Curbs prompt Germans, Austrians to get COVID shots

Germans and Austrians have been rolling up their sleeves on Wednesday (November 17) to get their COVID vaccines - a sign that strong arm tactics against the unvaccinated could be having an effect.

Infections in both countries are soaring, prompting governments to clamp down on people refusing to have their shots.

Parts of Germany - including the capital Berlin - are demanding proof of vaccination or recent recovery from COVID-19 for all indoor leisure activities whilst Austria has ordered a lockdown on the roughly two million people who are not fully vaccinated.

And the new restrictions appear to be working.

The German health ministry said 436,000 people received a shot on Tuesday (November 16), including 300,000 boosters, the highest number in about three months.

Meanwhile official data in Austria showed the number of vaccines administered daily had jumped to about 73,000 in the last week, up from around 20,000 in October, although the vast majority of those were booster shots.

About 65% of Austria's population and about 68% of Germany's are fully vaccinated - well behind countries like Italy and Spain that were much harder hit in the early waves of the pandemic.

For comparison, about 58% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, according to researchers at Our World in Data.

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