Before the planned adoption of the measles vaccination obligation for kindergarten children in the Bundestag, Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn defended the proposed law. "This is a child protection law in the truest sense of the word," said the CDU politician in the ARD. Especially toddlers needed "special protection". Children could not decide for themselves whether they would be vaccinated, argued Spahn. Therefore a vaccination obligation is necessary.
"Measles are not a childhood disease," said the CDU politician. In addition, measles are "not treatable". The infectious disease is highly contagious and "a pain for children and adults."
The vaccination also benefits the very small in community facilities, said Spahn. Infants less than one year of age may not be vaccinated for medical reasons, so this is all the more important in the 2- to 5-year-olds. Spahn demanded that "every doctor, even the pediatrician" should also be willing to vaccinate adults against measles.
Criticism of the planned law, for example on the part of the AfD, rejected Spahn. Vaccination is a fulfillment of the right to physical integrity, the minister said. "We also eradicated smallpox in this way," he emphasized.
The planned vaccination obligation is to apply to day-care centers, schools, other community facilities, day care and refugee accommodation. This also applies to the staff working there, as well as to employees of medical facilities. Unvaccinated children can therefore be excluded from the Kita visit, in other cases fines.