Unvaccinated out soon? Traffic light postpones concern

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Karl Lauterbach, Federal Minister of Health, at a press conference (archive image) © Chris Emil Janssen/Imago

In a few weeks, the facility-related vaccination requirement will come into force. But because of problems, demands for postponement and extension of the deadline are increasing.

Berlin – There is a lot of controversy about a possible vaccination requirement. So far, only the facility-related compulsory vaccination has been decided – but its design is still quite imprecise. Doubts about the feasibility have existed for weeks. The concern about increased staff shortages in critical areas remains.

Now the traffic light government says: People who have not been vaccinated can continue to work in their hospitals and care facilities after the official entry into force of the facility-related vaccination requirement on March 16th until a decision has been made by the authorities. A spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Health said Business Insider on Monday: “Until the health department has made the decision on a ban on entry or activity, the employees concerned may continue to be employed.”

Facility-related compulsory vaccination not consistently implemented? “circumstances of the individual case”

The responsible health authority decides on the corona vaccination obligation “on the further procedure and the measures to be taken within the scope of its discretion”. All “circumstances of the individual case” would be taken into account. Actually, from March 16, all employees in nursing and medical professions must either have recovered or be fully vaccinated. The only exception: Medical reasons speak against vaccination.

Facility-related compulsory vaccination: burden for health authorities in Germany

The deputy chairwoman of the Federal Association of Doctors in the Public Health Service (BVÖGD), Elke Bruns-Philipps, explained in the Rheinische Postthat the health authorities are currently assuming that on average five to ten percent of the employees have no clear proof of vaccination or recovery and that the health authorities will be notified.

According to the medical officer representative, this means “a considerable burden with the examination of each individual case”. The health authorities could “not cope in a timely manner,” she warned. The procedure up to a ban on employment can also drag on: If there is no proof, the health department will first set a deadline for the submission of vaccination documents, and then a hearing will be scheduled, Bruns-Philipps told the newspaper.

Compulsory vaccinations: essential questions for the health sector still unresolved

In view of the problems, the chairman of the board of the German Hospital Society (DKG), Gerald Gass, proposed extending the deadlines for facility-related compulsory vaccination. “We support facility-related vaccination,” he said Rheinische Post. However, “essential questions of further implementation are still unresolved and it may therefore be necessary to adjust deadlines in the process”.

If the health department issues a ban on entering the workplace for an unvaccinated employee, the person concerned will be released from work, of course without continued payment of wages, Gass said. “If the initial vaccination is already available for individuals, the further vaccinations can be made up for quickly,” he told the newspaper. “In these cases, we can imagine pragmatic solutions, such as an extension of the deadline, in order to keep the employees.”

Bavaria’s Health Minister Klaus Holetschek also called in conversation with the Munich Mercury the Federal Government is already calling on the deadline for the introduction of facility-related compulsory vaccination to “reconsider critically if necessary”.

Vaccination “mammoth work” to be lifted by mid-March? “Delay is urgently needed”

Warnings and demands also come from the patient protection foundation in this regard: “The compulsory vaccination for medical and nursing professions must not be introduced with a crowbar,” said the board member, Eugen Brysch, the German Press Agency. “Health authorities, regulatory authorities and employers do not see themselves in a position to implement the mammoth work by March 15 without serious upheaval,” says Brysch. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach * must know that the care of up to 200,000 people in need of care and the sick is in danger. “A delay is urgently needed.” (AFP / dpa / cibo) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.


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