10 Jan. 2022 06:30
Last year it was officially announced by the government that there would be no compulsory vaccination. In November, the new Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz then said that this would be introduced “by the beginning of March at the latest”. According to media reports, however, it may not come into force until May or even later.
The plan of Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) to introduce compulsory vaccinations by March is probably not possible in the time frame planned so far. Again Daily mirror wants to have learned from coalition circles, the reasons for this are legal issues and the schedule of the Bundestag and Bundesrat. After the federal government categorically ruled out compulsory vaccination against Corona last year, Scholz announced at the end of November 2021 that a general vaccination requirement should apply “at the latest from the beginning of March” for all residents in Germany.
A desired vaccination requirement will soon be voted on in the Bundestag without stipulating a binding parliamentary group discipline. On January 26th or 27th, there will initially be an orientation debate in the German Bundestag. Due to the carnival, only one week of meetings is scheduled during this period, so the decision on a vote can be made on March 14th at the earliest. The Federal Council then also has to give its approval, but it will not meet again until April 8th. Before the beginning of May, the compulsory vaccination could hardly be legally introduced without additional special sessions. If a central vaccination register is also set up, the obligation could not come into force until June. The deputy leader of the SPD parliamentary group, Dirk Wiese, told the newspaper:
“We should bring the deliberations in the Bundestag to a conclusion in the first quarter.”
The timing is “demanding”, but the compulsory vaccination is now “in perspective a precaution for the coming autumn and winter”. In the coming week, the SPD parliamentary group will initially discuss with members of the ethics council, with the Federal Data Protection Commissioner and with lawyers. Scholz initially avoided questions about the timeframe for introducing mandatory vaccination after the federal-state conference on Friday. Meanwhile, the Union parties used their new role in the opposition to accuse the “Ampel” coalition of delaying the project because of concerns of the FDP.
Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann (FDP) announced that, in the event of approval, the obligation to vaccinate could be implemented quickly. He does not believe that the compulsory vaccination could fail for legal reasons, as he did to the tabloid Picture on sunday explained. For reasons of time, however, he rejects the introduction of a vaccination register for compulsory vaccination, as this could take years. In the case of violations of the vaccination requirement, Buschmann wants to impose fines, the order should be controlled in a similar way to compliance with the 3G rule in local public transport.
The mainstream media meanwhile say that Scholz can no longer keep his “vaccination promise”. The fact that the federal government assured last year that there would be no compulsory vaccination appears in the editorial offices of Daily mirror, image, Focus and Co. no longer play a role in current reporting.
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