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Corona easing for vaccinated and convalescent people: Draft is available - Merkel Minister rushes ahead


Is everything going very quickly now? The debate about rights for those who have already been vaccinated continues to pick up speed after Merkel's vaccination summit. The news ticker.

Is everything going very quickly now?

The debate about rights for those who have already been vaccinated continues to pick up speed after Merkel's vaccination summit.

The news ticker.

  • The vaccination summit with Chancellor Angela Merkel ended on Monday with almost no concrete results.

    Wolfang Kubicki (FDP) then went to court with the federal and state governments

    (see update from April 28, 12.17 p.m.)


  • Meanwhile, several federal states are rushing forward to relax the vaccinated and some

    recovered (updates from April 27th, 2:00 p.m., 5:38 p.m. and 8:47 p.m.)

  • Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht wants to free people who have been vaccinated from exit and contact



    update from April 29, 6:33 p.m.


  • This ticker is updated regularly.

Update from April 29, 6:33 p.m

.: The easing for people vaccinated against the coronavirus is getting closer and closer. Federal Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) is planning significantly greater exemptions from corona protective measures than previously known for those who have been completely vaccinated and those who have recovered. Lambrecht referred in the newspapers of the Funke media group to the draft of their department for a corresponding regulation, which is now available (

see update from April 28, 11.15 a.m.

). "My draft stipulates that fully vaccinated and convalescents are exempted from exit and contact restrictions," said the minister.

Lambrecht also spoke of an "important step towards normality".

As already announced, the obligation to test for those who have been completely vaccinated and those who have recovered from a corona infection should also be suspended.

“With it you can go shopping or visit a hairdresser without a test,” said the minister.

She spoke of an "important step towards normalcy".


Christine Lambrecht has been Federal Minister of Justice since 2019.

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"The Basic Law only allows restrictions on our fundamental rights if there is a special justification for this," emphasized Lambrecht. Protecting life and health in the pandemic is such a justification. "But if it is now proven that those who have been completely vaccinated and recovered do not pose any particular danger, then we must remove the restrictions on their fundamental rights," the minister clarified. It is "not about special rights or privileges, but about a central requirement of our constitutional state".

Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) had previously announced that the Federal Council should decide on the planned new ordinance on May 28.

The 40-year-old had left the extent of the relief open on Thursday morning.

The federal cabinet still has to deal with Lambrecht's bill.

A date for this has not yet been set, but is expected in mid-May

Corona in Germany: Kubicki is raging - "Federal government tramples the constitution"

Update from April 28, 12:17 p.m .:

"This federal government is


our constitution," complains FDP chairman Wolfgang Kubicki.


to the preliminary report, he told


editorial network in Germany

on Wednesday: "The federal government is obviously doing everything it can to maintain the basic rights restrictions of the vaccinated, recovered and tested for as long as possible."

Kubicki is angry that the vaccination summit on Monday did not reveal any concrete results.

When and how vaccinated people can expect relaxation is still unclear.

The 69-year-old says that Bundesdruckerei can easily and quickly produce forgery-proof vaccination certificates, and that this has already worked with coupons for FFP2 masks.

After the corona vaccination summit in Germany: Discussion about dealing with vaccinated people

Update from April 28, 11.15 a.m.:

Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht has once again given the prospect of easing the corona restrictions for vaccinated people.

"I will immediately, as soon as possible, present an ordinance that precisely provides that fundamental rights are no longer restricted when there is no longer any danger," said the SPD politician on Wednesday in the ARD "Morgenmagazin".

In the Infection Protection Act, it was agreed to include the Bundestag and Bundesrat.

These talks must and will be conducted, emphasized Lambrecht, "but it has to go as quickly as possible".

It is important to show that the rule of law applies not only in normal times, but “especially in times of pandemics”.

Following an announcement by Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU), the federal government wants to make a corresponding proposal next week so that an ordinance could be adopted by the Federal Council on May 28.

Federal states such as Bavaria, Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse have already adjusted their regulations for vaccinated people.

Update from April 27, 8:47 p.m.:

Berliners do not have to show a negative corona test before


shopping or


the hairdresser if they have already been infected with the virus and have recovered.

The Senate decided in its session on Tuesday.

Since mid-April it has been the case there that people with full vaccination protection had the same rights as those currently tested negative.

Meanwhile, Thuringia now also wants to formally equate those who have been vaccinated and recovered with those who have tested negative.

So far, you have needed a negative test in the state, for example, to be able to go to the hairdresser or the zoo.

