Compulsory vaccination is being debated in Germany



Visitors to the Christmas market in Berlin are encouraged to wear face masks, but several German cities will not have a Christmas market this year due to the pandemic.

Visitors to the Christmas market in Berlin are encouraged to wear face masks, but several German cities will not have a Christmas market this year due to the pandemic.

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German Health Minister Jens Span has said in a more serious warning to the country’s population who have not yet been vaccinated that “Germans will be vaccinated, cured or dead by the end of the winter, so we urgently recommend vaccination.”

Experts are in favor of strengthening social restrictions


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In Germany, vaccination coverage remains relatively low, with only 68% of the adult population receiving two vaccines, so experts believe that social restrictions should be strengthened as the incidence of coronavirus increases. With the onset of the fourth wave of covidium, a debate has begun in the country over the possible introduction of compulsory vaccination.

Several politicians from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Conservative bloc have said the federal government and state governments should introduce mandatory vaccination because other efforts have failed. “We have come so far as to make it clear that we need ‘de facto’ compulsory vaccination and a loophole for the unvaccinated,” said Tilman Kuban, leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) youth wing.

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In several parts of Germany, hospital intensive care units are already overcrowded. Since the start of the pandemic in Germany in February 2020, there have been 5.35 million cases of covid infection in the country and more than 99,000 victims of the coronavirus.

Bavarian Prime Minister Marcus Söder has called for a swift decision on compulsory vaccination against cowpox, but the Prime Minister of Schleswig-Holstein has said the authorities should at least discuss such a move to increase pressure on citizens who have not yet been vaccinated.

Danjal Bajaz, a Green Party politician and finance minister in the state of Baden-Württemberg, where the incidence of cowboy is very high, believes it would be a mistake to rule out compulsory vaccination. The Green Party is in talks with the center-left Social Democrats and the Liberal Free Democrats (FDP) to form a coalition government at federal level, with Social Democrat leader Olaf Scholz running for office as chancellor.

Scholz said he would like a debate on whether vaccination would be mandatory for health and social care workers. The FDP opposes compulsory vaccination because the party’s program emphasizes the individual freedom of citizens. In Germany’s neighboring country, Austria, the government has announced plans to make vaccination mandatory next year.

Stronger epidemiological safeguards are being introduced

Several German Länder began tightening regulations in the fight against coward from Monday to halt the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

Germany is currently battling the fourth wave of the virus, and the number of cases in the country is reaching new records and the number of hospitalized covid patients is increasing.

In Germany, to a certain extent, the Länder regulate epidemiological precautionary measures on the basis of the number of cases in the regions. From Monday, new regulations will take effect in Saxony, eastern Germany and Schleswig-Holstein, in the north of the country. Saxony has closed all cultural and leisure facilities, including bars, clubs and discos. Only libraries will continue to operate.

There are no restrictions on shops selling basic necessities. Saxony is subject to even stricter restrictions on people who have not been vaccinated against coward. They will be prohibited from being outside the home without good reason from 10 pm to 6, when the seven-day cumulative number of infections per 100,000 population in their area exceeds 1,000.

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In Baden-Württemberg, in south-western Germany, unvaccinated people in the three districts will only be allowed to leave their homes from 9pm 5. In Schleswig-Holstein, only people who have been vaccinated against or contracted the disease will be able to take part in indoor leisure activities. In Germany, traditional Christmas markets were scheduled to open on Monday, but not in all cities.

There will be no Christmas market in Nuremberg, Dresden and Munich this year due to the pandemic. However, the major Christmas markets in Berlin, Frankfurt, Karlsruhe, Hamburg, Bremen, Kiel, Lübeck and Cologne are on track. Depending on the federal state where the trade takes place, different epidemiological safeguards will apply. Christmas markets are already open in several German cities, including Essen, Duisburg, Dortmund and Düsseldorf.

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