More and more politicians are calling for mandatory vaccinations. According to lawyers, this is compatible with the Basic Law. What are the consequences of vaccination refusals?
The corona numbers in all of Germany are skyrocketing, but the number of first vaccinations is barely noticeably increasing. Several federal states have already taken tough measures – 3G * applies to workplaces, and in Baden-Württemberg, due to the alarm level *, 2G or 2G-Plus applies in many areas. Politicians continue to rely on vaccinations in the fight against Covid-19.
But many people are still unvaccinated. And it is above all the unvaccinated who need intensive medical treatment. More and more politicians are therefore calling for mandatory vaccinations for all *, as reported by echo24.de, including Baden-Württemberg’s Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) and Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU).
First of all, it is important to clarify the legal basis: Is a compulsory vaccination even compatible with the Basic Law? And if so, then only for individual professional groups or for all? According to lawyers, compulsory vaccinations can be implemented for everyone in Germany.
According to lawyers, compulsory vaccination in Germany is compatible with the Basic Law
The advocates of a general compulsory vaccination against the coronavirus are now also getting the backing of legal scholars. Renowned lawyers consider them compatible with the Basic Law, as reported by the German Press Agency. In Austria, compulsory vaccination is already planned, it should come in February.
In a guest article for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , Söder and Kretschmann called for mandatory vaccination * in Germany: “A mandatory vaccination is not a violation of civil liberties. Rather, it is the prerequisite for us to regain our freedom. “
In the ZDF-heute-journal , Kretschmann also made it clear that he considers this to be constitutional. A few decades ago there was already a compulsory vaccination in Germany – and currently it is also available in a weakened form for measles. People who are cared for in communal facilities or who work there must show proof of vaccination against measles. Those who fail to provide this evidence will not be admitted.
According to lawyers, compulsory vaccination in Germany is justifiable – the legal basis is there
According to the constitutional lawyer Ulrich Battis, a general obligation to vaccinate against the corona virus would be covered by the Basic Law. “Such a general compulsory vaccination is quite justifiable – to protect the lives of other people,” said the legal scholar from Berlin’s Humboldt University of the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung .
Battis referred to Article 2 of the Basic Law, which stipulates the protection of the life of other people. “The basic right to physical integrity, which is also stipulated in Article 2, has to be withdrawn.”
End of the pandemic: compulsory vaccination as a milder means to an end
The Saarbrücken pharmacy professor Thorsten Lehr told RTL directly that next spring there would be no way around a compulsory vaccination. You could “suddenly” change the situation. “The end of the pandemic is in our hands with the compulsory vaccination.”
The administrative lawyer Hinnerk Wißmann from the University of Münster told the world that compulsory vaccination was the milder means “if the alternative is to abolish the free state in endless lockdown loops”.
With the mandatory vaccination, the end of the pandemic is in our hands.
Vaccination compulsory in Germany: These are the consequences of vaccination refusals
The Bielefeld law professor Franz C. Mayer told the editorial network Germany: “The freedom of the individual ends where the freedom and health of others are in danger – that is the case here if the vaccination campaign does not succeed.” Mayer made it clear that it is about one Compulsory vaccination and no compulsory vaccination would work.
For those who refuse to be vaccinated, a fine or legal regulations for the loss of health insurance coverage are conceivable. Prime Minister Kretschmann also considers a fine to be possible. Nobody would end up in jail or be picked up by the police for vaccination. * echo24.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.
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