In the future, this should also be possible for vaccinated and convalescent people without a test.

After the vaccination summit: Bavaria and Hesse equate those who have been vaccinated with those who have tested negative

Update from April 27, 5:38 p.m.:

To Bavaria also treats

Hesse legally vaccinated against corona has a little more freedom and initially equates them with people who have tested negative. That said Prime Minister Volker Bouffier on Tuesday in the state parliament. Last week, the state adjusted its ordinances according to the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute *. According to the RKI, compulsory testing for fully vaccinated people is no longer scientifically tenable. This is because the risk of transmission from people who have been fully vaccinated or who have recovered from coronavirus disease is lower than if a negative rapid antigen test is present in asymptomatic infected people.

The regulation is now to apply to all areas in which tests were previously required.

The rule therefore takes effect 14 days after the complete vaccination.

"Then there is no longer a need for a test." This applies, for example, to visiting the hairdresser, shopping and quarantine rules.

Just “vague hopes”?

Family doctors shoot hard at Merkel's summit - and want to “finally” vaccinate younger people

Update from April 27, 3:05 p.m.:

After the general practitioners, the patient advocates reacted angrily to the results of the vaccination summit - specifically to the plans to lift the vaccination prioritization. "Talking about it today is nothing more than throwing sand in people's eyes," said the board of the German Foundation for Patient Protection, Eugen Brysch, on Tuesday of the dpa. In essence, there is still a lack of sufficient vaccine. With the prospect of an end to vaccination prioritization in June, politicians want to divert attention from their own failures.

The subject is being fueled by the Prime Minister with fatal consequences, he said with a view to the federal-state meeting on Monday.

The general practitioners and vaccination centers would be "bombarded" with many inquiries from those willing to vaccinate.

There are more and more people who insist on their supposed rights and insist on an immediate vaccination.

In view of the inadequate vaccines, it creates frustration among those who are vaccinated as well as those who want to get vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Brysch warned of a massive increase in pressure due to a hastily abandoned prioritization of general practitioners and negative consequences for particularly vulnerable people.

“A greyhound race means that in the end the strongest always wins,” he clarified.

Vaccination relaxations: Merkel's cabinet should start next week - Bavaria is already starting

Update from April 27th, 2.30 p.m.:

Bavaria has pushed ahead with easing for vaccinated people (see previous update) - nationwide it will take a little longer.

In the coming week, the Federal Cabinet is to introduce rules on possible simplifications for people who have been vaccinated against corona.

The Ministry of Justice and the Interior want to submit a regulation that the Bundestag and Bundesrat must approve, as government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in Berlin on Tuesday.

The basis for this is also the discussion between Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the countries on the previous day.

It is then planned that the Federal Council will probably deal with this in its next session on May 28th.

Seibert pointed out that in view of the initially small number of fully vaccinated and very many not yet vaccinated, it was a sensitive and not an easy topic.

The government does not have certain minimum quotas for vaccinated people in the population, as the responsible Ministry of Justice made clear.

This is not the decisive criterion, said a spokesman.

Freedom rights are rights of every individual.

Therefore, it is also a question of which restrictions can still be justified for each individual.

Corona easing for vaccinated people: Söder rushes forward - rule in Bavaria in force from Wednesday

Update from April 27th, 2 p.m .:

The vaccination summit on Monday had postponed resolutions to return basic rights to vaccinated people - probably until the end of May (see first report).

Less than 24 hours later, Bavaria rushes forward: Fully vaccinated people will be treated as negative for those who have tested corona in Bavaria from Wednesday.

The cabinet decided on Tuesday in Munich.

The Free State is thus implementing this point earlier than the federal government.

In practice, this means that vaccinated people with complete vaccination protection do not have to show a negative corona test when they visit the hairdresser.

However, privileges such as access to facilities that are currently closed, such as swimming pools, are not provided.

Anyone who has been vaccinated twice and "has almost zero risk must be restored to their central basic rights," said Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU).

The fundamental rights should be returned as soon as possible.

Family doctors shoot hard at Merkel's summit - and want to “finally” vaccinate younger people

Update from April 27, 1:45 p.m.:

After the federal and state vaccination summit, family doctors accuse those involved of fueling too high expectations with vague statements. "Once again, the federal and state governments gave people vague hopes at the vaccination summit and made vague announcements, but we family doctors would have preferred to see a few concrete deeds and, above all, more speed," said the chairman of the German Association of General Practitioners, Ulrich Weigeldt

Rheinische Post

from Wednesday.

