Partial vaccination: Nursing Council warns of staff shortages

Status: 01/28/2022 1:27 p.m

From mid-March, the staff in clinics and homes must be fully vaccinated – the German Nursing Council warns of care problems. Criticism also comes from the federal states: there is a lack of guidelines for implementation.

The German Nursing Council sees personnel problems in the industry due to the facility-related corona vaccination requirement for clinics and homes. “There are so few staff that we cannot afford that even one person resigns,” said the president of the umbrella organization of various nursing professional associations, Christine Vogler, the “Spiegel”. “If unvaccinated nurses are banned from working, the supply situation becomes more and more precarious.”

The federal government’s care representative, Claudia Moll, also warned of problems. “The nurses could get the feeling that they are the scapegoats of the nation,” she also tells the “Spiegel”.

Lauterbach wants uniform rules

Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach made it clear that suspending the industry-related vaccination requirement was not an option – here he was speaking “with the express consent of Chancellor Scholz,” said the SPD politician.

He is currently still in talks with the federal states to clarify open questions. It is also about how “staff failures” could be avoided. His goal is that uniform regulations for the implementation of the vaccination requirement and possible sanctions for violations would be achieved with the countries.

Ver.di: “Great uncertainties”

The trade union ver.di expects an increased demand from its members for legal advice. The new law triggers “great uncertainties,” said board member Sylvia Bühler to “Spiegel”.

“No one should be fired who isn’t vaccinated.” Maybe people changed their minds later. The companies would soon be faced with a dilemma: “It is difficult to imagine that the employees who do not get vaccinated and are released will continue to receive their full wages,” says Bühler.

Criticism from the countries of implementation

The criticism comes from the federal states that there are still no clear guidelines for the specific implementation of compulsory vaccination. If necessary, Bavaria “must consider for itself how we define our own enforcement rules so that the supply is not endangered,” said State Health Minister Klaus Holetschek of the “Passauer Neue Presse”. “There has to be a weighing process. Because on the one hand there is the obligation to vaccinate, but on the other hand it is of course also about the security of supply,” explained the CSU politician. “We need to know which transition and implementation times apply when issuing bans on activities.”

“If the federal government is already introducing a law, then it must also state how it envisages things in concrete terms,” ​​demanded Holetschek. “Here we need details very quickly.”

The Saxon Ministry of Social Affairs explained that “the current votes for a decree that gives the health authorities guidelines for the implementation of compulsory vaccination” are currently underway.

The basis is consultations between the federal and state governments, “in order to achieve nationwide implementation that is as uniform as possible”. However, these have not yet been completed. The aim is for the decree to be available in the second week of February.

The Saarland Ministry of Health stated that it wanted to “enter into a dialogue with the facilities and affected employees” and convince those who were undecided to get vaccinated. “I ask all affected institutions to actively approach their employees in the next six weeks, to explain the vaccination and its effects, to eliminate possible concerns and to make specific vaccination offers,” explained Minister Monika Bachmann.

Partial vaccination applies from mid-March

The law on facility-related vaccination requirements stipulates that from March 15, employees of facilities such as clinics, medical practices and old people’s and nursing homes must provide proof of full vaccination against the corona virus.

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