Only 20% of all asylum seekers living in accommodation centers in Germany want to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, the state government of Lower Saxony said. A publicity campaign is to address the lack of trust in vaccines.
In the northern German state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), one in five asylum seekers in initial reception facilities eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination said they are willing to get vaccinated.
That's according to the state government, whose spokesperson told the Protestant News Service epd the situation in Germany's other 15 states is similar.
One reason for residents' vaccine scepticism was not seeing any severe coronavirus cases in their surroundings, the spokesperson of the Lower Saxony's state reception authority (Landesaufnahmebehörde) said. A lack of general trust in the vaccines was another argument put forward.
According to the spokesperson, the state reception authority will launch a publicity campaign directly addressing the asylum seekers in their accommodation.
Social workers, interpreters and residents' participation committees are to talk to the asylum seekers and distribute information material in different languages, the spokesperson said.
Berlin's Office of Refugee Affairs (LAF) recently launched information videos about vaccinations in 15 languages. According to the LAF, centers in other parts of Germany responded positively to the initiative.
Early last month, the LAF said it hoped to start vaccinating residents in asylum seeker centers in April. Asylum seekers who live in accommodation centers in Germany are among the second priority group to receive the vaccine.