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Germany Plans to Make COVID Vaccines Mandatory



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Amid rising COVID cases in the country, Germany’s Angela Merkel is pushing for vaccinations to become mandatory.

The outgoing chancellor met with her successor, Olaf Scholtz, and other state leaders to discuss tougher measures to address the rising cases. According to the Guardian, these could include the implementation of mandatory COVID vaccines and tougher restrictions for unvaccinated individuals.

As Germany’s infection rate soared in recent weeks leaving hospitals overwhelmed, Chancellor Merkel called the situation “very serious” saying an “act of national solidarity” would be required to overcome the ongoing pandemic crisis in the country.

“We have understood that the situation is very serious and that we want to take further measures in addition to those already taken,” Merkel said in a statement reported by the Guardian. “To do this, the fourth wave must be broken and this has not yet been achieved.”

According to, federal and state leaders have thus far agreed to the following: Shops, restaurants, museums, movie theaters for vaccinated or recovered people only. Additional tests for the vaccinated Nightclubs, music venues to close in areas where incidence rate hits 350 Maximum of 15,000 spectators will be allowed in football stadiums Inside sports venues will have a maximum of 5,000 in attendance Private gatherings for unvaccinated will be limited to one household Mask requirements in schools

The new measures will take effect once approved by lawmakers, likely in the coming days and Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, will vote on the proposed vaccine mandate in early 2022.