Apr 8 2022 1:53pm
In response to the rejection of general vaccination requirements in Germany, which was decided yesterday in the Bundestag, Chancellor Scholz announced that he saw “no basis for a renewed attempt”. Health Minister Lauterbach expects the Infection Protection Act to be tightened in autumn.
After the clear voting results on April 7 in the German Bundestag on all individual applications for a possible vaccination requirement in Germany from autumn 2022, Chancellor Olaf Scholz shared his opinion after the parliamentary session assessment for the further course of a possible follow-up discussion with:
“There is no legislative majority in the Bundestag for mandatory vaccination. That is the reality that we must now take as a starting point for our actions.”
For him, this results in a situation that has “no basis for a renewed attempt” for a compulsory vaccination law in Germany, said Scholz after consultations with the prime ministers in Berlin. He therefore assessed the probability that “anything could still be achieved” through cross-party talks as “very low”. Scholz remarked:
“I am still convinced that it would be right if we had a vaccination certificate in Germany.”
The Chancellor announced that the federal government would “do everything to ensure that we convince even more citizens of this country to get vaccinated”. Minister of Health Lauterbach explained to Deutschlandfunk (DLF) before the press conference with RKI director Lothar Wieler in Berlin that was announced on Friday morning. in the interview Lauterbach explained that he expects the Infection Protection Act (IfSg) to be tightened up in autumn. The minister therefore fears “difficult times for the population in autumn at the latest” should there be a new corona wave. In view of the vaccination gaps that still exist, one cannot go into autumn without a mask requirement. Lauterbach literally:
“I can already see the need for us to expand the toolbox again.”
When asked whether there would be another “vaccination obligation discussion” in politics this year, the minister explained that one should “never refuse talks”. Since the CDU “should have moved” after weeks of talks for “state-supporting reasons” in yesterday’s vote in the Bundestag, he currently assesses the possibility “that anything could be achieved through such talks” as low.
He is therefore now focusing on a “this time really effective” vaccination campaign by the federal government:
“We must once again target a really effective vaccination campaign at those who have not yet been vaccinated but are in principle ready. They must be reached, we must not give up. We also have to advertise more creatively. Prepare we’re up to something.”
In particular, based on the findings of COSMO Studies (COVID-19 Snapshot Monitoring) this would be necessary in the group of citizens with a “migration background”. In the joint press conference with RKI head Wieler, Lauterbach spoke of “subgroups” that would need “setting-specific campaigns”. Lauterbach noted in the DLF interview that previous government vaccination campaigns had not been as successful “as I would have liked”. Since the currently applicable Infection Protection Act would expire on September 23, 2022, politicians would have to react beforehand in order to be able to start the autumn safely. The “tool box” must therefore be brought out again:
“We have now made the easing that can be done, but we have reached the end of the road. The easing must come to an end now.”
According to Lauterbach, yesterday in the Bundestag was “a black day” for the people of Germany. The minister verbatim:
“We still have to evaluate the maneuver carefully. That was yesterday, as far as Corona policy is concerned, a black day for the population, but after a black day light penetrates through a gap. We will now continue to work on the measures and will continue to do so approach the population with a better vaccination campaign.”
At the press conference, Lauterbach called the result of the vote a “clear and bitter defeat for those who advocate compulsory vaccination”. The minister once again explained his theory to the journalists present: “90 percent of the medical benefit of compulsory vaccination from the age of 18 would also have been achieved with compulsory vaccination from the age of 60.” This would result in the situation that “we” would go into a “possible” third wave “for a third time not optimally” in the fall because “a new wave is to be expected”.
The minister asked people in Germany to be tested before an Easter trip so that “contacts do not cause the numbers to rise again” during the holiday period. The fourth dose or second booster would continue to be “far too little used”, although there would be a recommendation from the STIKO and also from him. That is why he is also appealing for the fourth vaccination.
“We’re looking ahead. That was a bad week for protecting the population from the corona infection, but first of all we’re not giving up. We’re going on and we also have to look back. So far it hasn’t always gone badly.”
This statement referred to the rate of total mortality in Germany in comparison to the vaccination rate that is still too low for Lauterbach, the existing “large vaccination gap”. When asked by a journalist whether there would be new talks with the CDU about a renewed discussion about mandatory vaccination in the near future, Lauterbach replied: “With the clarity of the defeat in the German Bundestag, I have no idea how that (the results) should change.”