A statement from the Central Association of Statutory Health Insurance Companies on mandatory coronavirus vaccination caused a stir on Monday. In the document for a hearing of Bundestag experts, the National Association of Compulsory Health Insurance Funds pointed out possible practical problems in the implementation of compulsory vaccination from the age of 18, including a serious shortage of paper in Europe.
Insurance companies “are not health or regulatory authorities,” the association argued. The information letters scheduled for the insured before May 15 cannot be fulfilled within the period established from the organizational point of view. It is questionable whether enough paper could be provided for the 60 million affected people to write on.
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Then there was a lively discussion online under the hashtag #lack of paper. “As a member of parliament who rejects compulsory vaccination, I might be inclined to be happy about that. Not at all as digital politics,” Green politician Tabea Rößner wrote on Twitter.
A spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Economics said in Berlin on Monday that he was not aware of an acute shortage of paper.
The National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds later released a statement stating that current media reports could give the impression that statutory health insurance is against the introduction of mandatory coronavirus vaccination. Executive director Doris Pfeiffer explained: “In our statement, we never spoke out against the introduction of compulsory vaccination.” Only expected practical difficulties in planned implementation by health insurance companies were noted.
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At an expert hearing in the Bundestag on Monday, the various proposals for a possible vaccination requirement were discussed. It will be voted on in Parliament in April. (dpa)