Dhe human geneticist Wolfram Henn from the German Ethics Council has called for a corona vaccination for employees in schools and daycare centers. “Anyone who joins a group of vulnerable people by choosing a profession has a special job-related responsibility,” Henn told the Rheinische Post newspaper on Monday. “We need a compulsory vaccination for the staff in daycare centers and schools.” Teachers should above all protect children under the age of twelve who could not get a vaccination.
Although children themselves have a low risk of getting seriously ill with Covid, one must continue to expect “that they will carry the virus into their families and infect people from risk groups,” said the human geneticist. As an example, according to the newspaper, he named cancer patients in families who could not be vaccinated because of acute therapies. This group now has to be protected by compulsory vaccination for certain professional groups. However, Henn refused a general vaccination requirement.
“Freedom must not be a privilege”
The Greens spoke out against tough encroachments on freedom for people without vaccinations. “Freedom must not be a privilege of those with good access to the health system,” said the Green health politician Kordula Schulz-Asche of the Rheinische Post. She called on the federal government to “finally start a multilingual and target group-specific information campaign”.
Contrary to all expectations a year ago, a large number of people in Germany are currently vaccinated. “But especially younger people without prioritization are still waiting for the second or even first vaccination,” emphasized the Green politician. Some people have not yet been reached by the vaccination campaign.
Previously, the chairman of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians in Rhineland-Palatinate, Peter Heinz, called for restrictions on freedom for unvaccinated people. Non-vaccinated people should be denied access to stadiums or swimming pools, Heinz told the “Rhein-Zeitung”.