As South Africa mulls over the idea of implementing mandatory COVID-19 jabs, Germany appears to have put their own mandatory vaccinations in place.
“A lockdown of the unvaccinated” will soon take effect in the European nation, a move that was announced by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s successor, Olaf Scholz.
“Culture and leisure nationwide will be open only to those who have been vaccinated or recovered (from Covid),” Merkel stated.
These new measures will see unvaccinated individuals turned away from restaurants and bars, movie theatres, gyms, non-essential shops, and Christmas markets, reports Business Insider.
According to The Guardian, the daily new infections in Germany have skyrocketed, breaking records in recent weeks. Approximately 73 209 new cases were recorded in the past 24 hours with a surge in deaths seeing a dramatic spike in the rolling seven-day average of just over 10 a day in August to nearly 300 this week.
The plan is currently in motion as Germany’s ethics council issues formal guidance on a vaccine mandate before the Bundestag would vote on the legislation before the end of the year. If passed, the measures will be implemented from February.