11.12.2021 – 01:00
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Lower Saxony wants to stick to the end of the 2G exemptions for children and young people
Prime Minister Weil remains tough despite criticism from coalition partner CDU: “This is what it will amount to” – attack from Lower Saxony on Stiko boss Mertens
Hanover. Despite massive criticism from the coalition partner CDU, Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil is sticking to the end of corona exemptions from 2G rules for children and young people between the ages of twelve and 17 at the beginning of the new year. “This is what it will amount to as things stand,” said the SPD politician in an interview with the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” (NOZ). In the previous exceptions, it was always taken into account that this group received a vaccination recommendation much later than the adults. “But now the recommendation for 12 to 17-year-olds was a long time ago, and everyone can get vaccinated. In view of the upcoming challenges with the Omicron virus, we need the highest possible vaccination rate among young people we are currently seeing high numbers of infections, “said the head of government, justifying his tough stance.
Lower Saxony’s father also goes to court with the chairman of the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko), Thomas Mertens. He had said in a podcast that he would probably not have his child vaccinated at the moment. “To be honest: I have absolutely no understanding for this. Especially because the chairman of the commission had made this statement before Stiko had made its decision on a recommendation,” said Weil. When asked whether he would opt for a vaccination if he had a small child, the father of an adult son replied to the NOZ: “In any case, I would have my child vaccinated because I am not only looking at Omikron would think that this would protect my child. Millions of children in other countries have already been vaccinated without having heard anything bad about it. Why should it be different in Germany of all places? “
In the interview, the Prime Minister also admitted his own failures in fighting the pandemic. “The lockdown last autumn should have happened two weeks earlier, at the time I was wrong. I made up my mind that this would not happen to me again,” explained Weil and added: “That is why we are now increasing the protective measures in Lower Saxony again, although in a nationwide comparison we are in a significantly better position than some other countries. I want to raise the dam before the water is there. ” In principle, however, he said goodbye to the idea “that such a crisis could be overcome without any mistakes”.
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