Berlin, Nov 25: The support for a general vaccine mandate continues to grow in Germany while the number of new cases continues to climb, putting strain on the country’s health care system.
Incoming Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Wednesday his coalition was considering making vaccines mandatory for certain key workers but stopped short of a blanket obligation.
Germany’s total coronavirus death toll passed 100,000 on Thursday. At the same time, some hospitals are at the point of being overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients.
Public support for the general vaccine mandate has grown, reaching 69% in favor according to a recent YouGov poll, with only 23% saying they opposed such a move.
Currently, just 68.1% of the German population is fully vaccinated, with the share falling to just 57.8% in the eastern state of Saxony, one of the worst-hit at present.
Some leading lawmakers, such as…