BERLIN (LifeSiteNews) –A majority of German MPs have rejected a bill to make vaccination against COVID-19 mandatory for citizens over 60.
Out of the 683 MPs gathered at the German parliament for the Thursday vote, 378 voted against the measure, 296 said they were in favor, and 9 abstained.
The rejected bill had been pushed through by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his health minister Karl Lauterbach who, back in March, blamed the unvaccinated for ongoing COVID restrictions, saying that they were “currently responsible for us not getting anywhere.”
The proposal was referred to as a “compromise” by members from the so called “traffic light coalition” composed of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Greens, as it would have made vaccination mandatory for people over 60 only.
Had the bill passed, it would have meant that everyone over 60 would have been required to show proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 by October 15. The bill would have also imposed a compulsory “counselling session on vaccination” for all citizens between 18-59 years of age by May 15.
One party which made its opposition to the vaccine mandate heard loud and clear was the Alternative for Germany (AfD) which voted unanimously against the bill.
In a speech preceding the vote, AfD leader Alice Weidel described the mandate as “totalitarian” and “radically unconstitutional.”
Her sentiments were shared by senior member of the FDP Wolfgang Kubicki who argued that “it is not the job of this house to protect adults against their own will.”
The results of the vote were welcomed by thunderous applause from the AfD faction. Leader Weidel tweeted: “Without the votes from the AfD, mandatory vaccination would now be a reality. The coalition was 40 votes short of reaching a majority [for its proposal]. This is a victory for freedom, which would not have been possible without the AfD. It makes me proud to belong to this faction.”
Ohne die Gegenstimmen der #AfD-Fraktion wäre die Impfpflicht zur Realität geworden. Der Ampel fehlten mehr als 40 Stimmen, um eine Mehrheit zu erreichen. Ein Erfolg für die Freiheit, den auch die AfD möglich gemacht hat. #GesetzDerSchande #Lauterbach #Impfpflicht #Herbst
— Alice Weidel (@Alice_Weidel) April 7, 2022
Health Minister Karl Lauterbach expressed his concerns on Twitter following the rejection of his bill, warning of a “harder fight” against COVID next fall.
The German health minister frequently hints at an upcoming end-of-year COVID wave in his defence for mandatory vaccination.
“It is a very important decision because now the fight against corona in Autumn has become much more difficult. Laying political blame does not help. We move on,” tweeted Lauterbach.
Einziger Gesetzentwurf, der die allgemeine Impfpflicht gebracht hätte, ist gerade gescheitert. Es ist eine sehr wichtige Entscheidung, denn jetzt wird die Bekämpfung von Corona im Herbst viel schwerer werden. Es helfen keine politischen Schuldzuweisungen. Wir machen weiter
— Prof. Karl Lauterbach (@Karl_Lauterbach) April 7, 2022
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