6 Apr 2022 7:54 am
According to information from the magazine Der Spiegel, the working groups in the Bundestag have now found a compromise proposal on compulsory vaccination: This provides for compulsory vaccination from the age of 60. According to the application, there should also be an obligation to provide advice.
On Thursday, the Bundestag wants to vote on various applications regarding compulsory corona vaccination. According to information from the magazine Der Spiegel, the groups that prefer vaccination from the age of 18 or 50 have agreed on a compromise. This should now provide for compulsory vaccination from the age of 60, and there should also be an obligation to provide advice from May 1st.
The vaccination requirement from the age of 60 should apply from October 1st and can be sanctioned with a fine from October 1st. The status of the vaccination rate is to be evaluated in two reports. The effectiveness of the obligation to provide advice is to be examined in mid-June. Without additional intervention by the Bundestag, vaccination will then apply from October 1 from the age of 60, but MPs can also decide to suspend it. In mid-September, the Bundestag should again have the opportunity to decide to suspend or extend compulsory vaccination to other age groups.
Previously, the MPs, who originally wanted vaccinations from the age of 18, had presented a compromise that would make vaccination compulsory from the age of 50 on October 1st. However, the Union’s health policy spokesman, Tino Sorge, explained in an interview with the Rheinische Post that the Union would not respond to the traffic light coalition’s proposal. Sorge said the proposal was a sham:
“He has a double bottom. Behind the initial vaccination requirement from 50 hides a vaccination requirement from 18, which parts of the traffic light are obviously desperately holding on to.”
But there was also opposition from the parties in the traffic light coalition. Members of Parliament Andrew Ullmann (FDP), Paula Piechotta and Kordula Schulz-Asche (Greens), Franziska Mascheck and Herbert Wollmann (SPD) declared that they would not agree to the proposal:
“An immediate vaccination requirement from the age of 50 without considering the many unknown variables in autumn, from conceivable virus variants to the immunity rate in the population, cannot be sufficiently justified on the basis of the current data situation.”
Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach now declared on Twitter that the draft for mandatory vaccinations from the age of 60 will probably prevail (spelling in all quotes as in the original):
The compromise proposal has a high probability of enforcing compulsory vaccination on Thursday. Since 90% of the Covid dead are over 60 years old, it will have a very strong effect in autumn. https://t.co/x4I320qD4o
— Professor Karl Lauterbach (@Karl_Lauterbach) April 5, 2022
“The compromise proposal has a high probability of enforcing compulsory vaccination on Thursday. Since 90% of the Covid deaths are over 60 years old, it will have a very strong effect in autumn.”
Lauterbach’s tweet caused some controversy on social media. As one user wrote:
Your handling of this sensitive topic is Tik Tok level. You could be the age for the #Vaccination also throwing the dice, that’s so arbitrary. Everyone can see that this has nothing to do with science. Saving face on the backs of the citizens is ethically reprehensible.
— Polaris ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (@meteorite storm) April 5, 2022
“Your handling of this sensitive topic is Tik Tok level. You could also roll the age for vaccination, it’s that arbitrary. Everyone can see that this has nothing to do with science. Saving face on the backs of citizens is ethical reprehensible.”
It was further said:
“You haggle like in a bazaar. Very embarrassing Mr. Lauterbach.”
Another user wrote:
“This haggling about a (general) vaccination requirement (either from 18 years, 50 years or 60 years) is in my opinion inhuman, because people are only seen as mere objects of an unnecessary vaccination requirement aimed at saving face.”
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