Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) urged the Bundestag to introduce general vaccination against the coronavirus. “We can put an end to the pandemic for Germany for the first time with compulsory vaccination,” the SPD politician said in the Bundestag on Thursday. “Let’s take advantage of this opportunity.”
If we achieve a vaccination rate of over 90 percent among people over 60 years of age, “we should not be afraid of restrictions in the fall”, stressed the Minister of Health.
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It’s about preventing serious illness and death, Lauterbach said. “We have the vaccines for that.” And he added, in view of the still high infection rates: “The unvaccinated are the ones who are not making progress.” The minister also noted that new variants of the virus could appear in the autumn. For example, the omicron can change in such a way that it penetrates deeper into the lungs.
On Thursday, the Bundestag discussed the bills and requests for general vaccination requirements for the first time. The total of five templates range from compulsory vaccination from the age of 18 to non-compulsory. Parliament wants to make a decision at the beginning of April, by which time a compromise should be sought. Lauterbach is one of more than 200 supporters of the 18-and-Over General Immunization Bill. (AFP)