Vaccinate: Lauterbach and Söder plead for a tough cut – “The moment has come”

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More and more prime ministers are in favor of introducing compulsory vaccinations. They also get support from legal experts and psychologists. The news ticker.

  • The debate in the corona crisis about the introduction of a general vaccination requirement in Germany is rocking ever higher.
  • A well-known constitutional lawyer sees this as undoubtedly covered by the Basic Law.
  • Several prime ministers are already signaling their approval.
  • This news ticker is updated regularly.

Berlin – How to deal with those who still refuse a corona vaccination for non-medical reasons? The more dramatically the number of infections in Germany skyrockets, the more often the term mandatory vaccination is used. For some a bogeyman, for others the ultima ratio to master the crisis. At the forefront are SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach and Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU). And other prime ministers had recently campaigned for the introduction.

The acting Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn, on the other hand, does not consider the debate * to be productive. “It does not solve our acute current problem,” said the CDU politician on Tuesday morning on Deutschlandfunk. “We’re not breaking this wave with a mandatory vaccination. It would come much too late, the effect. We now have to reduce contacts and act as a unified state. That’s why I don’t know whether all the strength we have in this debate is properly concentrated at this point in time. ”

In general, Spahn * was also skeptical about the introduction of a general vaccination requirement. This is not only a question of law, but also a question of the relationship between the state and the citizen. From his point of view, there is a moral, social obligation to get vaccinated. In addition, there are unanswered questions about the implementation of such a measure *.

Is vaccination compulsory in Germany? Constitutional lawyer sees the introduction of the Basic Law covered

Ulrich Battis, constitutional lawyer at Berlin’s Humboldt University, sees a general vaccination requirement unequivocally covered by the Basic Law. “Such a general compulsory vaccination is quite justifiable – to protect the lives of other people,” he said New Osnabrück newspaper. He referred to article two of the Basic Law. “Vaccinating citizens preventively against Corona * is covered by Article 2 of the Basic Law, which defines the protection of the lives of other people,” said Battis. “The basic right to physical integrity, which is also stipulated in Article 2, has to be withdrawn.”

Jens Spahn (CDU, l), Federal Minister of Health, says goodbye to Karl Lauterbach (SPD), health expert, with an elbow kick, after the press conference on the current corona situation and the further procedure for vaccinations.

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The vaccination itself must now come as quickly as possible. “The compulsory vaccination can no longer do anything against the fourth wave, it is too late for that. But it can help against a future fifth wave, ”continued Battis. The neighboring country Austria could serve as a model, that has made vaccination compulsory from February 1, 2022 *. In addition, it is now less about the legal issue than about implementation. The state must ensure that those who refuse to be vaccinated – for non-medical reasons – are placed in strict quarantine.

Corona vaccination requirement: More and more prime ministers for it – including Karl Lauterbach clearly

The opinion of SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach is also clear. “I see it like Frank-Walter Steinmeier. What else has to happen so that people are comfortable to endure a safe vaccination, at least for the purpose of protecting others “, he says in the ntv talk” #beisenherz “. “From my point of view, the time has come to require a vaccination,” said Lauterbach.

The heads of government of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria, Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) and Markus Söder (CSU) wrote a joint guest contribution for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Tuesday: “Compulsory vaccination is not a violation of civil liberties. Rather, it is the prerequisite for regaining our freedom. ”In the ZDF“ heute journal ”, Kretschmann made it clear that he considers this to be constitutional. A few decades ago there was already a compulsory vaccination in Germany – and currently in a weakened form for measles.

The CDU heads of government Volker Bouffier from Hesse, Daniel Günther from Schleswig-Holstein and Reiner Haseloff from Saxony-Anhalt also agreed. “A vaccination requirement must be regulated by federal law. If the future federal government presents a corresponding amendment, then I will support it, ”said Haseloff, for example, at the request of the dpa on Monday in Magdeburg. Previously, the CSU leadership had already backed the demand for a general vaccination requirement. There was great approval for this, said party leader Markus Söder after a video switch from the CSU board in Munich. This was later confirmed by General Secretary Markus Blume in the ARD talk “Hard but fair” *.

Social psychology: slack pressure on the unvaccinated has the opposite effect – introduction could help

According to a social psychologist, compulsory vaccination could even change the attitude of those who oppose vaccination rather than just continuing to build up pressure to vaccinate. “A substantial part of the population has built in the self-image not to be vaccinated,” said the Marburg social psychologist Ulrich Wagner of the dpa. In their “bubble” this opinion would be constantly reinforced and reinforced. “If political pressure is exerted, there is a risk that this bubble will grow closer together.”

“Increasing the pressure in such a lukewarm way leads to an encapsulation. A clear announcement could mean that anti-vaccination opponents who were actually walled in could still be vaccinated in the end and then subsequently change their convictions, “believes Wagner. Changing his mind and defending that against the group is very difficult. Compulsory vaccination would bring “a new argument into play, both for one’s own convictions and for the group,” he says. “The external compulsion would be an excuse.” (aka with material from dpa) * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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