The corona patchwork quilt is being woven again: When it comes to the question of rights for vaccinated people, the countries are rushing ahead – and the debate has long gone further than the plans of the Merkel government.
Berlin / Kiel – It is the big political question of the second Corona summer – and once again the Federal Government of Chancellor Angela Merkel * seems to be overwhelmed by a “wave”. This time, however, it is not about corona infection numbers. But about the rapidly advancing vaccinations. And the explosive question of how much, how quickly and for whom, in view of this, the rules should be relaxed.
Merkel and the Prime Minister’s Conference postponed the topic last Monday and pushed it towards the end of May. Since then, numerous federal states have decided on their own to relax the vaccinees. The SPD has meanwhile put pressure on and presented a draft ordinance in the person of Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht. But even that is already lagging behind the debate: even Union politicians spoke of open restaurants and hotels at the weekend – and demanded access for those who have been tested.
Corona in Germany: Rights for vaccinated people – countries are rushing forward, federal regulation is a long time coming
First, Bavaria, under Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU), decided to discontinue the first test obligations for vaccinated people. North Rhine-Westphalia followed suit on Saturday. “It is a first step to equate vaccinated and recovered people with those who tested negative,” said North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU). They do not pose a major risk, “that is why we are taking back encroachments on fundamental rights for this group of people”. Laschet also called for nationwide uniform regulations. CDU veteran Wolfgang Schäuble had previously expressed anger about the patchwork quilt. But it will still take a while before a federal solution is found.
The federal government wants to launch a regulation in the coming week. A draft from the Federal Ministry of Justice is already available. This also provides that fully vaccinated people are exempt from exit and contact restrictions. The regulation could come to the Federal Council on Friday. But there have long been calls for more.
Corona easing: Dobrindt wants to reopen culture and gastronomy with “vaccination and testing”
The chairman of the CSU regional group in the Bundestag, Alexander Dobrindt, for example, called for further relaxation. “Vaccination and testing is the way back to normality – and normality can not only mean that visits to the hairdresser are possible without a test and the exit restriction does not apply, but normality also means access to culture, restaurants and hotels,” said Dobrindt Picture on sunday.
The chairman of the medium-sized and economic union of the CDU and CSU, Carsten Linnemann, also pleaded for more rights for those who have been tested. “We not only want to give back freedoms to those who have been vaccinated and recovered, but also to those who have tested negative,” said Linnemann World on sunday. Anyone who can present a current test certificate must be able to sit in the restaurant again and book hotel rooms or holiday apartments.
Merkel had reportedly spoken out against such plans in a CDU presidium meeting: A full vaccination offers more robust protection than a test, she is said to have declared internally and thus spoke out against equal rights for those who have been vaccinated and those who have been tested. The FDP exercised at the request of Merkur.de * massive criticism of this attitude. Individual CDU politicians also expressed criticism. So now other parts of the Union seem to be shifting openly.
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It is precisely the possible distinction between vaccinated and tested persons that harbors potential for conflict. According to the Robert Koch Institute, less than eight percent of German citizens are currently fully vaccinated. Three out of four approved vaccines require two vaccinations. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the last vaccination.
Schleswig-Holstein’s Prime Minister Daniel Günther (CDU) has now warned against discriminating against citizens who have not yet been vaccinated too much. 90 percent of Germans have not yet been fully vaccinated, “that is why returned rights lead to new injustices,” said Günther Daily mirror on Sunday.
Günther also insisted on a quick regulation for hotel openings in Germany *. In the future, families could go on vacation in hotels on the North Sea with a mixture of a vaccination certificate for their parents and a Corona test certificate for older children, he argued.
The question of openings, for example in gastronomy or culture, is of course also linked to an economic dimension. The association of owners of holiday apartments and holiday homes called for quick easing at the weekend in accordance with the rules of the Corona emergency brake, regardless of the vaccination progress. Association president Daniel Rousta called for openings in areas with an incidence below 100: “The citizens were made palatable to the law in order to avoid the much-quoted patchwork quilt. Now we are experiencing that every prime minister is once again imposing his or her own power fantasies. “
Corona vaccinations in Germany: Spahn explains plan for company doctors – pressure on Merkel’s government is increasing
However, quite large parts of the Federal Republic are still quite a long way from this incidence value. After all: the number of new infections reported within seven days per 100,000 inhabitants continued to decrease on Sunday, which is now the sixth day in a row. It is now nationwide at 146.5. The day before, the RKI had given this seven-day incidence as 148.6, a week ago as 165.6. With 16,290 new corona infections recorded, it still seems too early to give the all-clear.
Either way, there is plenty of movement in the subject. Company doctors will soon also be vaccinating nationwide. At the latest in the week from June 7th they would be included in the vaccination campaign with at least 500,000 doses per week, the Ministry of Health said at the request of the World on sunday. This reduces the number of possible disadvantaged people – but at the same time there is also increasing pressure to give back their basic rights to those who have been completely vaccinated.
“In a few weeks we will probably have more vaccine than appointment requests,” said Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) of the newspaper. “Company doctors in particular should then help to convince with low-threshold vaccination offers.” In this way, those who “are not looking for the counter-argument, but the opportunity” could also be won over to vaccination.
In any case, Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) promised a quick clarification of the open questions on Sunday. He thinks it is realistic that the planned regulation will come into the cabinet on Wednesday and receive the approval of the Bundestag and Bundesrat by Friday, said Scholz on Sunday in the ARD program “Report from Berlin”. “We have the ambition to get this approval and that would also be right for the rights of the citizens.” Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) confirmed this plan on Monday. (fn / AFP / dpa) *Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.
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