Corona pandemic: compulsory vaccination takes time


Status: 10.01.2022 5:03 p.m.

Chancellor Scholz had announced that a general corona vaccination should apply from the beginning of March – but nothing will come of it. Not bad. Compulsory vaccination with a crowbar would be negligent.

A comment by Sabine Henkel, ARD capital studio

It takes time. It’s taking longer than expected. The Chancellor had requested that a general vaccination should apply from the beginning of March. But that will probably not work. And that doesn’t matter at all.

Sabine Henkel
ARD capital studio

After all, it would be more than negligent to introduce compulsory vaccination with a hot needle. Nobody can want that. Not even the CDU and CSU, who are now calling for speed and accusing the federal government of delaying the whole thing.

Yes, Olaf Scholz has named a date that he cannot keep. That wasn’t very clever, but in the end it doesn’t matter. Because there is no need to rush. Omikron will not be stopped by a compulsory vaccination, even if all unvaccinated people would still receive the first dose today. That’s just not enough, say virologists, epidemiologists and others who deal professionally with the virus: the triple vaccination has to be done. And it has to work next fall.

How should it be checked who is vaccinated?

So why the call to hurry? Because the compulsory vaccination is politically exploited. It is to cry for. Instead of looking across party lines in this pandemic, it is also used here for party politics.

The Chancellor has approved the vote – it is not the government who is writing the bill, MPs are supposed to take over. Yes, it looks like he wants to avoid not getting a traffic light majority. Nevertheless, there is nothing wrong with it. On the contrary: MPs have the opportunity to elaborate a proposal on this important social issue across parliamentary groups and ultimately to decide solely on the basis of their personal convictions.

“No to mandatory vaccination”, “Yes to mandatory vaccination” or “Yes to mandatory vaccination only for older people and those with previous illnesses”. Several applications for a fundamental yes would also be possible, but with different control mechanisms. This is a crucial point anyway: How should it be checked who is vaccinated and who is not – and how should the unwillingly unvaccinated be made to do so? Coercion, i.e. the use of force, is ultimately ruled out.

MPs have it in their hands

All of this has to be legally checked and certain before the MEPs vote. This is also clear to the CDU and CSU parliamentary group, which is still in the finding phase and is considering its own application. The MPs do that, by the way, although CSU boss Söder denies them the competence.

What did he say: individual MEPs are unable to grasp the dimensions of the problem in detail. It’s as arrogant as it is populist. MEPs – apart from the fact that many are lawyers – seek advice from ministries and ethics councils – just as they have done with euthanasia, organ donation or stem cell research.

Approved voting on group motions is therefore nothing new and is usually complex. This also applies to compulsory vaccinations – the MPs have it in their hands. They submit their applications if they consider them to be legally secure. And that just takes time.

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