Mandatory requirement for COVID-19 vaccination and ban on unvaccinated people going to stores or attending public events.
Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel is sharpening the tone of Germany’s bills.
The Federal Chancellor’s proposal was made on Thursday after a meeting between the federal government and representatives of Germany’s federal states.
There has also been a density of proposals, with Germany seeing how infection curves are pointing upwards with about 74,000 new cases over a 24-hour period.
– Conservative Chancellor Merkel said, according to the Associated Press, that the situation in our country is serious, and linked the draconian measures taken by Germany to the fact that it was an “act of national solidarity.”
Also supporting the proposals is Social Democrat Olaf Schultz, who is expected to be appointed as new chancellor on December 8. However, he wants to see the moral addition of allowing members of the Bundestag to vote conscientiously, rather than following his party’s line, writes Der Spiegel.
Mouthguards in schools
Federal decisions about compulsory vaccination, for example, are very sensitive in Germany, given its history of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes.
Merkel stressed that the proposals should be discussed in a real debate in parliament, the Bundestag, and scrutinized by the country’s powerful ethics committee.
The outgoing chancellor thought a decision could be made on a law as early as February. She added that she would vote for the publisher herself if she remained in the Bundestag.
The meeting also agreed to demand the use of mouth guards in schools, to impose new restrictions on public gatherings, and to try to speed up vaccination by allowing pharmacists and dentists to vaccinate, the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper wrote.
According to the proposal, people who refuse to be vaccinated with two doses will only be allowed to stay in stores that sell food and other necessary goods.
About 69 percent of the country’s population of over 83 million has been vaccinated.
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