The German Hospital Federation, which represents hospital owners, has come out against a general anti-coronavirus lockdown in Germany, saying it was not necessary for the time being to prevent their facilities from being overwhelmed.

The chairman of the hospital group Gerald Gass told public broadcaster ZDF on Monday that a lockdown for everyone is not necessary for the current situation, at least from our point of view. We would favour consistent contact restrictions, especially for the unvaccinated.

He said that measures aimed at the unvaccinated have “nothing to do with harassment, but is more about taking precautions, and that’s why it’s right.

He said that compulsory vaccinations are already in place in Germany for staff in hospitals and nursing homes. The vaccination rate in hospitals is very high at over 90 per cent.

The chairman of the hospital group hoped that there are only very few who will ultimately refuse in the long term and that we will then perhaps lose them in the end.

On the more sensitive question of compulsory vaccination for all Germans – currently being considered by the government – Gass said that it “would be a logical consequence from our point of view, if it actually turns out that [virus variant] Omicron is so contagious, then we need an even much higher vaccination rate than we predicted for Alpha.

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