COVID-19: Wäre eine Impfpflicht rechtlich möglich?

Translated title of the contribution: COVID-19: Would compulsory vaccination be legally possible?: Would compulsory vaccination be legally possible?

Fabian Simon Frielitz*, Isabel Viola Wagner, Denis Martin Schewe, Klara Bothe

*Corresponding author for this work

Abstract

As the pandemic continues, there is increasing hope vaccinations are becoming available. As a solution for a nationwide immunization against the virus, a compulsory vaccination is repeatedly discussed. However, some opponents of vaccination are threatened by the idea of a possible mandatory vaccination. It is therefore necessary to discuss whether such a compulsory vaccination is theoretically legally enforceable. This article discusses the current legal situation in Germany. The introduction of a potential compulsory vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 virus represents an encroachment on the fundamental right of physical integrity. According to § 20 (6) IfSG, a protective vaccination for threatened parts of the population is permissible by statutory order, if a transmissible disease with clinically severe courses occurs and its epidemic spread can be expected.

Translated title of the contributionCOVID-19: Would compulsory vaccination be legally possible?: Would compulsory vaccination be legally possible?
Original languageGerman
JournalDeutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Volume146
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)206-208
Number of pages3
ISSN0012-0472
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01.02.2021

Research Areas and Centers

  • Research Area: Center for Population Medicine and Public Health (ZBV)

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 205-02 Public Health, Health Services Research and Social Medicine
  • 204-05 Immunology

Coronavirus related work

  • Research on SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19

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