It is not only in Austria that there is increasing doubt that general vaccination will come into force: also in Germany the planned direct vaccination requirement falters enormously. There is disagreement among the deputies of the traffic light government about the form of the law, parts of the FDP, above all Bundestag Vice President Wolfgang Kubicki, are still completely opposed to the vaccination requirement. And negative voices are also piling up from other quarters.
This is what the board of directors of the Patient Protection Foundation, Eugen Brysch, asked for RND a clear one waiver of compulsory vaccination:
The discussion about compulsory vaccination is currently overshadowing everything. But whether she really comes is becoming less likely by the day. Even though the Federal Chancellor has declared compulsory vaccination to be a top priority, Olaf Scholz should now have the size to turn back. For far too long, more pressing issues have been put off.
He points out that the virus variants of the future will also be unstoppable and that vaccination does not lead to sterile immunity. Instead of mandatory vaccination, Brysch sees the need for a care reform: those in need of care should be relieved, and hospital care in rural areas should be strengthened.
Previously, STIKO boss Thomas Mertens also had an obligation to vaccinate rejection granted: “This would lead to an even stronger polarization, and many people would try with great intensity to avoid this duty.” He does not see the vaccination requirement as a scientific, but as a purely political decision.
Ethics Council relativizes its recommendation
At the end of December, the German Ethics Council, in turn, gave its yes to the expansion of the planned facility-related compulsory vaccination to “essential parts of the population” (and thus promptly sharp criticism harvested from their own ranks). Now, however, they are suddenly rowing back and have reformedthat the vote was not unequivocal at all and that it does not apply at all without restrictions. For example, the committee based its recommendation on the conditions of the Delta variant – but if the situation changes, as with the Omicron variant, new assessments would have to be made. Council President Alena Buyx said: “It is possible that important things will change again, for example that our current vaccination rate for future, more harmless mutations will be sufficient to achieve a controlled endemic situation.” The worldwide spread of the omicron variant had long been a fact at the time the ethics council recommended vaccination, but somehow you have to justify your hasty relativization: When the mainstream celebrated yes to vaccination in December, at least you didn’t have the courage to do so seen necessary. In any case, according to the Ethics Council, not enough “low-threshold, nationwide vaccination offers” have been made and there is no “real target group-specific strategy” to increase the vaccination rate. An immediate introduction of compulsory vaccination is so problematic.
Kubicki: “You have to accept that there are people who do not want to be vaccinated”
In fact, even among critics of compulsory vaccination, it is always emphasized that vaccination represents the “best” protection for the individual (contrary to the facts of natural immunity). Accordingly, when recommending “milder” means, the point is almost always that people should be “motivated” to vaccinate in a different way. Of course, this fails to recognize the simple fact that those who have withstood the massive political pressure for a year and have remained free of Covid vaccinations despite massive discrimination and exclusion will not be persuaded to shoot by even more colorful brochures or mobile vaccination teams . In an interview with theworld” at least FDP Vice Kubicki finally stated: “You have to accept that there are people who do not want to be vaccinated.” He’s right about that. However, it is doubtful whether politicians like Scholz or Lauterbach will see this.