Union parliamentary group sends catalog of questions to the Chancellery about mandatory vaccinations

BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – The Union parliamentary group wants to increase the pressure on Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and the traffic light government in the debate about a general compulsory vaccination with a 17-point catalog of questions. In view of the threatened spread of the Omikron variant, people are “unsettled and rightly ask whether the new federal government is doing everything necessary and possible to combat the pandemic,” says a six-page letter from the Parliamentary Managing Director available to the German Press Agency in Berlin of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, Thorsten Frei (CDU), to Wolfgang Schmidt, head of the Chancellery, on Wednesday.

Against this background, it is very astonishing that the federal government has “so far taken a passive stance on the compulsory vaccination debate and has left it with mere references to the Bundestag”, criticized Frei in the letter. The MPs could only make responsible decisions if they had comprehensive information, sound legal assessments and a valid picture of the situation at their disposal. Schmidt asked Frei to answer the catalog of questions before the end of the year.

The Union parliamentary group asks, among other things, whether the federal government wants to submit its own draft law “in view of the fundamental rights-relevant dimension of the subject as well as the legal technical complexity and the high need for justification”. The impression that the government is indifferent to the margins or stealing from responsibility must be avoided. “This would only be more nourishment for the uncertainty of the people in our country and poison for the resolute fight against the pandemic.”

The questionnaire asks, among other things, the possibilities of checking and enforcing a mandatory vaccination, the establishment of a vaccination register and the dangers for the critical infrastructures in the areas of health, food, electricity and water supply.

The Ethics Council presented the expected recommendation on a general vaccination requirement on Wednesday. The committee is in favor of extending the mandatory vaccination adopted for employees in clinics or nursing homes to “significant parts of the population”. According to the federal-state resolution, the Bundestag and the federal government should speed up the preparations and present a schedule at short notice. It is envisaged that the Bundestag will vote on a possible introduction without being forced into a parliamentary group. Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) said after the federal-state consultations on Tuesday about a general vaccination requirement: “I do not think that we should refrain from it.” / Bk / DP / nas

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