Flock of sheep form the shape of a 330ft SYRINGE in jab drive

Are ewe jabbed yet? Flock of sheep form the shape of a 330ft SYRINGE as part of German Covid vaccination drive

  • 700 sheep and goats were arranged into 330ft syringe shape in a field at Schneverdingen, south of Hamburg 
  • Organiser Hanspeter Etzold said the fun action was aimed at people who are still hesitating to get vaccinated
  • German government has made an accelerated vaccination campaign a top priority to beat latest Covid strain

A flock of sheep have formed the shape of a 330ft syringe as part of Germany’s drive to encourage more people to get vaccinated against Covid-19.  

Around 700 sheep and goats were arranged on Monday into the shape of a syringe in a field at Schneverdingen, south of Hamburg.

Shepherd Wiebke Schmidt-Kochan spent several days practicing with her animals, news agency dpa reported. But she said in the end, it was not difficult to work things out – she laid out pieces of bread in the shape of the syringe, which the sheep and goats gobbled up when they were let out into the field.

Organiser Hanspeter Etzold said the action was aimed at people who are still hesitating to get vaccinated because ‘sheep are such likeable animals – maybe they can get the message over better.’

The German government has made an accelerated vaccination campaign its top priority in attempting to beat back the latest wave of Covid-19 infections.

Around 700 sheep and goats were arranged on Monday into the shape of a 330ft syringe in a field at Schneverdingen, south of Hamburg as part of Germany’s drive to encourage more people to get vaccinated against Covid-19

Shepherd Wiebke Schmidt-Kochan spent several days practicing with her animals, news agency dpa reported. But she said in the end, it was not difficult to work things out – she laid out pieces of bread in the shape of the syringe, which the sheep and goats gobbled up when they were let out into the field 

Organiser Hanspeter Etzold said the action was aimed at people who are still hesitating to get vaccinated because ‘sheep are such likeable animals – maybe they can get the message over better’

The percentage of the population that has received at least two shots stood on Monday at 71.2 per cent. Those who have received a booster shot has increased much faster in recent weeks and now stands at 38.9 per cent of the population.

Health Ministry spokesman Andreas Deffner said on Monday that the public debate over vaccinations in recent weeks appeared to have prompted some holdouts to change their mind.

In a more conventional contribution to the drive, Berlin nightclubs on Monday pitched in by offering vaccinations.

Lutz Leichsenring, spokesman for the Clubcommission, the association of Berlin nightclubs said that half of the vaccination appointments have already been taken up. Sage Beach and several other clubs are offering about 4,500 shots in total this week.

Authorities in Germany have recently closed or put restrictions on clubs in order to slow omicron variant’s spread. Berlin authorities banned dancing, prompting many clubs to shut their doors.

‘We all hoped that if you have such a high vaccination rate as we have in the club scene, that you can then also hold safe events, and that is unfortunately not the case,’ Leichsenring said.

The German government has made an accelerated vaccination campaign its top priority in attempting to beat back the latest wave of Covid-19 infections (pictured, vaccinations take place at the Sage Beach Bar and Restaurant in Berlin on Monday)

Omicron is advancing in Germany but authorities say official statistics currently show a very incomplete picture because of patchy testing and reporting over the holiday period. 

But Berlin has relaxed restrictions on travel from the UK, South Africa and seven other southern African countries that were imposed following the emergence of the new omicron coronavirus variant.

The nine nations were removed on Tuesday from Germany’s list of ‘virus variant areas.’ Airlines and others are restricted largely to transporting German citizens and residents from countries on that list. All arrivals must self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of vaccination status.  

Germany’s national disease control center had announced on Thursday that it planned to downgrade the countries’ risk status but said at the time that ‘short-term changes’ were possible.

They have now been added to Germany’s list of ‘high-risk areas,’ which carries much less onerous restrictions. People arriving from such areas who either haven’t recovered recently or been fully vaccinated have to self-isolate for 10 days, which can be cut to five with a negative test.

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