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Coronavirus news: loss of wages for unvaccinated people! Federal states decide to stop payments
In the case of quarantine, unvaccinated people face massive loss of wages. The Infection Protection Act makes it possible to suspend the entitlement to continued wages in certain cases. The first federal states have already decided on the loss of wages.
In Germany, almost 62 percent of the population are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. But in order to get through the months ahead, the willingness to vaccinate has to increase. The pressure on the unvaccinated is increasing: Normally, employees continue to receive their wages if they cannot work due to an officially ordered quarantine. But for those who have not been vaccinated, there could soon be no longer any entitlement to continued payment of wages. According to Bild, Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn spoke out on Wednesday for tightened measures.
However, appropriate regulations must be made by the federal states. For Spahn, it is understandable if unvaccinated employees are no longer entitled to continued wages in quarantine. “In the end, it is the taxpayers who finance the wage replacement benefit — for someone who could have been vaccinated,” said the Federal Minister.
“We have the means in hand to inoculate ourselves back to freedom and normalcy,” emphasized the minister. It is true that the vaccination is the personal and free decision of each individual. But it is also a question that concerns others. “I don’t see why others should pay in the long run if someone doesn’t opt for the free vaccination if they could.”
Infection Protection Act regulates the right to continued payment of wages
The Infection Protection Act regulates the right to continued payment of wages in the case of quarantine. According to the regulation, this entitlement may be waived if the quarantine could have been avoided by being vaccinated. Since the beginning of the corona pandemic, the federal states have paid €458 million for continued wages.
Baden-Württemberg is now the first federal state to take action. From September 15, unvaccinated people will not receive any compensation in the event of quarantine. From October 1st, this should also apply in Rhineland-Palatinate. And Hessen also wants to join. This is different in Bavaria: here, compensation should be decided in each individual case. Some federal states even require a nationwide regulation.
“Not all unvaccinated people are Querdenker ‘[lateral thinkers]!” Strong criticism for loss of wages regulation
There has been heavy criticism of this approach. “I consider deductions from wages due to quarantine to be wrong. Not all unvaccinated people are Querdenker; we have simply not yet reached many with our campaign. Sick people must not be punished for misconduct, and certainly not for not vaccinating,” writes the SPD politician Karl Lauterbach on Twitter.
“#Spahn finds wage cuts for unvaccinated people in #quarantine fair. I think that’s lying, because Spahn has always excluded a #vaccination requirement. Vaccinated or unvaccinated: no one may have their wages reduced if they protect others through quarantine,” said a tweet by left-wing politician Sahra Wagenknecht.