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Shortening natural immunity status after Covid infection deemed ‘illegal’ – RT World News


A Berlin court has ruled that halving the length of Covid ‘recovered’ status to three months was against the law

A decision by Germany’s federal disease control agency, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), to reduce the period during which a person is considered “restored” of Covid-19 at three months, was ruled illegal by a Berlin court on Thursday.

Two unvaccinated people who tested positive for Covid-19 in October had filed a motion for interim relief with the court against the RKI after the federal court reduced the “immunity status” period of six to three months.


The court said the RKI’s decision to shorten the period to three months exceeded its authority as an organization. The federal government must decide for itself how long convalescent status lasts, the judges said, referring to the regulations of the Infection Protection Act.

This authority cannot be transferred to the RKI, the court reminded.

He did not have to comment on the scientific rationale for the decision.

The decision initially applies only to the two applicants who have appealed to the administrative court. Judges generally cannot suspend the settlement, a court spokesperson said.

The RKI shortened the “recovered” status from six to three months on January 15. Many citizens lost the ability to go to a restaurant or bar almost overnight, according to local media.

This decision was taken in response to the evolution of the epidemiological situation and the emergence of the Omicron variant. Prior infection with other variants does not guarantee immunity against Omicron.

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