President of the German Patient Protection Foundation Eugen Brysch has called on Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) to abandon plans to make vaccination against coronavirus universally mandatory. “The discussion about mandatory vaccination is currently overshadowing everything. But whether it will actually happen is becoming less likely by the day,” a board member of the German Patient Protection Foundation told Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND). “Even if the Federal Chancellor has made the introduction of mandatory vaccination a priority, Olaf Scholz should now also have the courage to turn back. More urgent matters have already been put off for far too long.”
The issues surrounding mandatory vaccinations are very complex, Brysch said. Whoever wants to get into it now must also explain how it will be possible to back out of it. “And this in the context that neither the emergence of new virus variants can be avoided in the future, nor will vaccination lead to sterile immunity,” argued the board member of the German Patient Protection Foundation. In his opinion, however, it is clear that vaccination is the best protection for us.
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Scholz has come out in favor of mandatory vaccinations, but he has come under increasing pressure on the issue in recent weeks. During the debate, the CDU/CSU demanded a timetable. On Tuesday, the SPD said it would present a concrete proposal by the end of January.