Opinion: How would you describe Germany’s vaccine repellent?

The German vaccine campaign has been suspended for quite some time.

Between mid-June and mid-July, 10 million people got their first jab. Between mid-July and mid-August, that number dropped to an additional 2 million initial timers. This leaves 35% of the unvaccinated population (though this includes children under the age of 12).

Attempts to motivate adults to get jabs are becoming more and more imaginative.

The latest stunt is the Berlin S-Bahn train, where you can get an inoculation with a quick glance at the city (probably the main novelty is the fact that the car is disinfected and does not smell like sewer once. I have.)

This initiative is very popular and suggests that some strange (young) people have not yet been vaccinated.But anyone who thinks such stunts solve low vaccination is misunderstanding among unvaccinated people: they have not booked a promise from oblivion, they Reject Get vaccinated.

It is useful to see where Refusenik lives. The states with the lowest vaccine intake are all in the east.

In Saxony, only 51 percent of the population is currently vaccinated.It’s worth noting given the fact that the eastern states had Much The most dead compared to its population.but Initiative to give free bratwurst to saxonians Their BionTech couldn’t seduce enough people at Hausmannskost’s house.

Thuringia, which was hit hard by the winter waves, has little success with a 55% vaccination rate.

On the other side of the scale, Germany’s smallest city-state in Bremen, with the lowest mortality rate, vaccinates 70% of its population.

The fact that Bremen leads the puck challenges some established clichés. Is low vaccine intake related to poverty? Bremen is the poorest place in the country. Also, Bremen’s large immigrant population does not easily fit into the story of immigrants suspecting vaccines.

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So what explains the low absorption in East Germany?

In one school, AfD voting Osis Whatever Berlin’s pandemic policy, if the government had lived a normal life, they would have mourned and taken the flooded emergency medical stations to the streets.

Another school believes that the experience of totalitarianism has made East Germans value freedom more than West Germans. In this reading, the blockade that invaded the privacy of people’s homes was a pandemic response to the type of hearing impaired that only West Germans could come up with.

The second argument is not without merit.

East Germany has imposed essential vaccines on its population for many diseases, from polio to measles. Volksgesundheit Defeated the individual rights of communist countries. Or, as historian Malte Thiessen recently told broadcaster MDR, “in the eyes of state leaders, those who refused vaccination rejected socialism.”

GDR had remarkable success in its early vaccine campaign and wiped out polio while still killing dozens of children in West Germany. But ubiquitous public health campaigns, including holiday camps (does it sound familiar?), Schools, and corporate vaccines, have caused fatigue for the general public. Vaccines were often ineffective, and some illnesses were found to be too stubborn to be wiped out, further exacerbating their fatigue.

By the late 1980s, GDR had a focus on public health, but life expectancy in the east was three years behind the west.

Of course, explaining the hesitation of vaccines in East German history alone is too reducing. After all, East Germans are not the only ones who dislike it. Ignoring the Prime Minister’s warning, only 58 percent of Bavarian people had jabs. Manner Inchief Markus Söder.

The pros and cons are that more than 3 million Germans over the age of 60 have not accepted vaccination offers. They mysteriously ignore the danger of being exposed to winter.

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Meanwhile, the government will boost vaccine allocation by encouraging teenagers, whose viruses are as dangerous as lung infections that have existed for decades, to run out of some of the excess. And. Impfstoff..

However, jabbing teens stops unvaccinated pensioners from catching Covid and getting seriously ill, as the virus can be transmitted while still vaccinated. I have no intention. If anything, it will solidify their suspicion that universal vaccine campaigns are politically motivated.

So what should the government do if the number of cases increases in the fall? Is it obligatory to protect the elderly who choose not to protect themselves? If so, how should it be?

One thing is certain: Berlin’s preferred tools of blockade and invasion of personal liberty have the paradoxical effect of establishing opposition to medical inventions that may help older Germans survive. Will bring.

Jörg Luyken is the creator of German review..You can sign up for his biweekly newsletter on German current affairs here.. Opinion: How would you describe Germany’s vaccine repellent?

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