Lauterbach against vaccination register

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Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) is clearly against a vaccination register. © Jens Büttner/dpa Pool/dpa

Is a vaccination register required for a possible vaccination requirement? Health Minister Lauterbach says: no. There are also data protection concerns.

Berlin – Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach advocates general vaccination without a vaccination register that has yet to be created.

“We can also monitor compulsory vaccination without a vaccination register,” said the SPD politician on Tuesday on Deutschlandfunk. He warns against relying on a register. “The establishment of a vaccination register takes a long time and is also not without controversy in terms of data protection law.” However, he did not want to go into the details of a vaccination status check without a register, so as not to anticipate applications in the Bundestag that were still to be formulated.

In order to justify a general obligation to vaccinate, he pointed out that the vaccination rate was, in his opinion, too low. The virus could also change again, remaining highly contagious like Omicron, but deadly like Delta. “No one can rule that out. Therefore, values ​​of 80 percent are clearly too low.”

Lauterbach defended that the more precise PCR tests for free testing for an early end of quarantine should now primarily be reserved for health and nursing staff. “We won’t have enough PCR tests because capacity is limited,” he said. For other groups, such as in schools, an antigen test is sufficient. This test works very well for free testing. “It doesn’t work that well at the beginning of an infection,” says Lauterbach, “but it works very well if you want to go back.” dpa

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