Compulsory vaccination in the Bundeswehr is unavoidable

For Bundeswehr soldiers, protection against the coronavirus is to be included in the list of vaccinations to be tolerated. A mediation committee made a corresponding recommendation on Monday after hours of negotiations, as the German press agency learned from the Ministry of Defense. The committee, consisting of three representatives each from the Ministry of Defense and the participating bodies, has made a preliminary decision in a month-long dispute.

Bundeswehr expert Thomas Wiegold also recommended in his blog “augengeradeaus” a committee made up of soldiers’ representatives and the Ministry of Defense to include a vaccination against the coronavirus in the catalog of vaccinations for the Bundeswehr.

According to the report, sources within the ministry and staff representatives said the committee approved the proposal at its first meeting, Wiegold said in the blog post. Accordingly, a decision by the military or political leadership of the ministry is required for inclusion in the so-called basic vaccination program for men and women in the Bundeswehr. Finished plans to make vaccinations against the corona virus mandatory for the more than 180,000 men and women in the Bundeswehr had initially been delayed due to resistance from staff representatives.

A few years ago, the Bundeswehr introduced the obligation to tolerate vaccinations and preventive measures. Soldiers who refuse to do so will face disciplinary consequences. The Bundeswehr refers to the Soldiers Act and the operational readiness of the troops.

“The soldier may only tolerate medical measures against his will if they 1. serve to prevent or combat communicable diseases or 2. serve to determine his ability to serve or employ,” says Section 17a of the Soldiers Act.
And: “If the soldier refuses a reasonable medical measure and his ability to serve or work is impaired as a result, he can be refused care. A medical measure that is associated with a considerable risk to life or health is unreasonable. “.”

The principle of proportionality must be observed in particular with regard to possible side effects of the vaccination. And in the event of serious complications, there are claims under pension law. Defense Commissioner Eva Högl and defense experts from the “Ampel” parties – SPD, Greens and FDP – had recently spoken out in favor of including corona vaccinations in the basic vaccination program and thus making them mandatory.

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