Lower Saxony and Bremen
Launch of the reporting portal for mandatory vaccination related to the institution
Facility-specific vaccinations have been mandatory for some time. This will come into force shortly. This means that health authorities have more work to do.
Hannover (dpa / lni) – Anyone who works in the health sector and has not been vaccinated against the corona virus must be reported to the health department of Lower Saxony in the coming weeks. According to the Ministry of Health, a reporting portal created for this purpose was launched on Friday. Consequently, both the management of the affected institutions and companies and the health authorities have access to this portal.
The background is the vaccination requirement related to the facilities, which will take effect from Wednesday of next week. According to this, employees of hospitals or nursing homes will only be able to work if they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus or have recovered from an infection.
Starting next Wednesday, facilities will be required to report employees whose vaccination status is insufficient or who have doubts about the authenticity of the receipt within two weeks. Doctor’s offices and other self-employed workers are also subject to registration.
According to the ministry, health authorities first ask registered people to present proof of vaccination or a certificate. Facilities are advised to initially deploy concerned employees away from patients. If no evidence is presented, a hearing with the threat of a fine could follow: this fine is 1,500 euros for a full-time position. After that, a fine of up to 2,500 euros can be imposed. If proof is not provided, the health department may issue an entry or activity ban.
According to the ministry, around 240,000 people in Lower Saxony work in the health sector, including around 90,000 in nursing. Referring to the January surveys, Health Minister Daniela Behrens (SPD) recently said that around 95 percent of employees in clinics and care across the country were vaccinated.