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The Mail on Sunday - 2021-11-21

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Germany slow to get its pensioners jabbed

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By Stephen Adams MEDICAL EDITOR

ON THE face of it, the UK’s vaccination rates are comparable with countries now in the grip of a brutal ‘fourth wave’ of Covid. Figures show that 68 per cent of our population has now been double-jabbed compared with 67 per cent in Germany and 64 per cent in Austria. But beneath these broadly similar headline statistics lies the reassuring fact that far more of our elderly are fully protected against Covid. Only about four per cent of over60s in the UK have not had their second shot, amounting to some 650,000 people. Almost two-thirds have recently had a booster jab. By contrast, vaccination coverage among German and Austrian pensioners is far more patchy. Both countries were dogged by sluggish vaccination campaigns early in the year due to European Union foot-dragging over vaccine approval. They have also been slower than the UK in green-lighting booster jabs.

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