Lauterbach sees more corona protection measures for autumn

Berlin (dpa) – Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach sees the need for stronger protective measures for the fall.

With the current rules of the Infection Protection Act, one will certainly not make ends meet, said the SPD politician with a view to the expected higher number of infections. In view of the vaccination gaps that still exist, one cannot go into autumn without a mask requirement. Lauterbach pointed out that the law had to be addressed anyway because it expired on September 23. “The scope for easing has been completely used up.”

“Have to expect increasing numbers of infections in autumn”

After the failure of a general corona vaccination obligation, doctors also fear that the pandemic will escalate again in autumn – up to and including new lockdowns. “The fact is that we have to expect the number of infections to increase again in autumn,” said Gerald Gaß, CEO of the German Hospital Society (DKG), of the “Augsburger Allgemeine”. “Politicians must prepare for this today in order to avoid overloading the health system.”

The Secretary General of the German Immunological Society, Carsten Watzl, explained in the newspaper: “The worst that could happen was no agreement at all.” Considerations for a new attempt at compulsory vaccination would come too late. “A vaccination that would only be decided in the fall would hardly have an acute effect on the upcoming wave, and you would have to take other countermeasures.”

“Germany will be in a bad position for the fall”

The chairman of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, stated in the same newspaper: “Germany will be in a bad position for next fall.” If many more people don’t get vaccinated, “we’ll be talking and arguing about lockdown and contact restrictions again next fall and winter.”

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However, vaccinations have come to a standstill. The weekly average is a good 36,000 a day – at the beginning of the campaign it was sometimes over a million.

“In the end, this is about human lives”

Lothar Wieler, head of the Robert Koch Institute, repeated his vaccination appeals at a joint press conference with Lauterbach and emphasized: “Vaccination cannot always protect against infection, against contagion. But if many people are vaccinated, the risk of infection is also reduced.” Even after an infection, the vaccination continues to protect against severe or fatal courses and also against long-term consequences. “Even if you have already been infected, get vaccinated anyway, so you can achieve the best possible protection.” The booster vaccination is particularly important, and Wieler also urgently recommended the second booster for vulnerable groups.

Wieler also advised people to wear masks on their own responsibility, especially indoors, and to stay at home if they had symptoms to protect particularly vulnerable people. “At the end of the day, this is about human lives. Let’s take care of each other together and look positively to the future,” says Wieler.

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