Thursday, December 2, 2021

Corona measures traffic light probably not yet agreed on compulsory vaccination in individual professions

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In the fight against the corona pandemic, the Greens co-leader had announced that the traffic light parties had agreed on mandatory vaccinations for certain professions. That should not be the case after all.

According to information from negotiating circles, the traffic light parties have not yet agreed on a partial vaccination requirement. Several insiders from the environment of the coalition negotiations contradict the impression that was created after statements by Greens co-party leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt. She had spoken of compulsory vaccination for nursing homes and day-care centers, which the traffic light parties SPD, Greens and FDP wanted to get on the way. “There is no agreement on a compulsory vaccination,” it says in traffic light circles.

The move is not part of the reform of the Infection Protection Act, which is to be passed this week, but a separate legislative process, said Göring-Eckardt in her statement. When asked, she said that there was an agreement between the traffic light parties on the partial compulsory vaccination. In the afternoon, however, the Greens group made it clear that the parties were not yet in agreement.

The deputy SPD parliamentary group leader Dirk Wiese told the German Press Agency that a right to information about the vaccination status of employees was provided. “We will regulate that entering a workplace where personal contact is not excluded is only allowed to employers and employees with proof of vaccination, convalescence or test. The employer may and must of course inquire about this,” said Wiese.

In view of the increasing number of infections, the SPD, Greens and FDP also want to introduce a 3G rule in the workplace. This means that only those who have been vaccinated, those who have recovered or who have been tested have access to the workplace. In this context, trade associations had demanded that employers should be able to query the vaccination status of their employees.

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