The country’s highest legal authority rejected a petition against a Covid-19 jab requirement for healthcare workers
Germany’s Constitutional Court on Friday rejected a request to postpone a highly-debated mandate requiring healthcare workers to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or provide proof of natural immunity. One German state has suspended the mandate.
Karlsruhe court upheld the mandate opponents who sought a temporary injunction to stop a legal challenge. While the court will rule on the constitutionality of the mandate at a later date, Friday’s ruling clears the way for it to come into effect as planned on March 15.
The mandate will require all employees in hospitals, care homes, doctors’ offices and other healthcare settings like physiotherapy and massage clinics to get fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or provide proof of recovery from the illness. Health authorities have the right to ban or permit employees who refuse to be vaccinated from working.
Germany’s coronavirus restrictions have been lifted slower than its European neighbours. While individual states can set many of their own policies, most have chosen to maintain strict ‘2G’ rules, meaning entry to bars, shops, and restaurants is permitted only to those who can show proof of vaccination or recovery. Some states, like Bremen, Rhineland-Palatinate, and Lower Saxony, require a negative test on top of the standard 2G requirements.
Friday’s announcement by Chancellor Olaf Scholz that the federal government would discuss “the first steps at reopening”Next week, during a meeting.
Bavaria, a wealthy state in the south of Germany has been a leader in removing restrictions. Bavarian restaurants, bars, and other venues still need to follow 2G guidelines, but state premier Markus Soeder declared Monday that he won’t enforce them for health workers. Soeder stated that the requirement for vaccines is not required. “no longer an effective means”To stop the transmission of coronavirus.
It has been also criticized by the healthcare sector. Daniel Schloer (owner of SunaCare GmbH) warned that German households might be at risk. “have a problem getting the care they need,”His company employs around 40% carers who have not been vaccinated.
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