There will be no more lockdown for everyone. The change of course is right, but also risky, comments Merkur politics editor Christian Deutschländer.
The federal and state governments are at the wheel. The lockdown-for-all policy ends in many areas. Instead, a clear differentiation follows in autumn between those who have been vaccinated and those who have not been vaccinated. That’s a good thing – whoever is vaccinated does not protect themselves and others completely according to the current status, but in the best possible way. At the latest, the constitutional judges would have forced this step. The change of course is right, but also risky. It fuels conflict in society and has side effects.
The goal is a higher vaccination rate. That serves the common good. Of the resolutions, tens of thousands can certainly be pushed to vaccinate, who have waited indifferently, hesitantly, some even carelessly. Testing duties and costs will force you to be conscious about vaccination; it is often a matter of milieus where such amounts are important.
Yes, the state is allowed to push here. The price for this is: the gap grows. A smaller part will feel pushed into the camp of staunch opponents of vaccination. The greater the pressure on them, the more radical their protest becomes. One can already feel in the country: The tone is intensifying. So where does the fine red line run between legitimate gentle pressure – and an illegitimate punitive action against unvaccinated people?
Coronavirus: Demanding evidence or fresh tests indoors increases everyone’s safety in the fall
Demanding evidence or fresh tests indoors increases the safety of everyone in the fall, especially the unvaccinated, by the way. That doesn’t sound as nice as the slogan of pure and immediate personal responsibility – but it’s smart. Countries should still watch out for side effects. The test number must not collapse in the fall. Testing as much as possible is one way of breaking chains of infection.
Or, a practical example: If the (rightly mandatory) tests in front of homes suddenly cost money – are seniors ultimately the ones who suffer who hardly get any more visitors? Withdrawing from the corona rules requires a lot of tact.
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