Munich (dpa/lby) - In the health care system in Bavaria, between 56,000 and 57,000 unvaccinated employees were identified by July 1st. The Ministry of Health announced on Sunday that they had submitted no or only a dubious proof of vaccination. These are not only nursing staff, but also professions such as at the gate or in the service area. Fine notices in connection with the facility-related vaccination obligation had not yet been issued by the deadline. The “Bild am Sonntag” had previously published nationwide figures on this.
The Free State relies on a staged procedure with a sense of proportion, Health Minister Klaus Holetschek told the German Press Agency in Munich. The security of supply for the people must be guaranteed. Clinics reported massive staff shortages in some cases because employees were either infected with Corona themselves or had to look after sick relatives. "On the other hand, quite a few employees are simply exhausted in year three of the pandemic and are absent."
In addition, the vaccination rate among employees in nursing and in hospitals is significantly higher than in the general population. "The employees are aware of their responsibility anyway," said Holetschek of "Bild am Sonntag". At the beginning of July, he therefore called for the institution-related compulsory vaccination to be suspended early on September 30 so that the personnel situation does not worsen further.
Other federal states have not yet consistently enforced the compulsory vaccination for nursing and health staff, which has been in force since mid-March. According to the "Bild am Sonntag", more than 190,000 unvaccinated employees were identified in 12 of 16 federal states, but only 70 entry bans were issued in North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony and Brandenburg.