Frankfurt/Main The decision of the health ministers to cancel the continued payment of wages for unvaccinated people in quarantine has met with different reactions. Criticism comes, among other things, from the head of the German Trade Union Federation (DGB), Reiner Hoffmann. And VdK President Bentele also expressed “huge concerns”.
The social association VdK and the German trade union federation (DGB) criticized the decision, but the municipalities approve it. The chairman of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, spoke of a correct measure.
The health ministers of the federal states agreed on Wednesday that unvaccinated people in quarantine should no longer receive compensation for the loss of earnings from November 1 at the latest. There should be exceptions for those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and who have a certificate for it. Citizens who have not yet received a public vaccination recommendation should continue to pay.
VdK President Verena Bentele expressed “huge concerns”. “Somehow this is now becoming a compulsory vaccination through the back door in Germany,” she said on Wednesday evening on the Phoenix TV station. There are still quite a few people who do not yet have a certificate for a chronic illness because there are not yet sufficient studies. “And especially for people who are worried about getting vaccinated and not receiving a certificate, the existence of a threat would be very severe,” said the VdK President.
The DGB chairman Reiner Hoffmann criticized: “It cannot be that politics simply dump responsibility for the fight against the pandemic on the employees.” In addition, an end to compensation for unvaccinated people would also mean that employees disclose their vaccination status to their employer have to, he told the RND. Because so far, the following applies: In the event of an officially ordered quarantine, the employer continues to pay the wages.
The managing director of the German Association of Towns and Municipalities, Gerd Landsberg, said, however, that it was an individual decision not to be vaccinated against Corona despite the existing offer. But that also means that the consequences of this decision must be borne by oneself. There is no reason why the general public should finance continued wages in these cases, he told the newspapers of the Funke media group (Thursday). The President of the German Association of Cities, Burkhard Jung (SPD), made a similar statement in the RND.
World Medical President Montgomery said vaccination not only protects the vaccinated but also those around them and helps to overcome the pandemic. “So it’s a social act,” he told the “Augsburger Allgemeine” (Thursday). “Anyone who does not do this, despite repeated vaccination offers and many opportunities to be vaccinated, must also bear the consequences of their actions.”
Persons who suffer loss of earnings due to an officially ordered quarantine are entitled to compensation under the Infection Protection Act. An exception is provided there, for example in the event that the quarantine could have been prevented by a vaccination. The countries have to pay the compensation. Baden-Württemberg was the first state to announce that it would make use of the exception in the Infection Protection Act.