Germany mandatory vaccinations: Many question whether mandatory vaccination against the coronavirus is legal in Germany? and what does the compulsory nationwide introduction to vaccination mean? What penalties should those who do not vaccinate expect? what does German law say about this requirement? 4 facts about mandatory vaccinations in Germany.
Is it legal to make vaccination against Covid-19 compulsory in Germany?
Many people in Germany recognise the fact that compulsory vaccination violates their fundamental rights. For this drastic step to be justified and therefore permissible, the state must first exhaust all other possible measures to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
Until six months ago, the introduction of compulsory vaccination in Germany was not take into account but, come November this year, the government started debating the introduction of compulsory vaccinations.
The situation currently has changed as Germany’s vaccination campaign has slowed down. This means that the number of people vaccinated is lower that expected. On December 3, Angela Merkel confirmed the sensational decision that “vaccination obligations in Germany will be introduced by a law that will be passed by the Bundestag.”
According to Frank Bräutigam, legal editor of ARD, “universal compulsory vaccinations would be legally permissible” in Germany because there are fewer and fewer measures to fight the pandemic. “
The debate around making vaccination mandatory is heavy with politicians being constitutionally required to take stricter measures – these will be enforced for ALL, not just for those in specific occupations that are noted have ‘high-infection risk.’
When will compulsory vaccinations against Covid-19 become compulsory in Germany?
The bill to vaccinate has to be approved by the Bundestag but it might still not be as full proof as there are questions that remain unanswered; will there be a registry? and what happens to those who cannot be vaccinated due to health reasons? It is already known that it would only apply to adults and may enter into force as early as February 2022.
Can people be forced to vaccinate?
Compulsory vaccination is not legally possible but there could be other repercussion for not being vaccinated. In some workplaces, you can get fired for not showing proof of vaccination.
Do compulsory vaccinations change state responsibility in the occurrence of vaccine complications?
Should the authorities recommend vaccination and one goes through a ‘vaccine complication’, the state must cover the cost of treatment and possibly pensions by law. People not only vaccinate to protect themselves, but also to protect others, hence the need to also be protected from complications.
‘Vaccine complication’ means that the consequences of a vaccine must go beyond the normal range of vaccine reactions. Normal vaccine symptoms such as rash, fever and headache are not included here.