Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) has again spoken out in favor of completely revising the current vaccination strategy.
“By April at the latest, every can of vaccine must be vaccinated wherever possible,” said Söder at a joint press conference with Sachen's Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU).
Söder advocated that general practitioners, company doctors and school doctors should also make vaccinations.
This is the only way to make up the "dramatic backlog in vaccination," criticized the CSU boss.
"We have to catch up and have to get better."
He also called for additional vaccine doses from the EU and the federal government for corona hotspots.
This means that the pandemic can be combated more effectively, says the CSU boss.
Bavaria and Saxony would for their part give the Czech Republic rapid tests and vaccination doses.
The Czech Republic wants to vaccinate commuters, for example, which in turn would improve the situation in Germany.
Saxony's Prime Minister Kretschmer cited the Vogtlandkreis as an example, where the seven-day incidence is currently around 230.
In the area bordering the Czech Republic and Bavaria, all adults over the age of 18 should be offered a vaccination, he emphasized.
Further criteria would have to be added to the recommendations of the Standing Vaccination Commission.
The Prime Minister emphasized that this should also be the subject of the discussions between the Prime Ministers and Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) on Wednesday.
Söder also warned against “flying blind into the third wave”.
In the group with Merkel on Wednesday there should be “no opening frenzy”, but there must be “a clever and balanced opening”.
"We have to find the right balance between caution and opening up."
Debate about compulsory vaccination
The topic of the press conference was also a future compulsory vaccination for the corona vaccination: Kretschmer did not completely rule out such a measure.
At the moment, however, this question does not arise.
In this situation one shouldn't say "never" too quickly.
Kretschmer had already made a similar statement at the weekend in the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung”.
Those who do not want to be vaccinated will not lose their basic rights, said Kretschmer: "That would be even better." There is currently not enough vaccine to vaccinate everyone who wants to.
“That is why you cannot answer this question now.” It is also about the cost of the pandemic and whether you even want to take the risk of something like this happening again.
In addition, one has to wait and see what experiences there are with the vaccine, what protection factor and what tolerance it brings.
Söder did not want to go that far with a view to a possible vaccination requirement.
But there must be a different form of perception: "It is very clear: if someone does not want to be vaccinated and someone else vaccinates, why should he who is vaccinated accept the corresponding disadvantages." not fair.
"Those who get vaccinated protect themselves and others." For those people, life must normalize as much as possible.
"Loss of vaccination speed is delay of freedom"
“The most important thing now is that everyone gets an offer who wants to be vaccinated.
At the moment we are more likely to experience the situation that many want to be vaccinated and have no chance of being vaccinated, ”emphasized Söder.
It is also important that vaccines for children and adolescents are soon available: "I still think it makes sense that we also accelerate the approval process." Otherwise you lose the speed of vaccination.
The loss of vaccination speed is the "delay of freedom".
Söder and Kretschmer agreed on a ten-point plan to implement the planned measures.
Overall, the aim of the Covid-19 alliance is to ensure that the two federal states proceed as uniformly as possible in the pandemic, for example in the border regions with the Czech Republic.
A constant exchange on the corona situation and mutations had also been agreed, Söder said on Monday.