German health minister pushes fourth COVID shot ahead of autumn wave

BERLIN, June 17 (Reuters) - There will not be another attempt to make COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory, said German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, while making the case for more people to get a second booster shot.

Anyone who is often in contact with others and wants to protect themselves and others should consider a fourth shot, regardless of age, said Lauterbach. Some 80% of Germany's over-60s have not had their fourth COVID-19 shot, he added.

He also recommended that people continue to wear masks inside in light of a summer wave of infections.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Miranda Murray; Editing by Maria Sheahan

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