More than 65% of the total population in Germany is now vaccinated – in other words, to end the epidemic and control the rate of infection in the long term. Very few remove current restrictions such as the mask requirement.
But despite the numbers rising again and the cancellation of many measures such as 3G and 2G and free trials from October 11, the turbo vaccine in this country is still far away.
Independence Day in Portugal – Restrictions largely removed
All that remains is a look of envy on Portugal, which has completely vaccinated 98% of its population in 12 years. On October 1, the country completed its “Esato de Allerto” (alarm level) and lifted several restrictions. Restaurants, hotels and small shops can be tucked in without a mask – and even discos and clubs are reopening.
In fact, the lowest number of new infections in Portugal is around 600 per day. The state of hospitals has also been relaxed. In Germany, by contrast, the number of new infections currently averages over 8,000 over 7 days. There has also been an increase in intensive care cases since August – there are currently more than 1,344 Covid-19 patients in the intensive care unit.
The option to get vaccinated is common in Portugal – citizens are constantly questioned
But without needing a vaccine – how has Portugal crept into other European countries in recent months?
One of the reasons for this is that the vaccine usually plays an important role in the community in Portugal. This is what Manuel Ivon da Cunha, a sociologist at the University of Minho in northern Portugal, said in an interview.
A valid vaccination certificate must be issued when enrolling in schools, applying for a driver’s license or applying for a job in the public service. The sociologist explained that Portugal has an environment that facilitates vaccinations and offers strong incentives. The suspicion and refusal of vaccination camp is much smaller than in other European countries. “Acceptance of vaccines is very high here,” says Da Cunha.
The naval commander has been appointed vaccine chief
In addition, Portugal carried out a sort of “military vaccination campaign” against Corona. Henrik Cueva, former naval commander and logistics specialist, led Operation e Melo. “I have made it clear to people that we are at war with the virus and that we must unite to win against it and protect our children from it,” he told the world.
Each citizen was individually invited to be vaccinated at least three times. If that person does not respond, they will be contacted and called back again and again.
In this way, the Portuguese succeeded in reducing the already small vaccination agents. “I said quietly in front of the cameras that the killer virus, these people were helping him”, “Weld” quotes Couvia e Melo.
The former vaccine leader resigned at the end of September because the 85% vaccination target already achieved at the time was critical to the third vaccine: “We are vaccinating people again and a large part of the world has yet to received the vaccine. This is a mistake for moral, ethical and strategic reasons. Opinion shared by many experts in Germany.
Germans fear negative effects of vaccine
The real reasons why many people in Germany do not get vaccinated were recently brought to light by a cosmo (Govt-snapshot-tracking) study that involved, among other things, the elucidation involving Herbert University, the Institute Robert Koch and the Federal Health Center. :
- Seventy-five percent of those polled said they would consider the vaccine unnecessary if many had been vaccinated.
- Seventy-two percent said the benefit-risk assessment was not in favor of the vaccine.
- On the other hand, 40% expressed concern about the safety of the vaccine: their main arguments include insufficient research, very rapid approval and possible unknown long-term effects.
The study concluded that the safety and benefit of the vaccine are the most relevant factors for stopping vaccination. “With all of these factors, some socio-demographic factors recur, indicating a lack of confidence, a lower sense of risk and a lower preference for vaccination due to parasitism,” the study said.