The designated Justice Minister Marco Buschmann (FDP)
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Will the general compulsory vaccination come after all - and faster than expected?
If it is up to the designated Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann (FDP), the Bundestag should decide on the obligation to vaccinate against corona.
And without being forced to join a parliamentary group.
"The general compulsory vaccination touches on many difficult questions," said Buschmann to the editorial network Germany.
"In the past, when it comes to such medical-ethical issues, it has proven useful to make them a question of conscience."
Buschmann named a number of questions that had to be answered: »Is the encroachment on fundamental rights with physical integrity proportionate?
What are the exceptions?
How do you enforce this obligation?
How do you organize as a state to know who is doing such a duty and who is not? ”He said.
"All of this is debated in all democratic groups."
On such issues of conscience, Parliament would then normally use group motions to debate.
According to RND information, such group applications are in preparation.
Disagreement about the compulsory vaccination
Members of parliament are in principle only obliged to their conscience, but as a rule they are expected to base their votes on the majority of their group.
However, in the case of fundamental ethical questions - such as euthanasia - this so-called factional discipline is regularly lifted.
The parties represented in the Bundestag have so far disagreed on the subject of mandatory vaccination.
Although the traffic light parties SPD, Greens and FDP have agreed on area-specific mandatory vaccination in nursing and old people's homes and hospitals, they did not agree on mandatory vaccination for all.
Several FDP representatives have so far strictly rejected the introduction of such a general obligation, and there are also votes for and against among the SPD and the Greens.
The AfD alone rejects the compulsory vaccination for everyone in the Bundestag.
mrc / dpa