If you want the jab, raise your Hans: German vaccine officials left with no choice but to guess people’s ages from their names

privacy law is rigorous.

German privacy law is rigorous. Forced to improvise, officials in one state sent letters to people with old-sounding names, in the hopes of inviting them to get vaccinated.

The German state of Lower Saxony began vaccinating citizens against Covid-19 at the end of December, with priority given to the elderly and vulnerable. People over the age of 80 have been sent invitations urging them to make a vaccination appointment, but the state’s strict privacy laws have hampered this effort.

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