Ampel wants daily tests for unvaccinated people on the job

New records for the number of infections every day – and no end in sight? The possible traffic light partners rely on more corona tests, among other things. They want to leave other measures to the countries.

Berlin – In view of the rapidly increasing corona numbers, the SPD, Greens and FDP are relying on the 3G rule in the workplace, mandatory tests for nurses and surcharges for clinics.

Corona rapid tests for everyone should be free again, as the health policy spokeswoman for the parliamentary groups of the SPD, Greens and FDP also confirmed on Tuesday in Berlin. On the other hand, there should not be a compulsory vaccination for employees in care. Particularly “vulnerable groups” should nevertheless be given special protection.

The three factions of the traffic light reject a renewed federal-state meeting. The nationwide seven-day incidence rose to 213.7. For the second day in a row, there was a record number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week.

Employees present at the workplace who have neither a corona vaccination nor a convalescent status should, according to the will of the three partners, have to be tested daily for corona in the future. Essential details of this planned 3G rule in the workplace are still open. This also applies to the question of whether employees who refuse to take a test should be released or fear other consequences.

The three parliamentary groups had asked the Federal Ministry of Labor to examine “how we can effectively structure compliance with this regulation,” said Maria Klein-Schmeink from the Greens. The SPD politician Sabine Dittmar said she was assuming that the ministry’s expected formulation assistance will include daily testing. As previously regulated in the Corona Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance, the right to two free tests by the employer should remain. It is unclear whether 3G should be regulated in the workplace by ordinance or law.

Unlike for employees in general, for those in the care of the elderly and facilities for people with disabilities, an obligation to test twice a week is being considered, even if they are vaccinated, said Dittmar. According to Dittmar, this can be done using PCR pool tests, in which the swab samples are collected and jointly evaluated. There should not be even a temporary compulsory vaccination for nurses, as demanded by the Diakonie, among other things. The FDP politician Christine Aschenberg-Dugnus said: “Personally, I do not consider a compulsory vaccination necessary.” Dittmar pointed out that a parliamentary majority would be needed for such a measure. Klein-Schmeink said vaccination should be part of “the ethical framework” when dealing with vulnerable groups.

Once again, the three partners defended that they wanted to let the epidemic situation of national scope as a nationwide legal basis for corona measures expire. In view of the vaccination quota in Germany, this is no longer legally secure. The three parliamentary groups want to introduce a bill with follow-up rules into the parliamentary procedure this Thursday. General closings of schools and other facilities should then no longer be possible.

No federal-state meeting

The three health politicians rejected demands from the federal states for a federal-state meeting. Dittmer said: “The federal states can act now.” Aschenberg-Dugnus said that the federal states should also be able to take measures such as mask requirements, distance rules or 2G / 3G in the future. “In this respect, I now do not see the need to act uniformly, because other measures are necessary in Bavaria than are the case in Schleswig-Holstein,” said the FDP politician.

The order of the day is “vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate,” said Aschenberg-Dugnus. Target group-specific addressing is necessary. Especially with the booster vaccinations, more speed should be made. “It can’t stay that way,” said Klein-Schmeink. She also expects that 2G and 3G rules will encourage one or the other of those who have not been vaccinated to be vaccinated, i.e. access rules only for those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered or who have also been tested. Dittmer spoke out against the fact that doctors would invite their older patients to take part in a so-called booster vaccination. This is too bureaucratic, said Aschenberg-Dugnus.

The three politicians rejected allegations of acting too late and emphasized the responsibility of the executive government. “Perhaps you should ask Mr. Spahn why he did not tackle things at short notice,” said Klein-Schmeink, referring to Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU). dpa

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