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Bundestag rejects compulsory vaccination

The German Bundestag has rejected compulsory corona vaccination. 296 MEPs voted for mandatory vaccinations for everyone over 60, 378 voted against. Nine MPs abstained. The Bundestag had previously debated the mandatory vaccination in an emotional debate for more than three hours.

Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) was disappointed with the result. "It is a very important decision because now the fight against Corona will be much more difficult in the fall," he wrote on Twitter.

AfD faction leader Alice Weidel, on the other hand, was pleased. "The traffic light [coalition] does not bring about a majority for compulsory vaccination. The federal government is done.” She called on Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) to dismiss Lauterbach. The Vice-President of the Bundestag, Wolfgang Kubicki (FDP), also praised the decision: "Thankfully, the arguments against the introduction of a general obligation to vaccinate prevailed in the end.", which also failed.

Long faces at the Greens
The Green MP Emilia Fester showed little understanding for the decision. This caused a stir during the first orientation debate in March after she blamed opponents of vaccination for the fact that she had not been able to go to clubs or go on vacation as a young person for two years. It later turned out that she had gone on vacation in 2020 after all. Now she wrote on Twitter that Germany was facing another " corona winter". She is terribly sorry.

Her parliamentary colleague Janosch Dahmen, who had campaigned intensively for compulsory vaccination, warned of the consequences of the decision. The health risk "for vulnerable and elderly people" is still very high "and the burden on health workers is very high".

SPD MP: "Fascists" cheer in the Reichstag
The SPD member of the Bundestag, Joe Weingarten, caused an additional dispute. He accused the CDU of being to blame for the fact that for the first time since 1945 the "fascists in the Reichstag" were cheering again. He was obviously alluding to the loud applause from the AfD faction after the result became known.

Union faction also fails
An application by the Union faction was also not accepted. This provided for a graduated procedure in which compulsory vaccination would only have been introduced under certain conditions.

The advocates of general vaccination from the age of 18 had increasingly weakened their proposals in the past few weeks in view of unclear majorities. After compulsory vaccination from the age of 50 as a compromise did not promise a secure majority, they called for the now failed compulsory from the age of 60 in the short term.

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