Rainer Dulger (archive image)
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In the past few days, the discussion about a general vaccination requirement has clearly picked up speed in view of the steep rise in the number of corona infections.
Now, in view of the escalating situation, employer president Rainer Dulger has shown himself to be open to a general vaccination requirement in Germany.
»We rely on dialogue and conviction.
Therefore, a statutory vaccination is always only the second best solution.
However, it must not be excluded from the outset, "said President of the Confederation of Employers' Associations (BDA) of the" Rheinische Post ".
The employers are ready to "play a constructive part in intensifying vaccination," said Dulger.
What is necessary for this is "a clear announcement from politics instead of constantly changing rules".
Effective vaccinations and continuous testing are the most important tools to get out of the pandemic.
Especially for employees who work with endangered groups of people, the willingness to be vaccinated is a "sign of a sense of duty and consideration for their fellow human beings."
New regulation could take effect from January 1st
The traffic light parties are planning to make vaccinations compulsory in old people's and nursing homes, and the planned coalition wants to examine an expansion of the compulsory vaccination.
The Federal Ministry of Health recently presented specific proposals for employees in nursing homes and clinics.
According to SPIEGEL information, the Infection Protection Act is to be changed.
The new regulation could come into force on January 1, 2022.
People who work in clinics, nursing homes or outpatient care services would then have to provide evidence that they have been vaccinated or have recovered.
If not, they would have the opportunity to do so by March 31st.
Employers should use it to check the vaccination or convalescence status of their employees and to be able to present the evidence to the health department on request.