BioNTech CEO Uğur Şahin has been vaccinated



Fact-checked by: Doğruluk Payı

2021/06/11 | Turkey, Germany

FALSE: BioNTech CEO Uğur Şahin has not been vaccinated.
Explanation: In his interview on March 19, 2021, he stated that he was vaccinated with BioNTech employees.

BioNTech CEO Uğur Şahin’s Claim That He Didn’t Have a COVID-19 Vaccine


Release date:11 June 2021
Last update: September 15, 2021

In a post made by an Instagram page on May 25, 2021, it was claimed that BioNTech CEO Uğur Şahin did not have a COVID-19 vaccine .


      I’m not legally allowed to get vaccinated at this time. Of course, we intend to make this possible. It is more important to us that our colleagues and partners are vaccinated. So our goal is to produce more than 1.3 billion doses by 2021 and that can only be done if it can really continue to work 24/7 without any interruptions. We need to make sure we protect our colleagues and team members from COVID-19 infection because that would mean interruptions, delays and wasted doses of vaccines. That’s why we consider offering an extra party to our collaborating partners and team members who support us, regardless of the quota offered to Europe. You know it’s a high priority. It is not allowed to exclude the vaccine from the priority list. Also, another important point is that we were not even allowed to participate in clinical trials because by law it is not possible to involve company employees in clinical trials. This is a really good situation. Now we have to deal with a more important issue that we need to ensure the functionality of all our companies and teams. That’s why it’s needed. I think we will find a legal and fair solution for this. (7:34)” 

German Health Minister Jens Spahn announced the German government’s vaccination plan on 27 December 2020 He identified three priority groups to be vaccinated according to the plan. In the first group, those over the age of 80, those working in nursing homes and the elderly, healthcare workers working in COVID-19 services and those at high risk of death due to COVID-19; in the second group, those aged 70 and over, health workers, care workers and those working in public hospitals; The third group includes those aged 60 and over, those with chronic diseases that will cause serious diseases caused by COVID-19, healthcare workers who are not included in the first two groups, government employees, teachers and retail workers.

prof. Dr. Does Uğur Şahin Have a COVID-19 Vaccine?

In the interview they gave on Bild Live on March 19, 2021, BioNTech founders Özlem Türeci and Uğur Şahin stated that they had received the first dose of vaccine together with BioNTech employees. This interview was later covered by the German press .

The claim is WRONG

In the post made by an Instagram page, BioNTech CEO Prof. Dr. It was claimed that Uğur Şahin did not have a COVID-19 vaccine. prof. In an interview with DW on December 22, 2020, Şahin stated that according to the law in force in Germany, they are not allowed to be vaccinated against COVID-19 because they are not included in the vaccine priority group, and BioNTech employees cannot be vaccinated for this reason. Stating that BioNTech employees are also prohibited from getting COVID-19 vaccine, Şahin stated that a legal and fair solution will be produced so that there is no problem in vaccine production. In his interview on March 19, 2021, he stated that he was vaccinated with BioNTech employees. In an online interview with The Times on September 14, 2021, he announced that he and all of his employees were vaccinated for COVID-19 in January 2021.



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