Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Advising the federal and state governments – is there a compulsory vaccination for nursing professions?

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Today Chancellor Merkel and the Prime Ministers are discussing measures that now must be enforced to contain the pandemic. The points of contention at a glance.

In the country consultations on measures to counter the dramatic corona development, there is still no agreement on important points shortly before the meeting with Executive Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) planned for the afternoon. Here is the overview.

It is still unclear from what hospitalization rate there are access restrictions for unvaccinated persons or there should also be test obligations for vaccinated and convalescent people (2G plus). This emerges from a proposal for a resolution presented to the German Press Agency on Thursday, which was sent to the other states on the night of Wednesday evening from North Rhine-Westphalia after deliberations with the heads of state chancellery. NRW is currently the country where the Prime Minister’s Conference is chaired.

Shortly before the talks began, the Union-led countries also proposed compulsory vaccination for nursing and medical professions. This emerges from a draft resolution from the Union-led countries sent to all countries by NRW Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU). The vaccination requirement should also apply to hospital staff and employees in facilities for the disabled, according to the template, which is available to the German Press Agency.

In addition, the so-called B countries are in favor of a nationwide 2G rule that only grants vaccinated or recovered people access to leisure events and restaurants, for example. A threshold value for the entry into force of this rule is no longer mentioned. Furthermore, care workers should be paid a care bonus again in recognition of their commitment in the corona pandemic.

As usual, the controversial points are put in brackets in the draft. The paper should first be discussed separately on Thursday morning among the country groups with SPD leadership on the one hand (A-side) and the countries under Union leadership (B-side). Baden-Württemberg, whose Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann is a member of the Greens, is one of the B countries.

In the unified point 19 of the paper it is said that the application of important measures listed in the Infection Protection Act presupposes the establishment of an epidemic situation of national scope. This is likely to be the attitude of the Union-led countries.

The “epidemic situation of national scope” previously determined by the Bundestag expires on November 25th. Instead, the SPD, Greens and FDP want to create a legal basis for local requirements with the amendment to the Infection Protection Act. The Bundestag voted in favor of the new package of measures. The Federal Council has to decide on this on Friday. For this reason, the federal-state consultations with Merkel are of great importance.

According to the draft resolution, everyone who has not yet been vaccinated will be called on to be vaccinated. The federal government should promise to continue to support vaccination centers and other organized vaccination options until April 30th. In old people’s and nursing homes, employees and visitors should have to present a negative test every day, and a self-test should also be possible. In addition, 3G rules in the workplace as well as in buses and trains are considered necessary in the draft. Citizen tests should remain free, with the federal government bearing the costs. For companies, the bridging aid III Plus should be extended beyond the turn of the year until March 31, 2022.

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