At the end of 2022, the compulsory corona vaccination for staff in clinics and nursing homes will probably come to an end. The reason is the dominance of so-called immune-vasive corona variants, as the Federal Ministry of Health said on Monday. These pathogens may evade the immune response of people who have been vaccinated and/or recovered better than their predecessors.
Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) recently left open whether the facility-related vaccination requirement in the health and care sector will expire or be extended at the end of the year. "We will make how we deal with the institution-related vaccination requirement depend on the course of the autumn and winter wave," he said in October during the government survey in the Bundestag when asked whether he wanted to let the law expire or extend it.
The facility-related vaccination requirement has been in effect since March 16, 2022. The health authorities can issue bans on work or entry for employees of clinics or care facilities if they do not present any proof of vaccination or recovery when requested or do not have a certificate that exempts them from a corona vaccination . The legal basis for compulsory vaccination expires at the end of the year.
There had always been criticism of the regulation, among other things because of the effort involved in enforcing compulsory vaccination. Demands for an end had become louder from the countries and the industry.
The board of directors of the Patient Protection Foundation, Eugen Brysch, welcomed the probable end of the facility-related compulsory vaccination for employees in medical facilities. "The vaccination protects against serious illnesses and death, but not against the transmission of the virus," Brysch told the "Handelsblatt". "That's why the facility-related vaccination requirement came to nothing from the start." Many federal states and health authorities have already delayed sanctions.