Corona pandemic: mandatory vaccination and more 2G – is that enough?

Status: 01.12.2021 10:24 a.m.

The federal and state governments are intensifying the fight against Corona: In addition to further contact restrictions and 2G for retailers, a mandatory vaccination is also to be initiated. Experts are calling for a stricter approach.

By Kai Clement, ARD capital studio

Yesterday the decisions were announced at least once, and tomorrow they should actually be made. One goal: 30 million vaccinations by Christmas, that would be 1.25 million per day and thus more than twice as many as on Monday. Feasible or just wishful thinking?

Kai Clement
ARD capital studio

“These are also logistical questions that still have to be clarified. It won’t work like this until Christmas,” said Stephan Thomae, FDP deputy parliamentary group leader, dampening expectations the morning after the announcement. Olaf Scholz, the designated Chancellor, sounds in contrast ARD daily topics completely different: “We set up a crisis team that has already started its work, although the new government is not yet on the way. That is drive. That is what it is about.”

A crisis team? More precisely it should read: another crisis team. The still-ruling grand coalition already has a corona crisis team, which met for the 99th time this week. Scholz wants to use his crisis team in particular to get vaccination problems out of the way. As with the previous crisis team, there will also be a military at the top, namely Major General Carsten Breuer.

Consent to compulsory vaccination is emerging

In the round on Tuesday, cross-party approval of mandatory vaccination had also emerged. For a long time, politics fundamentally rejected them. Now, with Thomae, even the FDP is no longer ruling out this step: “The situation in the summer was different. I personally had the hope that we would have better vaccination progress.” Now the situation is as it is. “And you can’t just stubbornly say: ‘We shut ourselves off from new knowledge’.”

With the decision in favor of a general compulsory vaccination, Scholz has also turned around. He advocates a vote without the usual parliamentary group discipline: “We are opening the way for a conscientious decision by the members of the German Bundestag on a general vaccination requirement, which will come into force at the beginning of next year, in February or March.”

Experts are calling for even stricter measures

It is clear that none of this will help in the current fourth corona wave. Gernot Marx, President of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, would like to see politicians take a much stricter approach: “In our opinion, we need the law on epidemic emergencies again. We urgently need nationwide emergency braking measures to the greatest possible extent Contact restriction. ” If necessary, this could also be a temporary lockdown.

SPD politician Manuela Schwesig, Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, agrees on at least one point: The contact restrictions should also be tightened for those who have been vaccinated, she says in the morning magazine of ARD and ZDF: “If we stipulate for the unvaccinated, for example, that they can only meet with one or two additional people, then vaccinated people can still come without end and then it no longer makes sense. That must be ruled out in the future.”

So there is still a need for advice before the announced decisions will likely become correct tomorrow.

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