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German justice minister restates opposition to mandatory vaccination

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German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht restated her opposition to mandatory vaccination against the Coronavirus in an interview on national public television on Monday

“There will be no general compulsory vaccination, but we need to get the message out that I protect myself with this vaccination and especially others as well.

“I think we should stick with the procedure that those who have been vaccinated, the recovered and those who have tested negative should have access.

“Once all those who can be vaccinated nevertheless do not do so, one should perhaps think whether testing options should be at their expense and no longer at the public’s expense,’’ Lambrecht told ZDF’s Morgenmagazin programme.

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She noted that German law allowed restaurants, for example, to reject unvaccinated patrons.

Asked whether mandatory vaccination could be considered under German law, Lambrecht expressed the view that it could not.

“This has firstly to do with the fact that this vaccination has not been on the market that long, and I also do not see it as required,’’ she said.

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