New highs are reported daily for new corona infections. An easing of the situation is not in sight. Hospitals fear about their capacities in the intensive care units. In view of this, a U-turn in the direction of compulsory vaccinations may be looming in politics. The majority of German prime ministers no longer rule out such a possibility, as the Spielge researched.
Numerous federal states have already tightened their corona rules. From this Wednesday, the 3-G rule will apply throughout Germany in buses and trains as well as in the workplace. The value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants remained just below the 400 mark. The number of free intensive care beds in the clinics fell by around 300 to just under 2,400.
A majority in Germany thinks a new lockdown over Christmas is likely. Hesse’s Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU) affirmed that the pandemic could not be brought under control without a general vaccination requirement.
It depends on care. Baden-Württemberg’s Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) said compulsory vaccination could also reduce the polarization of society: the state would then attract the conflict between those who support and oppose vaccination. Schleswig-Holstein’s Vice-Prime Minister Monika Heinold (Greens) called for mandatory vaccination at the turn of the year.
Trend towards mandatory vaccination
The Prime Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate, Malu Dreyer (SPD), promoted an open-ended discussion. Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) sees such an obligation as a last resort. The managing health minister Jens Spahn (CDU), however, said on Deutschlandfunk that the effect of a mandatory vaccination would come too late for the fourth wave. As one of the first FDP top politicians, NRW Family Minister Joachim Stamp was open to vaccination requirements on the ARD program “Hart aber fair”: A constitutional lawyer had convinced him.
Hamburg’s Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD) does not rule out a general compulsory vaccination – but according to his own statements, it is much more important for him to immediately introduce the facility-related compulsory vaccination, for example in clinics and care facilities. The FDP had recently signaled that certain professional groups would give in to a possible corona vaccination. The SPD deputy parliamentary group leader Dirk Wiese told the dpa: “It makes sense to initiate a facility-related vaccination requirement before Christmas.”