(GermanPolicy.com) – Chancellor Angela Merkel has described the current pandemic situation as “highly dramatic”. The current measures against Covid-19 are not sufficient; one reaches the limits of the ability to act if the 2G rule should not be sharpened. Government spokesman Seibert has meanwhile emphasized that one cannot progress in efforts against the pandemic if one only educated and advertised.
Although the incumbent government will not enforce mandatory vaccination, a spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Justice said that from the point of view of constitutional law, it is possible to introduce mandatory vaccination, provided that there is a legal basis with regard to proportionality.
Many heads of Federal States agree
Numerous Prime Ministers of the German Federal States have meanwhile spoken out in favor of a general obligation to vaccinate, including Markus Söder from Bavaria and Winfried Kretschmann from Baden-Württemberg. They published a common position in the FAZ, according to which an obligation to vaccinate “does not constitute a violation of civil liberties,” since “serious harm” would be inflicted on other people if one does not weigh the options. “That is exactly the case with the question of vaccination refusal,” the two politicians said.
The Minister-Presidents Reiner Haseloff (CDU) from Thuringia, Volker Bouffier (CDU) from Hesse, Daniel Günther (CDU) from Schleswig-Holstein and Mayor Andreas Bovenschulte (SPD) from Bremen had already declared to be open to compulsory vaccination after Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU ) and Brandenburg’s head of government Dietmar Woidke (SPD) had made similar statements.
The Governing Mayor of Berlin Müller (SPD) recently also spoke out in favor of compulsory vaccination. It is true that weighing is difficult, he said. However, the high number of infected people makes it impossible to return to normal.