Bild newspaper, Mr Spahn said: “Anyone who is vaccinated can go to the shop or the hairdresser without further testing.
“In addition, according to the Robert Koch Institute (Germany’s top health research agency), completely vaccinated people no longer have to be in quarantine.”
Mr Spahn did not offer a timeline for when possible certificates will come into force, but German news outlets claimed they could be implemented in the coming weeks.
People who have takes both doses of the jab will be able to continue their lives restriction-free from 14 days after their second dose.
Mr Spahn said: “According to the research, the risk of virus transmission by people who have been fully vaccinated from the 15th day after the second vaccination dose is lower than an asymptomatic person who has tested negative with a rapid antigen test.”
He explained that the “current state of knowledge indicates that vaccinated persons probably no longer play a significant role in the epidemiology (ie transmission) of the disease”.
In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to outline today a vaccine passport plan to allow Britons “to return to the things they love as safely as possible”.
Hospitality and retail businesses will not enforce the measure for now, with the Government confirming some sectors will remain exempt.
However, a pilot scheme will be trialled in a bid to guarantee a safe return to entertainment and sporting events.
Liverpool comedy club will be the first to test the programme next week.
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Those attending the trialled events will need a coronavirus certificate that will prove they have received the jab or have been infected, and so have natural immunity to, the virus.
A recent negative coronavirus test will also show on the passport and allow access.
The document can be displayed on a phone but the NHS is also looking into launching non-digital options.
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