Germany is debating over mandatory vaccination as fourth COVID wave rages

People queue up outside a vaccination center in a shopping center, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, in Berlin, Germany, Nov. 20, 2021. REUTERS/Christian Mang

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BERLIN, Nov 21 (Reuters) – German politicians debate over making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for burgers in light of rising infections and low vaccination rates.

Multiple members of Chancellor Angela Merkel conservative block said: on Sunday that federal and state governments should introduce mandatory vaccinations soon as other attempts to push up Germany’s low vaccination rate rate of just 68% have failed.

“We have reached a point where we have to say clearly that we… need de facto mandatory vaccination and a lockdown for the unvaccinated,” Tilman Kuban, head of the youth wing of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), wrote: in Die Welt newspaper.

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The seven-day coronavirus incidence in Germany rate rose to the highest level since it begin of the pandemic for the 14th consecutive day on Sunday reached 372.7 nationwide.

In some regions it has the 1,000 . exceeded with some hospitals already reporting full intensive care units. The record in the third wave of the pandemic last Dec was 197.6.

A total of 5.35 million coronavirus infections have been reported in Germany since the start of the pandemic in February 2020. The overall death toll stands at 99,062.

The Bavarian State Prime Minister Markus Soeder called for a fast decision to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory, while Schleswig-Holstein State Prime Minister Daniel Guenther told authorities: should discuss at least such step to increase the pressure on unvaccinated burgers.

Danyal Bayaz, an influential member of the Greens and minister from Finance in the southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg, where infection rates are very high, said it was a mistake on this point of the pandemic to rule out mandatory vaccination.

The Greens are currently in talk with the middle-left Social Democrats (SPD) and the libertarian Free Democrats (FDP) to a three-way coalition government on the federal level.

The three parties are in the final stages of to seal coalition agreement die the way for departing minister of Finance Olaf Scholz of the SPD succeeds Merkel as chancellor in the first half of December.

Scholz has said he wants a debate over mandating vaccination for health professionals and geriatric nurses. FDP members have expressed their objections to such a step as the party puts a greater emphasis on individual freedom.

Neighboring Austria this week announced a plan to make vaccines mandatory next year.

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Reporting by Michael Nienaber, editing by Angus MacSwan

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