Lambrecht considers prioritization for vaccinations to be legally secure
Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) considers it legally unproblematic if some people are vaccinated against the corona virus later than others. “When distributing the vaccine, it is important that such decisions are made according to comprehensible and appropriate criteria”she told the German Press Agency.
It is absolutely understandable if doctors, nurses and particularly vulnerable people in nursing homes got their turn first, because the current issue is whether the health system will hold out. “I think such a decision will also be legally valid,” said the SPD politician.
Lambrecht said she could not assess whether there would be individual complaints. However, they assume that the selection decision will stand up to judicial review.
The Minister of Justice ruled out an obligation to vaccinate. “There will be no compulsory vaccination for corona vaccination,” she emphasized. In their view, this would interfere with fundamental rights, especially the right to physical integrity. “Nobody wants to take such a step here,” said Lambrecht. However, she also had the impression that there was so much interest in the vaccination that there was no need to think about it at all.
According to a recent survey, 35 percent of Germans are “definitely” ready to be vaccinated, and another 32 percent are “probably”. According to the Ministry of Health, around 55 to 65 percent of the population would have to be vaccinated in order to achieve so-called herd immunity and largely prevent the virus from spreading. (dpa)