Corona vaccination requirement: multiple applications, “quick” decision?
Status: 12.01.2022 10:21 a.m.
The parties are still arguing about the procedure for introducing compulsory corona vaccination. Greens parliamentary leader Haßelmann still expects a decision by the end of March. Three different positions emerge.
The chairman of the parliamentary group of the Greens, Britta Haßelmann, expects a decision by the Bundestag on compulsory vaccination against Corona in the first quarter. “I’m still assuming it,” said Haßelmann together Morning magazine from ARD and ZDF. Within Parliament, “cornerstones” have already been drawn up on three group proposals, each with a different approach. The MPs are in appropriate talks.
Britta Haßelmann, leader of the Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen parliamentary group, on the orientation debate and the schedule for a legislative procedure with regard to mandatory vaccination
daily news 9:00 a.m., January 12th, 2022
She is assuming that the further procedure will be clarified “very quickly” after a so-called orientation debate planned for the week after next in the Bundestag and that the relevant motions would then be presented to parliament quickly. It is a very sensitive issue with a high “depth of intervention” that needs to be discussed very carefully. But they assume that a decision in the Bundestag can be made by the end of March.
Among the MPs, three positions emerged for the corresponding group motions, said Haßelmann. Some rejected compulsory vaccination, others advocated a step model. Thirdly, there are advocates of a general compulsory corona vaccination for all people over the age of 18. She herself is in favor of a general compulsory vaccination for adults, said the Green group leader.
SPD parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich had previously stated that he expected a Bundestag decision on the planned cross-faction group motions in March. He also referred to the orientation debate planned for two weeks. At this point in time, members of the SPD would also present the first cornerstones for a bill to introduce compulsory vaccinations, Mützenich announced.
Union continues to call for traffic lights to be drafted
Union parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus had repeatedly asked the federal government 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.”
AfD parliamentary group leader Tino Chrupalla reiterated his party’s rejection of mandatory vaccinations. The current pandemic shows that such a duty would be of no use, he said in a joint statement Morning magazine from ARD and ZDF.
“Politics is very slow at the moment”
On the other hand, the chairman of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, has no understanding that the corona vaccination obligation is a long time coming. “Politics is very slow at the moment,” he said on RTL. This applies to the implementation of the resolutions of the most recent Prime Minister’s Conference on quarantine and also to the compulsory vaccination: “When I hear that the Bundestag cannot meet because it is carnival week and then there is no meeting, then that is a slap in the face of all doctors and nurses who are always on call, day or night. That can’t be an argument, “said Montgomery.
He also criticized the fact that individual federal states are changing the quarantine rules quickly, while others are still waiting. There are enough test options so that infected people or contact persons can test themselves. He understood that those affected would be angry if they did not get this opportunity, said the doctor.
Meanwhile, the board of the Patient Protection Foundation, Eugen Brysch, called on Chancellor Olaf Scholz to drop the plan for a general vaccination requirement because of the problems with political and legal enforceability. “The discussion about the compulsory vaccination is currently overshadowing everything. But whether it will really come is becoming more and more unlikely,” said Brysch to the newspapers of the editorial network in Germany. The questions about vaccination are very complex, said Brysch. Anyone who wants to get started now must also explain how the exit from duty will be possible.