Lauterbach does not want to introduce a vaccination register: concerns about data protection

IIn the discussion about the introduction of a general corona vaccination obligation, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) spoke out against the introduction of a vaccination register. “We can monitor compulsory vaccination even without a vaccination register,” said the SPD politician on Tuesday morning on Deutschlandfunk. “I warn against using a vaccination register. The establishment of a vaccination register takes a long time and is also not uncontroversial in terms of data protection.” Lauterbach also announces that it will provide PCR tests for people from critical infrastructures, especially for those who work in care. The PCR test capacity is limited. “We need to start prioritizing the PCR tests.”

Medical laboratories that evaluate PCR tests are already reporting overload. “In northern Germany, the test labs are already at the limit. We now have positive rates of 30 to 40 percent here, I’ve never experienced anything like this,” said the chairman of the Association of German Laboratory Doctors, Andreas Bobrowski, of the German Press Agency. More than 90 percent of the detected corona infections can now be traced back to the omicron variant, said the Lübeck doctor. “We can see that things are now also picking up in central and southern German laboratories.”

“We will reach our limits everywhere”

In many places, the capacity limits of the laboratories have already been exceeded, which means that the target time of 24 hours from the swab to the test result can often no longer be met. Bobrowski is certain: “We will reach our limits everywhere.” When it comes to the waiting time, he “clearly sees 36 to 48 hours ahead of us”. The infection and thus test numbers are likely to continue to rise for the time being. In Germany, the seven-day incidence rose again to a record value on Tuesday. It was 553.2 after 528.2 the day before, as reported by the Robert Koch Institute. A total of 74,405 new infections and 193 deaths related to the virus were registered.

Nationwide, tens of thousands protested against the state corona measures and a possible vaccination requirement on Monday evening. According to the police, in many places people also took to the streets to show solidarity in the pandemic and to commemorate the corona dead. In Saxony, the right-wing extremist micro-party “Freie Sachsen” had called for protests against the corona measures in more than 150 municipalities. According to the police, around 1,200 people gathered in Bautzen, around 1,000 in Chemnitz and Radebeul and around 800 in Freiberg. People with around 100 vehicles took part in a motorcade from Dresden to Meissen.

Meanwhile, I gathered around 350 people on the Alter Markt in Magdeburg under the motto “Solidarity through the pandemic” to demonstrate for compliance with the measures. On the other side, up to 600 corona deniers, opponents of vaccination and right-wing extremists came together for an unregistered demonstration, which was significantly fewer than in previous weeks. According to the police, a march was prevented by barricades. Pepper spray was used, and a man is being investigated for throwing a bottle at emergency services.

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