Germany Ponders ‘New’ Freedoms but Only for the Injected
Didn't get the 'emergency use' injection? You don't get the "extra" rights and freedoms — actually just the normal pre-2020 rights that everyone had
Germany is considering new plans to give extra rights and freedoms to people who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
The proposed changes to the existing pandemic rules would involve lifting certain social contact and movement restrictions. Inoculated and recovered people will no longer need a negative test if they want to go shopping, to the hairdresser or to visit a botanical garden, according to examples laid out by the German justice ministry.
People who live in Germany would also no longer have to go into quarantine after traveling abroad, if fully inoculated, with a few regional exceptions.
The legislation now has to go through the lower and then the upper houses of parliament. The lower house — the Bundestag — will meet Thursday to discuss the proposals, but questions remain over how people will prove they’ve had the vaccine and whether the possible loosening of the rules is confusing, unsafe or unfair.
The legislation could come into force over the weekend.
Vaccinated people will also be allowed to meet in private without restrictions, according to the plan, which if voted through Germany’s parliament could come into effect as early as Saturday. But mask wearing and social distancing in public spaces will remain on the cards.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn also voiced cautious optimism due to the success of Covid-19 vaccines so far. “The fact that we can — one year after the pandemic began — deal with how to return freedoms to those who are vaccinated, is due to the fact that vaccines were developed in record time,” he said.