Unvaccinated people could lose their unemployment benefits

Unvaccinated people could lose unemployment benefits under certain circumstances

Nationwide, the vaccination rate is declining again. An average of just over 3.5 million vaccinations per week will be achieved. So the chancellor’s ambitious goal of 10 million vaccinations per week in January will be missed by a long way.

Source: WORLD/ Alina Quast

T he head of the Federal Employment Agency, Detlef Scheele, sees consequences for the labor market if a general Corona vaccination is introduced. If there was a general obligation to vaccinate and violations were associated with legal consequences, "employers could reject an applicant because he is not vaccinated or recovered," Scheele told the newspapers of the Funke-Mediengruppe. "We as a federal agency must then also check whether a lack of vaccination leads to a blocking period."A blocking period means that an unemployed person does not receive unemployment benefits for a certain period of time.

The SPD parliamentary group also has its eye on the consequences for the labor market. "We are currently examining very closely, together with the Federal Ministry of Labor, whether we should make vaccination mandatory for employers," health policy spokeswoman Heike Baehrens told the "Stuttgarter Zeitung" and "Stuttgarter Nachrichten" newspaper. "It would probably be more effective than a fine if health authorities banned unvaccinated employees from entering their company – but I can hardly imagine that for the entire labor market, rather for certain industries and institutions," she continued.

At the same time, however, the goal is "that the vaccination requirement works and companies can go about their business again without staff shortages". A spokeswoman for the Federal Ministry of Labor told the two newspapers that with regard to the consequences under labor law, "discussions are currently taking place within the Federal Government". Scheele had explained that the vaccination status of employees currently has de facto no effect on the labor market, "because there is currently no corresponding legal basis".

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