D.he chairman of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians in Rhineland-Palatinate, Peter Heinz, calls for massive restrictions on freedom for those who have not been vaccinated: “Those who have not been vaccinated do not have the freedom to take off their mask. You are not allowed to go shopping in the stadium, in the swimming pool or in the supermarket without a mask. And you can no longer allow unvaccinated people and those with just a simple vaccination to go on vacation, ”he told the“ Rhein-Zeitung ”(Saturday edition).
In his opinion, even with a negative test, unvaccinated people should not go on vacation: “Freesting does not protect you. For example, if you go to an island with a negative PCR test, you can very well get infected there, go home and carry the virus. “
“Without vaccination there is no freedom”
“Anyone who gives back freedom to the unvaccinated is wasting the chance to reach everyone with the vaccination,” said Heinz. You have to make it clear to people: “Without vaccination there is no freedom. Without this pressure, we will not convince people. ”Unvaccinated people are a danger to society and should therefore not be given the same freedoms as vaccinated people.
Heinz considers vaccination premiums to be “absurd”. However, he rejects compulsory vaccination as “paternalism”. Giving freedom only to vaccinated persons is not a hidden obligation to vaccinate, “but an inevitable conclusion from a pandemic situation”.
Gentiloni: “Avoid overreactions”
EU Economic Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni, on the other hand, calls for calm in the holiday season despite the increasing number of infections in some European countries. He told the newspapers of the Funke media group: “We now have to be careful not to get too excited and avoid overreactions.” Thanks to the vaccinations, higher numbers did not automatically lead to a more dangerous situation. Despite the particularly contagious Delta variant, a “strong holiday season” is possible.
The Italian EU Commissioner warned against unilateral unjustified travel restrictions by individual member states. “I very much hope that all EU countries coordinate their actions as much as possible,” said Gentiloni. “Unilateral actions will only increase the uncertainty in Europe.” More important are personal behavior and vaccinations. Because of the progress of the vaccination campaigns, the situation this summer is different from a year ago.