The vaccination campaign is losing momentum, while the delta variant is spreading faster and faster.
The country is facing a difficult autumn.
Will the state oblige its citizens to inject?
Stuttgart - The Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, considers compulsory vaccination in the further fight against the Corona crisis to be conceivable.
“We are not planning any compulsory vaccination. I cannot rule out compulsory vaccination for all time, ”said the Green politician of the German Press Agency in Stuttgart. “It is possible that there will be variants that make this necessary.” It could well be “that at some point we will only allow certain areas and activities to be restricted to vaccinated people”. He cited measles as an example: “There is also a compulsory vaccination for daycare centers because measles is highly contagious.” Without vaccinations, the pandemic will not be able to be brought to its knees.
Kretschmann has been warning of a fourth wave for a long time and is rather pessimistic about autumn and winter. In his opinion, the virus could come back just as dangerously as it did last autumn, when the number of infections suddenly rose dramatically. “We continue to drive on sight. The virus mutations have thwarted our plans twice, ”he said. "If there are variants against which the vaccine is no longer as effective - we are immediately in a different situation." There is no all-clear.
Kretschmann therefore appealed to people to get vaccinated.
“In essence, one can say: Vaccination is a civic duty.
There is a lot at stake.
Every responsible person should just do that. ”The side effects of Covid are much worse than those of vaccines could be.
Little is known about the long-term consequences of a virus infection.
People would have to radically put aside their concerns about vaccination.
The state government in the southwest has already announced further easing for fully vaccinated people in the course of September.
Since every citizen can have comprehensive vaccination protection by September 15, 2021, the requirements for fully vaccinated people will then be further weakened.
Kretschmann has no sympathy for people who go on vacation in risk areas or who skip second vaccination appointments because of a vacation trip. "We can bitterly pay for such recklessness by getting seriously ill, by infecting others, and by not getting the matter under control if too many do that."
In the future, politicians will nonetheless rely on other criteria in addition to the incidence value in the fight against the pandemic. "The vaccination has changed the situation," said Kretschmann. The particularly vulnerable groups such as the elderly and the previously ill are largely vaccinated, and the rate of people who have to go to hospital has decreased. “There is also the option of including other criteria - such as hospitalization, the vaccination rate, the R-factor. Then you sort of come up with a kind of formula, ”he said. The health ministers are tasked with developing a proposal. “The downside is: It's harder to understand because up until now everyone knew that the incidence is the decisive factor. Everyone could understand that. Now it's getting more complicated. "
The second option from the point of view of the head of government: “Of course, like Jens Spahn, you can think about setting the incidence as a value for measures generally higher than before. Without further classifying key figures on the situation, however, I am skeptical. ”Kretschmann also pointed out that a high incidence is always bad. "The faster the virus circulates, the more often it will mutate," he said. "Low incidences mean slower mutations." Dpa