Berlin (dpa) – There is movement in the fight for a majority compromise for general coronavirus vaccination in Germany.
The two groups of deputies in the Bundestag, who each presented their own bill on compulsory vaccination, agreed on Tuesday on a joint proposal for compulsory vaccination from the age of 60. First of all, the editorial network Germany reported on it. This increases the chances of the vote, which is scheduled for this Thursday without the group’s usual guidelines.
As stated in a press release, “a vaccination certificate should be compulsory for all persons over 60, that is, the particularly vulnerable population group”. It should be completed by October. This obligation should be able to be suspended by a resolution of the Bundestag in June if the vaccination rate can be increased sufficiently. In the autumn, in the context of the then valid knowledge and the potential variants of the virus, the Bundestag must decide “whether the activation of the obligation to provide proof of vaccination for age groups from 18 years shall also take effect”.
Proposed by Dahmen and Wiese
Specifically, it was the group around SPD parliamentary group leader Dirk Wiese and Greens health expert Janosch Dahmen, which initially aimed for compulsory vaccination from the age of 18. On Monday, she already presented a compromise proposal for a duty from the age of 50 with the possibility of extending it to all adults. The second group, led by FDP health politician Andrew Ullmann, had proposed compulsory advice and then possible compulsory vaccination from the age of 50.
The initiative, which originally proposed compulsory vaccinations from the age of 18, has so far been supported by 237 MPs. The group for compulsory vaccination from 50 initially supported around 45 parliamentarians.
Decision without faction specifications
The Bundestag should decide on the vaccination obligation, for which Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) has also committed, without the usual specifications of the parliamentary groups. However, there is already a dispute over the order in which the various initiatives will be voted on. Trade union faction leader Friedrich Merz (CDU) said: “I expressly want to warn the coalition against manipulation on Thursday in the voting order on this topic.”
“I still believe that we will decide on compulsory vaccination on Thursday,” Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) said in Berlin on Tuesday. MPs are ready to take a sensible approach against a looming new corona wave in the fall. SPD faction leader Rolf Mützenich said: “We will try everything to the end to find a compromise between the different groups.”
Meanwhile, the planned end of isolation requirements for corona-infected people in Germany on May 1 has drawn widespread criticism. Scientists, social organizations and politicians have strongly protested further easing soon after many state protection requirements were ended. Lauterbach defended the new rules agreed with the states. The federal and state governments had agreed that infected people should voluntarily self-isolate for five days in the future — as an urgent recommendation, but no longer as a health department order.
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