Covid-19: “The state does not have the right not to oblige us”, in Munich the new announcements of the German government divide

At Marienplatz, in the heart of Munich in Germany, where one of the many Christmas markets is usually held, annules this year, as everywhere in the region, the big illuminated tree is there, the crowd, the street musicians try to make resistance. But it’s hard to forget the Covid-19 vaccination center, right next door, installed on the ground floor of City Hall.

Germany is going on the offensive in the face of the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic. On Thursday, December 2, the 16 regions in the country agreed to tighten restrictions on unvaccinated people. The future Chancellor Olaf Scholz seems determined to impose the vaccine obligation against Covid-19 in February or March. An announcement more or less well accepted in Bavaria, one of the regions most severely affected at present.

Franck, in his forties, comes for the booster dose. He is not opposed to the vaccination obligation but he specifies that this must be limited to vaccination against Covid-19. “If we want to get out of this we have to do it. I agree to a temporary obligation”, he said.

Marienplatz in Munich without its Christmas market canceled due to Covid-19.  (BENJAMIN ILLY / RADIO FRANCE)

Simone, 50, has already been vaccinated and is coming for her teenage son. She agrees with the vaccine requirement. “I need my freedom, I want to travel, do something other than stay in my apartment. We have a small apartment here in Munich, three rooms with two boys”, she says.

A sign that the epidemic is gaining ground, everywhere in town there are queues in front of pharmacies to be tested. David, 38, is vaccinated, he explains having done it because, according to him, the government has put the pressure. “I had to get tested all the time, it was too complicated on a daily basis”, explains David. He is totally opposed to the vaccine obligation, “The state does not have the right not to force us to take a drug. No one should be vaccinated against their will. It is totalitarianism, we do not want it here”, he judges.

The vaccination rate in Bavaria is one of the lowest in Germany, less than 67%. The incidence rate is one of the highest, nearly 563 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Covid-19: In Germany, Bavaria faces restrictions against unvaccinated – Report by Benjamin Illy

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