Less freedom for the unvaccinated, Merkel's top aide warns
July 25, 2021
The German chancellor's most senior adviser has said that those who fail to get their coronavirus jabs will enjoy fewer freedoms. Helge Braun warned they may be denied entry to bars and cultural events.
German unvaccinated may face restrictions
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's top aide warned on Sunday that unvaccinated people will have fewer freedoms than those who have decided to get the coronavirus jab.
Helge Braun, the outgoing leader's chief of staff, told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that they may find themselves being denied entry to bars, cinemas or sporting events.
The onset of a fourth wave of the virus "would not be without consequences," the 48-year-old official told the Sunday edition of the popular tabloid.
"If we have a high rate of infection despite our testing procedures then the unvaccinated will have to reduce their contacts," he said.
"That can mean that certain options like restaurants, cinemas and visits to stadiums, even for unvaccinated people who have been tested, would no longer be possible, because the risk to everyone else is too high."
Braun, who is also a medical doctor, said another full lockdown can be avoided in Germany if vaccines are shown to work well against the delta variant of COVID-19.
He urged those who have not yet received a coronavirus vaccine to go out and do so.
"Vaccination protects me 90% from a serious coronavirus infection," he told Bild am Sonntag.
"And those who have been vaccinated will definitely have more freedom than those who have not been vaccinated."
Braun's comments go further than Chancellor Merkel's last remarks on the issue.