The discussions about compulsory vaccination continue. The FDP is currently working on two ideas – one comes from the CSU. All information in the news ticker.
- In Germany there is intense discussion about compulsory vaccination.
- There are now two new proposals: compulsory vaccination from 50 or transitional compulsory for one year.
- The Union takes responsibility for the traffic lights, while the FDP is also working on a CSU proposal.
- This news ticker for the discussion about a general vaccination requirement in Germany is continuously updated.
Update from January 12th, 5.45pm In the debate about a general corona vaccination obligation, the chairman of the SPD parliamentary group, Rolf Mützenich, defended the decision to bring about a resolution by parliament. Union parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU) had previously asked the federal government to submit its own draft law. However, the coalition wants the members of the Bundestag to vote freely on various proposals that they have drawn up themselves.
“It is still the intention, at least of many colleagues in my group, to have a good debate about it and then to come to a conclusion in the first quarter of this year,” said Mützenich this Wednesday in the ARD-Mittagsmagazin.
Update from January 12, 4:45 p.m.: On Wednesday, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier initiated a debate with citizens about a possible general vaccination requirement in Germany. To this end, he invited vaccinated and unvaccinated people to a discussion. The participants were partly in Berlin at Bellevue Palace, partly digitally.
The head of state called for legal security and a convincing justification of the policy. “As Federal President, I will not position myself in this round to say yes or no to a general vaccination requirement,” Steinmeier explained himself – and listened to the positions of all those involved.
Is vaccination compulsory in Germany? Chancellor Scholz wants to initiate this as soon as possible
First report from January 12th: Munich / Berlin – Will vaccination be compulsory in Germany? If so, when and how exactly? Recently, the open questions regarding mandatory corona vaccination increased. Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz * (SPD) had actually announced last year that he wanted to initiate a corresponding regulation as soon as possible.
Initially, the talk was from February to March 2022, but it now seems clear that this target will not be met. In addition to the point in time, there are other uncertainties – such as the specific design.
Compulsory vaccination from 50? CSU politician brings new model into play
Alongside Austria, Germany is the only western democracy in which a general vaccination requirement is being discussed. In some countries, such as France, there is a so-called job-related compulsory vaccination, for example in the care sector, or partial vaccination in certain age groups, as in Italy. However, only Austria and Germany are planning an all-encompassing mandatory vaccination that applies to all people over the age of 18. Scholz had recently spoken out in favor of this model again and again, but unlike Austria, nothing has yet been decided.
In Germany, an age-dependent vaccination requirement is now being discussed for the first time. In Italy all people over 50 are required to have an injection. The CSU health politician Stephan Pilsinger spoke out in favor of this path. Because the majority of Covid intensive care patients are older than 50 years, compulsory vaccination for all over 50-year-olds can effectively protect the health system and still keep the encroachment on freedom as low as possible for society.
Compulsory vaccination: FDP takes up CSU proposal – and has other design ideas
However, Pilsinger’s statements are not (yet) ready for a decision. As the native of Munich announced in the meantime, he will probably not submit a corresponding application himself. In contrast to the usual procedure, a vote is taken on the compulsory vaccination without parliamentary pressure. That means: Members of parliament first have to come together in groups with a common position and formulate appropriate proposals. Thorsten Frei, Parliamentary Managing Director of the Union parliamentary group in the Bundestag, emphasized that the CDU and CSU parliamentary group would not take over the work of the government. “If the federal government is of the opinion that compulsory vaccination is a means of getting out of this pandemic, then it must also submit a legislative proposal for it.”
Pilsinger’s statements are initially just a mental game, but they are certainly heard in the traffic light coalition. The FDP, which is very skeptical of the general compulsory vaccination, has already signaled its approval. Interesting move by Stephan Pilsinger “, FDP board member Konstantin Kuhle wrote on Twitter. He and FDP colleague Andrew Ullmann want to invite Pilsinger to “think further about such a step model.” In a letter, Kuhle praised Pilsinger’s “noteworthy” proposal.
The compulsory vaccination headwind seems to be increasing. From the ranks of the coalition of the SPD, the Greens and the FDP, an application by the Bundestag Vice President Wolfgang Kubicki is already known, in which a vaccination requirement is rejected.
FDP parliamentary group leader Christian Dürr also brought a one-year vaccination requirement into play. “Another idea would be to test the mandatory vaccination on a trial basis: the mandatory vaccination could only be introduced for a limited period, for example for one year,” said Dürr Rheinische Post. “But I haven’t made a decision yet,” stressed the group chairman.
Compulsory vaccination: Greens expect a decision in the first quarter of 2022
When a decision will be made cannot yet be foreseen. The traffic light may also be taking its time due to ambiguities from Austria. In the Alpine republic, compulsory vaccinations should take effect from February 1st. However, this goal does not seem achievable – at least not without background noise *.
Meanwhile, the Greens are optimistic about the schedule. Group leader Britta Haßelmann expects a decision by the Bundestag in the first quarter, so by April 2022. “I still assume,” said Haßelmann on Wednesday in the ZDF “Morgenmagazin”. Within Parliament, “key points” have already been drawn up on three group proposals, each with a different approach. The MPs are in appropriate talks.
Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, meanwhile, called for a careful debate in the struggle about compulsory vaccination. “Such an extraordinary measure also places our state in an extraordinary duty to its citizens. In short: compulsory vaccination means compulsory debate. ”We will keep you up to date on this debate in the news ticker. (as) *Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA
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