Against the background of new spikes in Corona injuries, the Bundestag traded blows over a possible public commitment to vaccination in Germany.
For the first time, MPs debated two bills and three proposals for or against compulsory vaccination. Many speakers warned of new restrictions on freedom in the fall without compulsory vaccination. Others vehemently opposed the duty. Shortly before the planned cancellation of most of the nationwide Corona requirements that were still in place, there was another dispute over future protection rules.
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Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) told MPs: “We can end the epidemic in Germany for the first time with compulsory vaccination. We will be in the same place in the fall as we are now if we do not seize this unique opportunity together.”
According to Lauterbach, to avoid this, a vaccination rate of over 90 percent is needed for those aged 60 and an overall high rate. Currently, 75.8 percent of the population has a basic immunization. 58.1 percent also had a booster vaccination. Among those over 60, 78.3 percent have booster vaccinations, while 88.7 percent have basic immunizations.
Economy Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) said: “People are tired of this country. Let’s finally get rid of this epidemic, let’s get rid of the virus and then go back to freedom.” Habeck warned: “The interpretation of the freedom of the few must not permanently limit the freedom of the many.”
Exchange of blows in the Bundestag:
The conflicting views across the parliamentary blocs became clear. Tapia Rosner of the Greens opposed compulsory vaccination: “A lot of people are afraid, some talk about strong reactions to vaccination.”
Left-wing politician Gregor Geese said: “I was in favor of measles because it eliminated the disease, and the vaccine can’t do that here.” 30,000 people a day have to be persuaded – it can work. The leader of the AfD’s parliamentary group, Alice Fidel, called on her supporters to withdraw their requests, saying: “You’re riding a dead horse, please get off.” Vaccination violates basic rights.
CDU’s MP Sepp Müller campaigned for approval of the union’s request to create a vaccination registry. This majority is capable. “At the moment, the compulsory vaccination is dead.” In the case of the angry choppy, the youngest Member of Parliament, Emilia Pfister (Greens), called for compulsory vaccination: “It is not the rudeness of vaccination, it is not the rudeness of vaccination.”
FDP Member of Parliament Andrew Ullmann campaigned for the proposal, which he helped start as a compromise. And Ullman cautioned that there shouldn’t be another Christmas with restrictions this year.
The draft prepared by Ullman et al. initially provides for mandatory advice – then a possible vaccination requirement from age 50. A more comprehensive draft of vaccination requirements from age 18 also includes advice – the vaccination requirement is effective from October 1 and will be limited to the end of 2023, according to the party lawmaker. Social Democrat, Heike Berenz, the proposal is supported by 237 deputies from four parliamentary groups.
As a parliamentary group, the CDU and the CSU are putting forward a proposal to create a vaccination registry – according to a step-by-step plan, vaccination should be mandatory for certain populations and occupational groups at particular risk. A group of deputies led by FDP deputy Wolfgang Kubicki has applied against the introduction of compulsory vaccination. The Alternative for Germany party also submitted an application against compulsory vaccination.
Voting is planned without the usual collective discipline. Due in three weeks. Chancellor Olaf Schulz (SPD) has been repeatedly accused of failing to achieve a majority in his coalition. At the same time as the discussion, he noted his well-known personal stance on Twitter: “I support a temporary public obligation to provide proof of vaccination,” Schulz said. “We’ve all given up on a lot for a long time now.”
New Corona records:
The spread of Corona reached a new high, with 294,931 new infections reported within 24 hours. The seven-day infection rate rose to a record 1,651.4 new infections per 100,000 population in seven days. And 278 people died within one day of the Corona virus.
Controversy over Corona’s requirements:
Ahead of the Prime Ministers’ Conference (MPK) on the consequences of the Ukraine war and the course of Corona, MPK Chairman, NRW Prime Minister Hendrik Fust (CDU), criticized the federal government’s easing plans. The planned hotspot list is not legally binding. “We’ll see each other again in front of the courts, because it’s all so mysterious, so tender,” ARD’s Wüst said. MPK met in the afternoon.
According to the traffic light government’s plan, most of the preventive measures nationwide should end on Saturday. The basic protection should remain much narrower. Countries have a transition period until April 2nd. By then at the latest, additional Corona requirements should only be possible in hot spots after a decision in the state parliament.
Free Democratic Party leader Christian Lindner defended the plans. “It’s a step toward normalcy, and I’d say we need it too,” said ARD’s Lindner. The corresponding bill will be passed by Lauterbach and Justice Minister Marco Buschmann (FDP) in the Bundestag and the Bundesrat on Friday. (dpa)