Lifestyle Pets Germany Lines up Sheep, Goats in 300-Foot Syringe Shape to Encourage COVID-19 Vaccinations Germany arranged over 700 farm animals into a syringe shape to promote COVID-19 vaccinations and help prevent the spread of the new Omicron variant By Natasha Dado Published on January 3, 2022 01:56 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos Photo: Philipp Schulze/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images Germany is taking a unique approach to encouraging its citizens to get vaccinated against COVID-19. To promote vaccinations among its 83 million citizens, the European nation arranged about 700 sheep and goats in the shape of a syringe that stretched almost 100 meters (over 300 feet), according to the Associated Press. Handlers used bread to help coax the animals into making the syringe shape in Schneverdingen, Germany. "Sheep are such likable animals — maybe they can get the message over better," organizer Hanspeter Etzold told the AP. US Breaks COVID Record at Nearly Half a Million Cases in a Single Day Philipp Schulze/dpa via AP The news outlet reported that, as of Monday, 71.2 percent of Germany's population had received two doses of the COVID vaccine, and 38.9 percent had received booster shots. Germany and other countries are working to combat the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. Germany has set new restrictions, including temporarily closing nightclubs, to control the spread of the new variant. Healthy People with Booster Shots Not Likely to Get Severe Infections from Omicron, Data Show "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," Lutz Leichsenring, a spokesperson for the Clubcommission, an association of Berlin nightclubs, said per the AP. Markus Schreiber/AP/Shutterstock On Wednesday, the United States reported its single highest number of daily COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic nearly two years ago. In the United States, the spread of the Omicron variant is being attributed to the surge in cases. According to The New York Times, the record-shattering COVID-19 daily case total exceeded 488,000 on Wednesday. The case numbers may be higher since many people are taking at-home tests and not necessarily reporting positive cases to public health departments. As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from the CDC, WHO and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.