Berlin, 20 February 2022 (dpa/MIA) — German Family Minister Anne Spiegel has called for a Covid-19 vaccine mandate for people aged 18 and above, in order to reach those who have so far resisted inoculation.
“We have made extensive efforts to reach people through vaccination campaigns and other outreach offers, but now we’ve reached the end of the line,” she told Bild am Sonntag newspaper.
A vaccine mandate is now needed in order to raise the proportion of people who are vaccinated in Germany, she said.
Germany’s infection figures are currently falling, but Spiegel said a vaccine mandate was still needed, pointing to the autumn, when cases are expected to rise again.
Dangerous new mutations are likely in the future, she said, adding: “They will lead to a severe autumn and winter if we don’t significantly increase the vaccination rate.”
Germany’s vaccination rate has slowed, with some 156,000 doses given on Friday, according to the latest data from the Robert Koch institute (RKI), the national center for disease control, significantly less than a week earlier.
Some 75.1% of Germans are vaccinated with two shots, while 56.2% have had a booster jab. Some 76.2% have had at least one shot.
Social Democrat parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich echoed Spiegel’s calls.
“Compulsory vaccination is a suitable means of avoiding restrictions on freedom next winter. I have joined the bill that provides for compulsory vaccination from the age of 18,” he told the Funke Mediengruppe newspapers.