The German Trade Association (HDE) has reiterated its call for the introduction of a general obligation to vaccinate. “In order not to face dramatic restrictions again in a few months, political unity is needed when it comes to compulsory vaccination,” HDE General Manager Stefan Genth explained on Friday. He appealed to the members of the Bundestag: it is time to “finally decide on the general vaccination requirement that has been discussed for months and to implement it quickly”.
On Thursday, the Bundestag discussed competing requests for a general obligation to vaccinate. A decision must be made in early April. The range of templates is wide. After the first discussion, parliamentarians must now find a compromise.
Vaccination remains the “most promising tool for a permanent exit from the pandemic,” Genth explained. Relying on voluntariness was obviously not enough. More months of lockdown should be avoided, retail has not recovered from previous closures. “We must not go into the fall unprepared,” Genth cautioned, warning of more “special sacrifices” by commercial companies.