No higher number of terminations due to compulsory vaccination

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A nurse disinfects his visor in the intensive care unit for corona patients at the Sana Klinikum Offenbach after leaving the Covid intensive care unit. © Sebastian Gollnow/dpa

By March 15, employees in medical practices and clinics must present proof of vaccination or recovery. A personnel bloodletting is feared. Apparently there are no signs of this yet.

According to the German Hospital Society (DKG), the facility-related vaccination requirement that came into effect in mid-March has so far not led to any increase in the number of terminations in clinics.

“Currently, we have not received any reports from the hospitals about possible layoffs due to the mandatory vaccination that will apply from March 15,” said DKG CEO Gerald Gass of the “Rheinische Post” (Tuesday). The vaccination rate in hospitals nationwide is very high at more than 90 percent. “But there are regional differences, and we cannot rule out the possibility that problems may arise at individual locations.” The hospital operators therefore do everything they can to carry out educational and informational work in order to convince as many employees as possible to be vaccinated, said Gass.

To protect the patients

The so-called facility-related vaccination requirement stipulates that employees in facilities such as medical practices, clinics and nursing homes must prove by March 15 that they have been vaccinated or have recovered. This is intended to better protect patients and those in need of care from corona infection.

However, the German Nursing Council assumes that this obligation to vaccinate will still lead to layoffs. This affects less the nursing staff, but supporting activities such as care assistants or kitchen and cleaning staff, said Nursing Council President Christine Volger to the newspapers of the Funke media group (Tuesday). In these professional groups there is “a somewhat low vaccination rate”. Some of these workers considered “changing jobs when vaccination becomes mandatory at their workplace”.

Meanwhile, the introduction of a general obligation to vaccinate is still being controversially debated. The health policy spokesman for the Union parliamentary group, Tino Sorge, complained in the “Rheinische Post” that a list of questions submitted to the Federal Chancellery before Christmas had still not been answered. “The fact that the government is withholding this information is bad form,” said the CDU politician.

Among other things, the catalog of questions asks about the possibilities of monitoring and enforcing compulsory vaccination, setting up a vaccination register and the dangers for critical infrastructure in the areas of health, food, electricity and water supply. Bavaria’s Health Minister Klaus Holetschek (CSU) warned in the newspaper that Scholz should be given more leadership. dpa

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