In France, citizens will have to pay for the PCR tests themselves from autumn. A model for Germany? That’s what Angela Merkel, Jens Spahn and Markus Söder say about it.
Berlin – Because of the stagnating vaccination rate, the federal government is thinking openly about new incentives that could convince parts of the population to get vaccinated. A vaccination requirement, which Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed again on Tuesday at a press conference, will not exist in Germany. “We can gain trust by advertising,” said Merkel.
At the same time, the government did not rule out that the previously free corona tests in Germany for unvaccinated people will be subject to a long-term fee. Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn emphasized that one was still in a phase of conviction, in a later phase one could certainly think about it. “I don’t see that for Germany yet, but I don’t want to rule out the possibility of getting into this situation.”
Do people who are not vaccinated have to pay for the test themselves? Söder and Merkel are thinking openly about test policy
Merkel added that at the moment there are still groups that cannot be vaccinated, such as children or people, who might have other reasons why they could not be vaccinated. Right now they are promoting vaccinations. You have to think carefully about measures “that are such an indirect compulsory vaccination”. The next few weeks will be about advertising, “and then we will continue to discuss”. The previously free citizen tests, like the vaccination certificate in Germany, enable access to events, for example.
The Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder also spoke on Tuesday on the subject. Despite the continuing decline in willingness to vaccinate, the Free State is also against a general vaccination requirement. One is also against the state paying a premium, said Söder after a meeting of the cabinet in Munich. Söder emphasized, however, that the “path that France is taking” could also be exciting for Germany in some cases. The government of President Emmanuel Macron announced that from autumn PCR tests will be chargeable. The aim is to boost the vaccination campaign. “Testing costs enormous sums of money,” said Söder. Therefore, it must also be considered whether the corona tests could remain free if everyone had received a vaccination offer. (fmü / dpa)
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