Vaccinated people are 10 times less likely to be hospitalized with the COVID-19 virus compared to the unvaccinated population, said Robert Koch Institute (RKI) Professor Lothar Wieler.
During a news conference in Germany, Wieler stated that vaccines provide a strong protection against the virus and help slow the spread of the disease and emergence of new variants.
Wieler also noted a recent RKI study that shows that vaccinations prevented an estimated 38,000 deaths and 77,000 hospitalizations in the country between January and July 2021, while 20,000 inoculated people were saved from landing in intensive care units.
The RKI professor is calling on undecided people to get their jabs without delay, warning that Germany may face a new surge in infections during fall and winter if it fails to meet its vaccination target in the coming weeks.
Over 66% of the German population have already received their COVID-19 vaccines, with 61.7% fully vaccinated. The government is aiming to vaccinate 70% of their population by the end of September.