The Robert Koch Institute for Disease Control (RKI) believes that the actual number of vaccinations carried out in Germany is up to five percentage points higher than official reports show. Five percentage points in the adult population corresponds to approximately 3.5 million people.
RKI believes that up to 84 percent of people over the age of 18 in Germany have received at least one sting, and up to 80 percent have already been fully vaccinated (by Tuesday, October 5).
The assessment is based on citizen surveys and reporting data. According to official reports from vaccination centers, just under 80 percent of those over 18 received the first dose, and just over 75 percent were completely stabbed.
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The RKI in its latest report says that “the vaccination rate reported in the Digital Vaccination Rate Monitoring should be understood as the minimum vaccination rate”.
Health Minister Jens Spahn said that means the German vaccination campaign is more successful than expected.
“It gives us extra security for fall and winter,” he said.
Germany strives for that least 75 percent of children between the ages of 12 and 59 were stabbed, and 90 percent over the age of 60 were immunized to prevent the reappearance of Covid from hitting the country with heavy and overcrowded hospitals.
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The vaccination rate in 🇩🇪 is higher than expected. According to @rki_de that is up to 5 percentage points more than the reported data. That’s really good news: 80% of adults are already fully vaccinated. This gives greater security for fall and winter. (1/2)
– Jens Spahn (@jensspahn) October 7, 2021
Why do experts think that more people have been vaccinated in Germany than we thought?
The local reported earlier in August that a A survey of vaccinations against Covid-19 in Germany showed that significantly more people received stab wounds than reported.
In a previous report, the RKI also said it was they found “some uncertainty” in the interpretation of vaccination rate data. The health authority said there was a likely discrepancy between the figures from those it examined and official statistics.
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The RKI cites various explanations, including the possibility that people who see vaccination as a positive thing may have been more willing to participate in the research, which could lead to bias.
Since the surveys were conducted in German, they would probably also exclude people who do not have language skills to participate.
Another reason could be related to the way vaccines are reported. For example, when Johnson & Johnson vaccine was administered to a person, doctors could report it as a second dose of vaccination and could not record the type of vaccine or the age group of the recipient.
Some shots may not have been recorded at all.