Several federal states exempt boosters from the obligation to test

Corona booster vaccination
Several countries overturn compulsory testing after booster vaccination

Malu Dreyer (SPD), Prime Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate

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In contrast to 2G, the 2G-plus regulation stipulates that people who have been vaccinated also need a test before entering a restaurant, for example. People with the booster vaccination are now exempt from it again in several federal states.

In several federal states, there is no compulsory test for people who have received a booster vaccination against Corona. Lower Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg announced the easing for third-party vaccinations on Friday with effect from Saturday. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is also examining such a step – but Health Minister Stefanie Drese (SPD) hopes for a nationwide solution and wants to address the issue at the health ministers’ conference on Monday, said a ministry spokesman for the German press agency.

Dreyer: Booster vaccination increases vaccination protection enormously

The booster vaccination increases the vaccination protection enormously, said the Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (SPD). “This means that you no longer need another test when you visit a restaurant or when you enter a fitness studio, for example.” The 2G-plus rule stipulates that only vaccinated and convalescent people with a negative test have access.

Previously, Lower Saxony had already overturned the obligation to test after a booster vaccination with effect from Saturday. This should also be included in the new version of the Corona regulation, which, according to government spokeswoman Anke Pörksen, should come into force in the middle of next week. The background is bottlenecks in testing; long lines in front of test centers should be avoided. The exemption from the obligation to test applies from the third vaccination. For people with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the second vaccination is decisive and is considered a refresher within the meaning of the new regulation.

From a scientific point of view, there is a very low probability of infecting yourself and others after the booster vaccination. “The level of vaccination protection in this group is so high that the risk that people who have been vaccinated will pass the virus on to one another is probably only negligible,” said Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) previously.

In Baden-Württemberg, as in Rhineland-Palatinate, the new Corona ordinances that come into force on Saturday will no longer require testing. “People who have already been boosted do not have to present a current negative corona test wherever the 2G-plus rule applies,” said the head of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Uwe Lahl, on Friday in Stuttgart. The aim is to take into account the high level of protection against infections that people have after three vaccinations.


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