Corona pandemic: political groups disagree about mandatory vaccination procedures

Status: 11.01.2022 5:14 p.m.

The procedure for a vaccination decision is increasingly causing controversy: The Union criticizes the plans to vote on competing applications and urges a government draft. The FDP accuses her of refusing to cooperate.

In the debate about a general compulsory vaccination, the parliamentary groups in the Bundestag continue to argue about the procedure. FDP parliamentary director Johannes Vogel accused the Union parliamentary group of delaying the legislative process by refusing to work on cross-parliamentary legislative proposals. In doing so, they are not living up to their political responsibility, he said. The Union is apparently still in a “search phase for the opposition role”.

The Union had previously stated that it did not want to introduce a motion to introduce compulsory vaccinations in the Bundestag: The parliamentary leader of the parliamentary group, Thorsten Frei, rejected statements made by the CSU health politician Stephan Pilsinger to the contrary. Pilsinger had told the newspapers of the Funke media group that they were working on their own union application for compulsory vaccination from the age of 50, but later rowed back.

Union calls for “broad consensus”

The Union is thus returning to its line: For days, top politicians from the CDU and CSU have been criticizing the government’s attitude, which wants to allow the Bundestag to vote on the issue independently of parliamentary groups. The background is probably also the clearly visible different positions in the rows of traffic lights. Above all from the FDP, reservations were voiced.

Union parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus has now called on the federal government again to submit its own draft law. When it comes to designing the mandatory vaccination, “the government is now in the submission,” he said. Again he rejected the planned procedure, according to which several competing bills are drawn up by members of parliament across parliamentary groups and put to a vote. If you make such a compulsory vaccination, you need “a broad democratic consensus and not a situation where you then have four group applications and one group application then just gets through somewhere,” he said. He also offered talks to the government: “We are ready for this.”

The parliamentary group leader of the FDP, Christian Dürr, however, defended the planned procedure. The compulsory vaccination is “a medical-ethical question, not a partisan one,” he said. The leader of the Green parliamentary group, Katharina Dröge, explicitly invited the CDU / CSU parliamentary group to participate in the group proposals. “We want the broadest possible parliamentary majority,” she said.

Several applications planned

So far, only one group around the FDP politician Wolfgang Kubicki has submitted an application – he speaks out against compulsory vaccination. Another application is in internal consultation that provides for extensive compulsory vaccination for all adults.

An initiative led by FDP MP Andrew Ullmann is also working on an application for a phased vaccination requirement. “In a first step, there could be a mandatory vaccination information for everyone, if possible by doctors in the vaccination or test centers,” said Ullmann of “Welt”. “If we then see that the vaccination rate does not increase significantly, the next step could be compulsory vaccination for people aged 50 and over, for example.”

The AfD parliamentary group announced that it would submit its own application to reject compulsory vaccination.

SPD parliamentary deputy: decision possible in March

Chancellor Olaf Scholz had spoken out in favor of a general corona vaccination from the beginning of March at the latest. In the meantime, however, there are strong doubts that the schedule can be kept. The deputy chairman of the SPD parliamentary group, Dirk Wiese, thinks it is at least possible that a general vaccination requirement will be decided by March. “I’ve always said that we want to finish in the first quarter. I think that’s very realistic,” he said. “The first quarter means: it can be the beginning of March, it can be the middle of March, it can be the end of March.”

According to the current status, the beginning of March can only be reached if the Bundestag meets for a special session in January or February. Wiese did not rule that out. “We can hold a special session at any time, that’s no problem. It has been proven that the Bundestag can act at any time.”

In addition to the “orientation debate” planned for the coming week in the Bundestag, Wiese also held out the prospect of a further motion on the subject. “Wolfgang Kubicki’s application will certainly not be the only one,” he said. He did not say who exactly will submit this application and whether it will then be supported by MPs from all three coalition factions. “Within the traffic lights we are in a constant good exchange on the subject,” he simply explained.

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