Andrew Ullman on group motion for mandatory vaccination

Professor Ullmann, details of two group applications for compulsory vaccination have been made known so far: one draft rejects compulsory vaccination, the other provides for a general obligation for all adults. You are at the head of a group of MEPs proposing a different path. What is your solution?

We have to recognize that the pandemic can be significantly slowed down by vaccination, but unfortunately the vaccination gap in Germany is very large. Our answer is to counter misinformation about vaccination and to educate people who have concerns and fears. We consider mandatory education for unvaccinated adults to be necessary. If that doesn’t work, you have to think about compulsory vaccination for the elderly.

How should information and vaccination obligations interlock?

Anyone who is of legal age and has not been vaccinated against Corona should be given an appointment for an informational discussion with a doctor in a vaccination center. This is how we protect clinics and practices from being overwhelmed. The appointment can only be canceled if a first vaccination can be proven in return. If the vaccination gap is still too big by summer, we have to work with a vaccination certificate. It must be clearly proportionate and appropriate. The aim is to prevent the healthcare system from being overburdened so that all sick people can be treated well. We know from studies that unvaccinated people over the age of 50 are more often in the intensive care unit. Therefore, if education does not help, a vaccination certificate for everyone over 50 years of age can be considered.

Almost three quarters of Germans are currently vaccinated twice, every second person is boosted. What quotas are needed to avert compulsory vaccination?

On this point, I would like to know what quotas the Federal Government’s panel of experts considers necessary. We should then implement this number in the legislative process.

The FDP has always said that there will be no vaccination obligation with it. Were you too hasty in your rejection?

We don’t have that in the election program. But yes, during the election campaign we said that compulsory vaccination is not necessary. I was always sure that you could convince people with good arguments, which is how I treat my patients as a doctor. But if the general public is at risk – and it is with the current vaccine gap – then we must take responsibility and act accordingly. The fact that people are urged to at least have an informational talk is absolutely proportionate to me.

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