Medical representatives have sharply criticized the planned exemptions for corona vaccinated people. Vaccinated people should definitely continue to be tested, said the chairman of the Federal Association of Doctors of the Public Health Service, Ute Teichert, the newspapers of the Funke media group (Tuesday). "It would be fatal if vaccinated and convalescents were exempted from all test obligations when entering the country, for example." According to Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU), proof of a complete vaccination will be sufficient in future instead of a negative test for entry when traveling by air.
"Without comprehensive tests, we lose track of what is happening with the infection - especially with regard to virus variants," warned Teichert.
If returnees were no longer tested, it would not be known whether they were bringing in mutants.
The doctor said the mandatory tests in schools should be continued for those who have been vaccinated.
The grand coalition has agreed that the regulation with relief for those who have been vaccinated and recovered should be passed this week, as the legal policy spokesman for the SPD parliamentary group, Johannes Fechner, said on Monday.
Spahn also expressed confidence that the current restrictions on vaccinated people can be lifted soon.
The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach has also spoken out in favor of cautious easing for those vaccinated in the corona pandemic. "In the case of people who have been vaccinated twice, we can no longer represent the restrictions on personal basic rights," said the SPD politician of the "Augsburger Allgemeine" (Tuesday edition). At the same time, however, he urged caution: "Right now we must not make the mistake of jeopardizing the successes that the uniform Corona emergency brake has brought us."
"Clearly, I say no to the opening of shops, pubs or other offers only for people who have been vaccinated twice," the SPD health expert told the newspaper.
Their number is still too small.
In addition, such regulations would divide society.
"Those who have not yet been vaccinated are usually because they stick to the vaccination sequence, nobody should be punished for this," he said.
Lauterbach also warned against exaggerated expectations that the vaccinations could end the pandemic.
"It is a widespread misconception that the corona spread automatically stops when 70 percent of the population are vaccinated," the epidemiologist told the newspaper.
Those who are not vaccinated will fall ill, especially in autumn there will be more cases again.
Only then will the disease no longer spread exponentially.
Corona measures would be necessary for a long time.
"Even if the so-called herd immunity has been achieved, we cannot open everything," emphasized Lauterbach.
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