"For example, we would like to have the reliability that we actually receive as many vaccine doses in the family doctor's practices as we order," explained the medical officer.

“Instead, deliveries to us continue to be made in partly homeopathic doses, while vaccines remain unused or are not fully used in the vaccination centers.

That is outrageous. "

Weigeldt also advocated handling prioritization pragmatically and less rigidly.

“General practitioners not only know about their patients' previous illnesses and other health risks, but also about their living and working conditions.

All of this must be taken into account when deciding who needs to be vaccinated quickly and who may be able to wait a little longer. "

It is important that no vaccine is destroyed just because the rules are rigid.

“And we finally have to concentrate on the younger people when it comes to vaccinations.

Not only do they have a high risk of passing on the virus and infecting other people with it, but they are also the ones who had to accept considerable restrictions and privations during the lockdown - not for their own protection, but above all for the protection of third parties. "

Merkel's vaccination summit met with bitter disappointment - now Spahn names a specific easing date

Initial report:

Berlin - At the vaccination summit on Monday in Berlin, no new decisions were made on how to deal with those who had been vaccinated and who had already recovered.

It only became more specific after the press conference by Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), Markus Söder (CSU *) and Michael Müller (SPD *).

Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU *) announced, for example, that the federal government wants to make a proposal next week on possible easing for vaccinated people.

Vaccination summit: Association of cities and municipalities are disappointed by the vaccination summit

The expectations for the press conference from Merkel, Söder and Müller were high.

Söder himself spoke of a "hope MPK".

After almost three hours of discussion, Merkel was able to announce that the vaccination prioritization should be discontinued “by June at the latest” *, but no further decisions were made *.

In a key issues paper of the federal government, which was completed for the summit at the weekend, everything still indicated that vaccinated persons and genesis could be exempted from contact restrictions in families and households.

But it quickly became clear that the decision on possible easing for vaccinated people would be postponed for the time being.

Vaccination summit: Association of cities and municipalities disappointed with adjourned decision

Landtag district president Reinhard Sager was disappointed with the outcome of the summit. "Here we would have expected clearer appointments," he told the newspapers of the Funke media group. The Association of Towns and Municipalities also expressed clear criticism of the postponed decision. General Manager Gerd Landsberg called it “regrettable” that the summit had not yet reached a “final agreement on the lifting of the restrictions on fundamental rights for fully vaccinated citizens”. This is about the “constitutional principle of proportionality”.

The German Travel Association also reprimanded the lack of resolutions.

The association welcomed the fact that the Chancellor and Prime Minister had dealt with possible freedoms for vaccinated people, but criticized “that there was no concrete result.

Neither a conclusive test concept was decided, nor were there specific times when vaccinated people could regain their basic rights. "

Corona vaccinations: Spahn promises freedom for vaccinated people until the end of May

After the summit, some Union politicians became a little more specific. Health Minister Jens Spahn said in the evening on ARD that the federal government wants to make a proposal next week so that an ordinance could be passed by the Federal Council on May 28th. So there is a clear timetable for when the rights of vaccinated people should be regulated. Nevertheless, Spahn emphasizes that protective measures such as mask compulsory and distance will continue to apply to vaccinated, convalescent and tested people.

In addition to Spahn, Chancellor Helge Braun (CDU) also promised concrete easing for vaccinated people after the summit. “The Federal Minister of Justice will now work with the Minister of Health and the Minister of the Interior to prepare an ordinance that will provide for just that. That namely, that fully vaccinated people and those who have

recovered from the coronavirus are not counted in the case of contact restrictions, for example, in the case of contact restrictions, ”said Braun on Tuesday in the ARD“ Morgenmagazin ”.

The harmless addition “for example” could refer to a highly explosive debate: Merkel had declared on Monday, according to participants in the CDU presidium, that they do not want to grant tested and vaccinated persons the same rights.

FDP parliamentary group vice Stephan Thomae exercised

sharp criticism

in an interview with

* - even CDU politicians warned of bad consequences.

Vaccinated with more freedom?

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In addition to top politicians, health experts are also calling for more freedom for those who have been vaccinated.

The head of the Baden-Württemberg Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, Norbert Metke, spoke out in favor of lifting restrictions for vaccinated people.

At the same time, however, the vaccination rate of the last two weeks must be maintained. “It cannot be that the person vaccinated is given double privileges - through vaccination and through more freedom.” (

Phf / dpa)

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