The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach has canceled his planned service in a Leverkusen vaccination center.

“Unfortunately there have been so many announced protests against the Leverkusen vaccination center in advance that I have to cancel the start first.

The police and security authorities saw a threat, ”Lauterbach tweeted on Friday.

The politician had previously announced that "like all members of the vaccination center" he would be vaccinated with the Astrazeneca vaccine.

“Since I do not want to endanger either the great colleagues or the operation of the center, I withdraw.

However, it is a shame how strong the influence of radical minorities on our actions is now growing, ”wrote Lauterbach on Friday on Twitter.

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The action in Leverkusen (there the SPD MP also has his constituency) should not be a one-off, he will henceforth work “regularly” there, Lauterbach wrote on Thursday.


In his tweet on Thursday, Lauterbach also spoke out in favor of using the AstraZeneca vaccine: The recommendation of the Standing Vaccine Commission to only use the vaccine for under 65-year-olds "has obviously harmed the vaccine, many unjustifiably view it as a second-class vaccine" , criticized Lauterbach.

"We should only continue to vaccinate those under 65 with AstraZeneca vaccine," he said.