Officials who have not had themselves vaccinated against the corona virus will continue to receive their money after November 1 if they are quarantined.

Unvaccinated employees go away empty-handed, because the so-called loss of earnings compensation for them is canceled during quarantine.

This is not only unfair, it is also grist to the mill of those who attest the state either inability or excess in combating the corona pandemic.

Of course, the remuneration of civil servants is to be assessed differently than the wages of white-collar workers.

And the argumentation of the Hessian Ministry of the Interior, according to which officials are supported by their employer and that this is a constitutionally anchored principle, is legally correct with certainty.

The resulting justification that civil servants generally continue to receive their salaries in the quarantine case is correct according to the existing legal situation.

Then the question arises as to why the state government supported the abolition of the compensation in the conference of health ministers, although it knows that this tightening does not affect some of the working people in Hesse at all.

Fatal unequal treatment

The sense and purpose of the new rule should be to encourage people who are unwilling to vaccinate to be vaccinated by applying financial pressure.

Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU) had declared in mid-September that people should not become a financial burden for the general public if they could not work because they had not used the opportunity to be vaccinated.

If this does not also apply to officials who are unwilling to vaccinate and who have to go into quarantine, many citizens will ask themselves.

This apparent inequality of treatment not only reinforces existing resentment against the civil service, it also weakens the fight against the pandemic.

The fatal impression of preference can arise.

A rule that is disadvantageous for only part of the population leads to further division in society.

It's not about supporting adult vaccinators in their twisted arguments.

It is about equal treatment of citizens.

So if it is not legally possible for unvaccinated officers to withdraw their money in the quarantine case, then this rule must also be withdrawn for all other employees.

"All people are equal before the law," says Article 3 of the Basic Law.