Initially scheduled for next week, the first debate in the Bundestag on this delicate subject will finally only take place at the end of January, with the parliamentary bill still pending.
Worse: the parliamentary group of Social Democrats (SPD), the largest, does not expect the legislative process to be completed before the end of March.
This is a first setback for the new SPD chancellor Olaf Scholz who, even before his enthronement in November, had ensured that the process would go
start this year again, i.e. in 2021.
At the end of a summit meeting on Friday between the government and the regions to better combat the coronavirus and in particular the variant Omicron, Mr. Scholz however assured that all the German Länder had spoken in favor of the measure.
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He referred this decision to MPs who he said will take
smart and correct decisions.
A controversial vaccination registry
In addition to its compulsory nature, it is also the establishment of a vaccination register, centralized by the administration, which poses a problem in a country still traumatized by mass surveillance under Nazism, then in East Germany. .
The subject also divides the new coalition formed between SPD, environmentalists and liberals of the FDP, because the latter are reserved in the face of compulsory vaccination. They want to be the guarantors of
individual freedom of conscience.
” The protection of health is a precious good, but the most precious good of our Constitution is and remains freedom. “
According to him, the evolution of the pandemic in recent weeks, globally under control in Germany where daily contaminations are around 55,000 cases, shows that it is necessary
act in moderation.
The FDP prefers to wait and see how the epidemic and the Omicron variant, less dangerous than Delta, but more contagious, will evolve, according to a study by the British health agency. This variant should soon become the majority in Germany.
” If in February / March there are strong indications that compulsory vaccination leads to a marked increase in freedom of movement for all of us, then everything is in favor of this solution. “
If, on the other hand, the vaccination should only help for two or three months in a predictable way, but otherwise everything remains basically as before, then this argues rather against a compulsory vaccination., he added.
Liberal parliamentarians have also announced that they are preparing a counter-proposal that would rule out the vaccination requirement. However, the latter will be made compulsory in March for medical staff.
71.6% of Germany fully vaccinated
The demonstrations, sometimes with outbursts, bringing together several hundred opponents to it, but also to the restrictions already in place, are increasingly numerous in Germany, where only 71.6% of the population is fully vaccinated.
Weapons were even seized at the end of December during a police raid in Saxony after death threats made by the anti-vaccine movement against a national leader.
Other European countries have introduced, or intend to introduce, a vaccination obligation in a more peaceful context.
Austria is to be the first country in the European Union to do so by early February, as originally planned, Chancellor Karl Nehammer’s government said on Thursday.
In comments on the legal text sent on Friday, ELGA GmbH, the Austrian body responsible for electronic medical records, writes, however, that
the technical implementation of compulsory vaccination will not be possible
from April 2022 at the earliest.
For its part, Italy has decided to introduce compulsory vaccination for all people over the age of 50 from February 15. Greece made it compulsory at the start of the year for all people over 60.