The highest court in Germany has provisionally approved a vaccination obligation for staff in hospitals and healthcare institutions. The constitutional court in Karlsruhe has rejected all complaints about the duty, which will take effect in mid-March.
Hundreds of people who work in the medical sector or care have complained in vain to the court. They demanded that the introduction of the vaccination obligation be stopped immediately in urgent proceedings.
The court rejected that requirement so that the government could continue with the implementation. But with the emergency procedures, the question of whether the vaccination obligation would be contrary to the constitution has not yet been definitively answered. Therefore, the court needs to look further into this. German media expect this to happen soon.
Last year, the court was discredited by dining with then-Chancellor Angela Merkel when it was dealing with politically sensitive cases. At the very least, this would have created the appearance of partiality.
Complaints were also made at the introduction of corona restrictions that the chairman, Stephan Harbarth, is a member of Merkel’s party CDU and served in the Bundestag for nine years before leaving for Karlsruhe in 2018. He became president of the court in 2020 during the pandemic.