Corona pandemic: Bundestag votes for limited vaccination requirements


Status: 10.12.2021 12:07 p.m.

The Bundestag has voted for an amendment to the Infection Protection Act, which provides for a facility-related corona vaccination obligation. It is planned that dentists and pharmacists will also take part in the vaccination campaign in the future.

The Bundestag has approved an amendment to the Infection Protection Act with a large majority. For the first time, it also provides for a corona vaccination for certain groups. 571 MPs voted for the law of the traffic light coalition of the SPD, FDP and the Greens. 80 MPs voted no, 38 abstained. In the afternoon, the Federal Council is to make a final decision in a special session.

From mid-March 2022, employees of facilities in which people who are particularly at risk from Covid-19 are treated or cared for will be subject to mandatory vaccination. The facility-related vaccination requirement should also apply to facilities in which people with disabilities are cared for, day clinics, medical practices, emergency services or socio-educational centers.

Dentists should also be allowed to vaccinate

With the new law, the federal states can also order the closure of clubs and discos, as well as restaurants. In order to accelerate the booster vaccinations, dentists, veterinarians and pharmacists should also be allowed to temporarily administer vaccinations against the coronavirus in the future.

Federal Minister of Health Lauterbach on the compulsory vaccination in nursing and health care

tagesschau24 10:45 a.m., 10.12.2021

Lauterbach wants to fight for a “safe Christmas”

The new Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach had previously declared the fight against the corona pandemic to be the top goal of the new federal government in the Bundestag. The coalition has planned a lot. “The top priority for us is to protect the population in the health crisis,” said the SPD politician about the amendment to the Infection Protection Act. “We will do everything we can to end this crisis quickly.” With the correction of the Infection Protection Act, the instrument will be created to break the delta wave of the pandemic and to prevent the omicron wave as well as possible, Lauterbach said.

He also sees the new Infection Protection Act as a means of securing Christmas. “We have to ensure that at least Christmas and the trips to loved ones can not only take place, but can take place safely,” said the SPD politician in his first speech as the new health minister. If protective measures are consistently observed and monitored, that is possible.

Lauterbach called on the opposition to cooperate. “This pandemic is a task for all of us,” he said. It is not suitable for party political disputes. Together you can also push back the delta wave and prevent a wave with the new Corona variant Omikron. Overall, he was confident of getting the pandemic under control. “I know we can do it,” he said. He also urged us to hurry. “We have no time to waste,” he said.

CDU politician Rüddel warns of constant “repair work”

The CDU MP Erwin Rüddel said the changes in the Infection Protection Act were essentially based on proposals from the Union. They were “basically going in the right direction”. But the jump is again too short. Rüddel warned of constant “repair work” on the Infection Protection Act. This unsettles the population and reduces the acceptance of the corona policy.

“I think that with the law we are introducing another important building block for more security and protection against corona,” said the Green politician Maria Klein-Schmeink in the Bundestag. The facility-related vaccination requirement creates protection and it also creates peace within the company. She appealed to the parties: “Follow this path with us.”

Violent criticism from the AfD

Violent criticism came from the AfD. “Citizens’ trust in politics has been deeply shaken,” said party leader Timo Chrupalla. “What we have been experiencing here in Germany for two years are constantly changing statements by leading politicians. And the statement that there will be no compulsory vaccination has been turned into the opposite by the Ampel coalition.” This is a breach of word – especially the FDP.

The greatest insolence, however, is related to Lauterbach, “that they are selling compulsory vaccinations on the government bank as a contribution to the community.” Lauterbach’s speech was demagoguery. “As a federal government, you should hold society together and not divide it,” said Chrupalla.

Violent criticism, however, came from the AfD. “Citizens’ trust in politics has been deeply shaken,” said party leader Timo Chrupalla. “What we have been experiencing here in Germany for two years are constantly changing statements by leading politicians. And the statement that there will be no vaccination light has been turned into the opposite by the Ampel-Coaition.” further loss of confidence in parliamentarism. The voters no longer understand what they are deciding here. “


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