As the spread of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) continues in Germany, a plan to make vaccination compulsory is emerging.
According to Reuters on the 24th, Social Democratic Party (SPD) candidate Olaf Scholz, who is expected to become Germany’s new chancellor next month, said on the 24th that “vaccination should be mandatory in facilities that care for the vulnerable.”
Catherine Göring-Ekart, leader of the Green Party, which will form a new coalition government with the Social Democrats and the Liberal Democrats (FDP) in Germany, also pointed out that repeated lockdowns and restrictions on social contact are a bigger burden than requiring vaccinations.
The FDP has so far been opposed to mandatory vaccination.
The German Ministry of Health has also prepared a proposal to make vaccination compulsory for workers in nursing homes and clinics from January 1 next year, Spiegel said.
AFP news agency, citing a government spokesman, said Germany will soon make it compulsory for its soldiers to be vaccinated against the virus.
In Germany, the recent surge in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has prompted authorities to respond urgently, including tightening restrictions.
Some states, such as Saxony and Bavaria, have already entered partial lockdowns, including closing bars and clubs and canceling Christmas markets.
However, as the spread continues, there are voices calling for additional measures.
Chancellor Angela Merkel met with the leaders of the next coalition to discuss the spread of the coronavirus on the same day and demanded a two-week lockdown, but was rejected, the local daily Bild reported.
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the German Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of today, the number of new COVID-19 cases in Germany reached 66,884 per day, a new record.
There were also 335 new deaths.
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