All political decisions to combat the corona pandemic have been discussed controversially – with one exception: From the beginning there was agreement that there should be no compulsory vaccination.
Everyone responsible was and is too concerned that forced physical interference would destroy the broad social consensus to accept comprehensive restrictions on freedoms to protect endangered citizens.
So far, there has also been agreement that compulsory vaccination through the back door – for example by giving preference to vaccinated people – also calls into question the basic social consensus in the fight against corona. As long as a vaccination offer cannot be made to every citizen, there cannot be any privileges. It may sound absurd to also quarantine vaccinated people after returning from risk areas. But it is even medically necessary, as no one knows how contagious people who have been vaccinated can still be.
Compulsory vaccination through the back door
In any case, all political decision-makers assumed that compulsory vaccination was superfluous because the vast majority of the population literally longs for a corona vaccination. That seems to be proving to be a misjudgment.
Mobile vaccination teams report that sometimes only 20 percent of nursing staff in old people’s homes want to be vaccinated. So it makes sense to think about compulsory vaccination for this professional group and other health professions. After all, there is also a role model for this: The measles vaccination obligation introduced at the beginning of 2020 applies to the protection of children for health care workers as well as for educators and teachers. And yet compulsory vaccination is the wrong means, at least at this point in time.
It is perplexing that of all people whose job is caring for the needy, do not want to be vaccinated. Nevertheless, the nursing staff can also be allowed to fear a new type of vaccination. The apparently existing feeling of playing the role of a test rabbit as a prioritized vaccination group must also be taken seriously. All concerns can be countered with convincing arguments – but where is the federal government’s comprehensive information and education campaign?
If the information does not help, a comparatively mild means is available after weighing up the encroachments on fundamental rights, namely compulsory testing for nurses who do not want to be vaccinated. It does not help anyone if the nursing emergency is exacerbated by the fact that carers are forced out of their jobs by compulsory vaccination.
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