Coronavirus in Germany: STIKO president against compulsory vaccination

Status: 01/13/2022 6:48 p.m.

A general vaccination requirement creates too much pressure, says the chairman of the Standing Committee on Immunization. The Ethics Council also points out that his attitude may change – it depends on the infection process.

The chairman of the Standing Committee on Immunization (STIKO), Thomas Mertens, relies on persuasion and education in the field of vaccination. He rejects a general compulsory vaccination, said Mertens the “Stuttgarter Nachrichten” and the “Stuttgarter Zeitung”: “It divides society, because too much pressure is building up.”

People who refuse would not be convinced of the vaccination, even if they were fined, Mertens said. It is therefore not to be expected that “the envisaged objective can actually be achieved”. A demand for rapid vaccination could not break the current crown wave.

Ethics Council: “Many unfulfilled conditions”

The German Ethics Council may also change its position on general compulsory vaccination. In December, the council recommended by majority that compulsory vaccination be extended to “a substantial part of the population”. The recommendation is also based on the Corona variant that currently dominates the infection process, Board Chair Alena Buyx told “Spiegel”.

The December declaration was drafted “essentially under the terms of the delta variant”. If there are new facts like the more contagious variant of Omicron, you need to take a closer look, Buyx says.

From the point of view of the Ethics Council, many conditions for compulsory vaccination have not yet been met: “For example, there should be many more low-threshold vaccination offers, at the national level”, specifies Buyx .

Lauterbach: “Limit the height of the wall”

Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach once again strongly encouraged vaccinations given the sharp rise in the number of corona cases. Anyone who wants a booster shot can get one, the SPD politician told the Bundestag. With the recall campaign, it was possible to “make a steep hill with the Omikron wave wall or at least limit the height of the wall”.

Lauterbach warned against underestimating the danger of the virus and recalled the 115,000 people who died. It is now a matter of protecting yourself and others, reducing the burden on clinics and thus ensuring the treatment of cancer and heart patients, according to Lauterbach.

Health Minister Lauterbach promotes booster vaccinations and mandatory corona vaccination

Kerstin Palzer, ARD Berlin, daily newspaper 8 p.m., 13.1.2022

Wüst calls for a law in March

Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia Hendrik Wüst, meanwhile, is calling for the law to make vaccinations compulsory in March. The goal must be to be better prepared for possible new corona waves in the fall, the CDU politician said: “I want us to get out of this spiral of permanent containment and relaxation.”

When it comes to how exactly the compulsory vaccination should be structured, it is open, so Wüst. He supports the orientation debate planned in the Bundestag. Finally, a project must be presented.

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