Germany is moving closer to making COVID-19 shots compulsory as part of efforts to stop the surge in new infections
DIVI President Gernot Marx hinted at the proposed vaccine mandate during a meeting and said that it was needed to protect hospitals from a “particularly dangerous situation.”
Marx said that ICUs have had to find beds for about 1,400 additional COVID-19 patients in the past week.
Marx said he predicted that the total number of COVID-19 patients– currently at about 4,600 — will reach 6,000 by Christmas, exceeding the peak during the second wave of the pandemic last winter.
“We have to protect our staff and prevent our clinics from collapsing under the pressure,” Marx said in an interview with ZDF television.
According to Marx, mandatory vaccinations will “not just to break the fourth wave but to prevent a fifth and sixth wave.”
Germany’s chancellor-to-be, Olaf Scholz, expressed that he supports making vaccination against Covid-19 mandatory.
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