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30 Nov, 2021 16:45

Germany’s next head wants MPs to decide on mandatory vaccination by year’s end

Germany’s next head wants MPs to decide on mandatory vaccination by year’s end

Incoming German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has suggested MPs could soon vote on a compulsory vaccination program as part of a big push against Covid-19. Neighboring Austria adopted similar legislation earlier in November.

It is important for Germany to introduce “general compulsory vaccination,” Scholz told a meeting between the federal government officials and the heads of the German states on Tuesday. He also called on MPs to come forward with a “cross-faction initiative” to set things in motion and which should be “introduced quickly.” 

Scholz also said that as an MP himself he would agree to such a measure.

According to the Social Democratic Party (SPD), which Scholz belongs to, mandatory vaccination should be introduced once “everyone has a realistic chance of being vaccinated twice.” The party believes such a time might come in early February 2022.

The new government coalition, that includes the SPD, the Green Party, and the Free Democrats, is currently working on a draft bill on compulsory vaccination for certain jobs together with the health ministry, German media said. The bill is to be discussed by the Bundestag – the lower house of the German parliament – next week.