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Germans reject compulsory vaccination against Corona

In a survey, the majority of Germans spoke out against compulsory vaccination to combat the Corona pandemic. Some 56 percent of the respondents rejected this measure.

Published: January 8, 2021, 7:54 am

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    A survey by the opinion research institute YouGov on behalf of the news agency dpa showed that only 33 percent supported mandatory immunization against the virus. Eleven percent of those surveyed did not commit.

    Notably, according to the survey, 62 percent rejected privileges for vaccinated people. Only six percent were in favor of people being allowed to visit restaurants again after the vaccination, for example. If a vaccination would stop the virus, on the other hand, 23 percent advocated advantages for vaccinated people.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has assumed that it would take a vaccination rate of 60 to 70 percent to stop the pandemic. For this reason, the federal government has repeatedly emphasized the importance of this measure in recent weeks.

    On Tuesday, the government and country leaders agreed to extend and tighten the lockdown. The restrictions on public life that have been in force since December 16 should last at least until the end of January.

    The Germans are following in the footsteps of France: a YouGov poll conducted for The HuffPost on January 5 and 6 and published on Thursday confirmed the real reluctance of a large part of the French population to be vaccinated against the virus.

    According to The Huffington Post, only 44 percent of respondents answered “yes” to the question “if the vaccine were available to all French people, would you be vaccinated?”. The most suspicious were the voters of the National Rally (37 percent).

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