COVID vaccination should be made mandatory for the whole German population, according to German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach.
“Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) fears that the number of infections will grow substantially as a result of the new Omicron virus strain,” according to Der Spiegel. When Lauterbach went to a vaccination centre in Hanover, he stated, “I assume a massive fifth wave.”
Lauterbach further declared “We have to assume that the wave of omicrons that we are facing, which in my opinion we cannot prevent, will be a massive challenge for our hospitals, for our intensive care units, but also for society as a whole.”
The health minister further argued that a double vaccination alone would not be enough to “bring Omicron under control.”
“We mustn’t be lulled into a false sense of security,” he said, urging that a “massive booster campaign” is needed “boosting several million people a week”.
Lauterbach went on to say that he intended to try “every possible” to make the vaccines mandatory.