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German states mull making vaccination mandatory

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 24th November, 2021 07:38:24 PM
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German states mull making vaccination mandatory

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Some German federal states have expressed support for mandatory Covid-19 vaccination as the country is witnessing a record surge in cases amid an ongoing fourth wave of the pandemic.

In an article for the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Kretschmann wrote with Bavarian Minister-President Markus Soeder that compulsory vaccination was not a violation of freedom rights but a “prerequisite for regaining our freedom”, reports Xinhua news agency.

After daily infections exceeded 65,000 for the first time since the start of the pandemic last week, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases registered 45,326 Covid cases in the last 24 hours, around 13,000 more than last week.

Support for mandatory vaccination also came from Schleswig-Holstein, a state in northern Germany.

Chancellor Angela Merkel had previously ruled out a general vaccination obligation while acting Minister of Health Jens Spahn continued to reject compulsory vaccination.