The German government has reduced the validity period of the recovery status from six to three months. As it turns out, this change did not affect all German citizens. In the German Bundestag, the recovery status is still valid for six months!
Healing status valid in Germany for only 3 months
While ordinary citizens three months after infection with the coronavirus are no longer considered recovered and lose far-reaching rights if they are not vaccinated, politicians in the Bundestag are still considered recovered for six months after infection.
This was confirmed by the Bundestag when asked by BILD’s editorial board. The justification says that the status of the recovered is regulated by a general Bundestag regulation, with the regulation still based on the old six-month rule. Since the new decree was adopted on January 14, the general decree has not yet been amended. For the time being, it is not yet known when it will be amended. The Bundestag’s general decree is “constantly under review to determine whether changes to the general decree are warranted.”
Criticism from CSU
Alexander Dobrindt (51) of the CSU, chairman of the parliamentary faction, told BILD, “Reducing convalescent status to three months, which is scientifically questionable, but leaving it at six months for the Bundestag, is an impertinence.” Dobrindt also blames Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (58, SPD), who is responsible for the work of the Robert Koch Institute. “By doing so, Lauterbach has done democracy a real disservice.”
Absurd Bundestag decision
On January 13, the Bundestag itself decided to leave it to the Robert Koch Institute (IRK) to decide the status of the recovered patient. The very next day, the IRK exercised its authority and reduced the expiration date from six months to three months. Prime ministers were surprised, as were millions of citizens. A person’s recovery status can determine whether he or she can continue to go to restaurants, ride the bus or take the train without having to take a coronavirus test.
Only for the Bundestag itself, the change in the rules has not caused any inconvenience – simply the old rule still applies there.