German parliament to vote on mandatory Covid jabs in coming weeks

German parliament to vote on mandatory Covid jabs in coming weeks

German lawmakers will vote on compulsory vaccination by the year’s end, incoming chancellor Olaf Scholz has said. Neighboring Austria already adopted similar legislation earlier in November.

It is important for Germany to introduce “general compulsory vaccination,” Scholz told a meeting between the federal government officials and the heads of the German states on Tuesday. He also called on MPs to come forward with a “cross-faction initiative” to set things in motion and which should be “introduced quickly.” 

According to the Social Democratic Party (SPD), which Scholz belongs to, mandatory vaccination should be introduced once “everyone has a realistic chance of being vaccinated twice.” The party believes such a time might come in early February 2022.

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