A quickly announced end of all corona measures could cause one or the other to reconsider their vaccination decision. A comment by Georg Anastasiadis.
Munich – The German vaccination debate has reached its tipping point faster than expected: In view of the now good vaccine supply situation, it is no longer about who can be vaccinated first – but about how the state deals with those who do not vaccinate for various reasons want to leave.
Corona: There are two sides to personal responsibility
Politicians would be ill advised to shake the voluntariness now. Everyone in a liberal state must have the right to refuse vaccination – but then they must not demand that in the fall, when the incidences rise again, the state ensures their safety through the next lockdown. There are two sides to personal responsibility: on the one hand, the right to confidently make the vaccination decision for yourself; on the other hand, there is also the duty to protect oneself instead of delegating this task to the state.
The state’s comprehensive promise of protection, with draconian lockdown measures, ends at the moment when each individual can take adequate precautions for their own health. Closing restaurants or fitness clubs in autumn, for example, would be grossly inappropriate unless new virus variants prove to be resistant to the common vaccines.
Corona: Then politics would inevitably end up in the health dictatorship
If politicians in the pandemic wanted to continue following the previously pursued motto that every death is one too many, it would inevitably end up in the health dictatorship. It would therefore be desirable that the Federal Government, like the British Government, give its citizens an early warning that the measures will end from the moment a vaccination offer has been made to everyone. For those who have been vaccinated, in a state with guaranteed basic rights, this means the constitutionally required restitution of their civil liberties. And for unvaccinated people an incentive to review their free choice. (Georg Anastasiadis)