Should there be compulsory vaccination for certain occupational groups? While associations are against it among nursing staff, the districts see it differently.
Berlin – A vaccination requirement for staff in nursing homes remains controversial.
“We now consider compulsory vaccination for certain professional groups, especially in nursing, to be inevitable,” said the President of the German District Association, Reinhard Sager, the newspapers of the Funke media group. “It is important to protect the particularly vulnerable people particularly effectively,” emphasized the local representative.
Private nursing homes and old people’s homes counter this. There is no legal basis for an obligation to vaccinate, said the President of the Federal Association of Private Providers of Social Services (bpa), Bernd Meurer, the editorial network Germany (RND / Friday). Nevertheless, the association is promoting a high degree of vaccination. According to Meurer, however, the discussion about compulsory vaccination for nurses distracts from the failure to implement booster vaccinations quickly and across the board.
Christel Bienstein, President of the German Professional Association for Nursing Professions, rejects compulsory vaccination for nursing staff with reference to missing facts. It is currently unknown how many employees have not been vaccinated for what reasons. We also do not know how the vaccination rates are related to the qualifications of the employees, Bienstein told the Funke newspapers.
The board of directors of the German Foundation for Patient Protection, Eugen Brysch, is against compulsory vaccination for nurses. Brysch justified this in the Funke newspapers with the fact that “people who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered can also become infected with corona and pass the virus on to those in need of care without being noticed”. Rather, a nationwide mandatory daily test for staff and visitors in the nursing homes is necessary. dpa
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