Corona vaccination obligation: health authorities overwhelmed with controls


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The health authorities do not see themselves in a position to adequately control the compulsory corona vaccination for employees of clinics and nursing homes, which will come into force on March 15th. (Iconic image) © Marijan Murat/dpa

From March 15, employees in clinics and nursing homes must be vaccinated against Corona. In view of the controls, however, health authorities feel overwhelmed.

Berlin – The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has been reporting maximum values ​​for the nationwide seven-day incidence almost every day for weeks. At the Tuesday (02/01/2022) was the number of new corona infections in Germany* at 162,613. In the fight against the pandemic, the Bundestag and Bundesrat passed another law in December.

This stipulates that employees in facilities with vulnerable people such as nursing homes and clinics must prove by March 15 that they are against Corona* Have been vaccinated or have recovered from infection. Otherwise, they must submit a certificate stating that they cannot be vaccinated. Employers must inform the health authorities if this does not happen. They then have to carefully examine each individual case.

Corona vaccination obligation in nursing professions: Health authorities must examine each individual case

However, the health authorities do not see themselves in a position to adequately control the compulsory corona vaccination for employees of clinics and nursing homes, which will come into force on March 15th. It is expected that on average five to ten percent of the employees will have no clear proof or no complete vaccination protection and a report will be sent to the health department, said Elke Bruns-Philipps from the Federal Association of Doctors in the Public Health Service, compared to the Düsseldorf Rheinische Post on Tuesday (February 1st, 2022): “This is a considerable burden with the examination of each individual case, as is now planned, which the health authorities cannot cope with in a timely manner.”

In principle, a procedure with a new deadline for the health department to submit vaccination documents and a hearing is planned, explains Bruns-Philipps. This means that each individual case needs to be examined. The employees are allowed to continue working for the time being. The health department decides “on how to proceed and the measures to be taken at its discretion,” a spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Health told Business Insider.

Corona vaccination requirement under criticism: postponement and extension of the deadline demanded

The CEO of the German Hospital Society, Gerald Gass, suggested extending the deadline. “We support facility-related compulsory vaccination. However, essential questions about further implementation are still unresolved, and it may therefore be necessary to adjust deadlines in the process,” he told the Rheinische Post.

The Patient Protection Foundation is also calling for the compulsory corona vaccination for employees of clinics and nursing homes to be postponed. “The vaccination requirement for medical and nursing professions must not be introduced with a crowbar,” said Eugen Brysch, the board member of the Patient Protection Foundation, the German Press Agency.

The rising Corona numbers do the work in the health authorities* in Germany to the debit. (Helena Gries with dpa) *fr.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.


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