Erfurt (dpa/th) - Thuringia's Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow has criticized the new draft of the Infection Protection Act passed by the federal government. In addition, the left-wing politician pleaded for an end to the institution-related vaccination requirement for employees in the health sector, reported the “Thüringer Allgemeine” (Thursday). "The federal government is taking it easy and shifting a large part of the responsibility onto the states and municipalities," said Ramelow.
The requirement that the state parliaments should decide on tightening the mask requirement or restricting events makes decisions in Thuringia more difficult. Ramelow's red-red-green government does not have a majority in the state parliament - it lacks four votes for decisions that it has to seek from the opposition.
Ramelow: "The law is called the Federal Infection Protection Act and not the lottery law of the federal states." He again fears a patchwork of rules and protective measures.
Thuringia's head of government, who is also currently President of the Bundesrat, said he was unhappy about compulsory vaccination in the health sector. "I only went down this path because the Chancellor had assured the Prime Minister that the general vaccination order would come in a timely manner." After the project failed, the institution-related vaccination order no longer made sense. "The federal government should finally repeal it. The only result is that we carry the discord into the institutions by office. I find that unbearable."