Reactions also in Germany
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has stated that he does not agree with the establishment of certificates at the European level under which people vaccinated against COVID-19 can travel.
The Greek prime minister on Tuesday proposed the use of the Covid-19 vaccination certificate throughout the European Union, to facilitate travel affected by the pandemic. According to the proposal submitted by Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the certificate can be used to ride in any means of transport.
“I do not think it is a good idea. Must have a vaccination certificate, but must be used for medical purposes and not for travel. This is important information for the GP or someone else if the person is in an emergency. “However, I do not find it fair to use these certificates to divide the European population in two,” Klaus Iohannis argued.
In a letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis proposed expanding the program across the EU.
“For countries like Greece, which depend on tourism, it is imperative to solve this problem before the summer season,” the Greek Prime Minister wrote in his letter.
There have been similar reactions in Germany, such as that of Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil, who is adamant against compulsory vaccination, as Tagesschau wrote. “At the moment, speculation about compulsory vaccinations is meaningless,” the Social Democrat politician told RTL and NTV as he believes there can be no compulsory vaccination.
Compulsory vaccination would limit an individual’s fundamental constitutional rights to contractual freedom and private independence, says Steffen Augsberg, a law professor at the University of Giessen. “It is inconceivable that those in charge of a café or a cinema should be forced to distinguish between vaccinated and unvaccinated people,” said the German professor.
Even without proper adjustments, Augsberg refuses “mandatory backdoor vaccination,” as he called it. “If individuals want to provide benefits to those who have been vaccinated, it does not mean that the state is obliged to make vaccination mandatory. “Constitutionally, solidarity means that those who have been vaccinated must also allow those who have not been vaccinated to return to public life,” the professor told ARD.