Germans who have not been vaccinated against the CCP virus will no longer be entitled to quarantine compensation payments and free COVID-19 tests starting in November, officials announced on Wednesday.
Health Minister Jens Spahn said after a meeting with the country’s 16 federal states on September 22 that the policy would take effect from November 1 in the country’s latest effort to get more people to get the shots.
Critics of the policy have said such rules would be the equivalent of a mandate for COVID-19 vaccination as many workers cannot afford to stay at home without pay.
Spahn said getting the vaccine would remain a “personal decision” in Germany as he responded to criticism, German news outlet The Local reported. However that decision will now come with a “responsibility to bear the financial consequences”, he said.
“Some would say it means pressure for the unaffiliated. I think we have to look at it the other way around—it’s also a question of fairness,” Spahn said. “Those who protect themselves and others through vaccination may rightly ask why we should pay someone who ended up in quarantine after being discharged in an at-risk area.”
In addition, COVID-19 tests, which are required to enter restaurants, theatres, and some other places, will no longer be free of charge from October 11. Only people who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons will have access to the free test. .
The rules will affect people who test positive for the virus and who are returning from travel to countries designated “high risk” for the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus, which now includes the UK, Turkey and parts of France .
Unaffiliated travelers from such countries are required to quarantine for at least five days. Those who have been vaccinated or have recently recovered need not do so.
Germany, which has the lowest per capita death rate in Europe, has previously rejected compulsory vaccination, saying such a law would undermine public confidence, but officials are taking measures to prevent it. make it inconvenient to be unvaccinated.
Earlier this month, health officials rejected a suggestion that would empower employers to find out whether their employees have been vaccinated against the CCP virus, citing the rejection as the very personalization of such data. was due to.
“Employees’ health information is particularly sensitive, and the question of vaccination against the coronavirus is part of that,” Justice and Consumer Protection Minister Christine Lambrecht told the Funke media group.
Official figures show that Germany has fully vaccinated 63.5 percent of its total population. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) health agency previously said they are calling for 85 percent of people aged 12 to 59 to be vaccinated, as well as 90 percent of all people over the age of 60. Seeking to reach herd immunity.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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