ROUNDUP / According to the SPD schedule on mandatory vaccination: government survey with Scholz
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BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Shortly before an important appearance by Chancellor Olaf Scholz in the Bundestag, the SPD presented a schedule for the decision on a general vaccination requirement for the first time. At the end of January, SPD MPs are to make a specific proposal, as parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich announced on Tuesday in Berlin. On this Wednesday afternoon, Scholz presented himself for the first time as Federal Chancellor to a government survey in parliament. It is expected that the corona policy of the SPD, Greens and FDP will play a central role in the survey.
The social democrat came under increasing pressure when he wanted to introduce a general compulsory vaccination. The CDU / CSU opposition had accused him of weak leadership in the debate and demanded a timetable. Mützenich now said that immediately after the first “orientation debate” on compulsory vaccination in parliament, which is to take place in two weeks, members of the SPD would present key points for a draft law. These should then be the basis for a group proposal together with parliamentarians from other parliamentary groups.
After that, parliament should not allow itself more than two months before a decision in the Bundestag is reached, said Mützenich: “We will have that finalized in March, of course.” Last year, Scholz had spoken out in favor of a general mandatory vaccination in early February or early March.
The Ampel-Coalition had agreed that the MPs could freely decide whether to be vaccinated without having to adhere to a certain group line. From the ranks of the SPD, Greens and FDP, there has so far only been one application by members of the Bundestag Vice President Wolfgang Kubicki of the FDP, in which a vaccination requirement is rejected.
The board of directors of the German Foundation for Patient Protection, Eugen Brysch, asked Scholz to drop the general compulsory vaccination. “The discussion about the compulsory vaccination is currently overshadowing everything. But whether it will really come is becoming more and more improbable,” said the board of the German Foundation for Patient Protection to the editorial network Germany (RND, Wednesday). “Even if the Chancellor has made vaccination a top priority, Olaf Scholz should now have the size to turn back. Because more urgent issues have been postponed for far too long.”
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. “And that against the background that neither virus variants can be stopped in the future nor the vaccination leads to sterile immunity,” argued the patient advocate. It is clear, however, that the vaccination is the best protection for yourself.
Proponents consider mandatory vaccination to be necessary because the vaccination rate is too low to contain the pandemic in the long term. 72 percent of the population have full basic protection with the mostly necessary second injection. More than 43 percent also received a booster vaccination, which is considered important for effective protection against the more contagious virus variant Omikron. Slightly less than 75 percent received at least one injection.
A legal framework for the planned new corona quarantine rules is to be sealed this week. In the future, among other things, “boosted” with booster vaccinations will be exempt from quarantine as a contact person for infected people. The Federal Cabinet is to deal with a corresponding ordinance this Wednesday, as the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday evening. It should then come to the Bundestag on Thursday and finally to the Bundesrat on Friday. Ultimately, the quarantine rules must be implemented by the federal states.
The federal and state governments agreed on the new regulations last week, also with a view to the spread of the new Omikron virus variant. In general, segregation times should be shortened. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) should also publish updated recommendations on Friday, as the ministry said.
According to an RKI draft, the quarantine for contact persons of infected people and the isolation, if you are sick yourself, should be based on a “seven-day rule”: You can end after seven days if you come up with a negative PCR- or quick test “free tests”. Without a test, they should last ten days in the future./sku/DP/zb
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