The majority of Germans are in favor of mandatory vaccination against Covid-19, expressing concern mainly about the possibility of infection of the elderly and unvaccinated children.
According to the weekly “DeutschlandTrend” on behalf of the first channel of the German public television ARD, 57% of respondents are in favor of a general vaccination obligation for citizens over 18 years, while 39% are against such an option. Last August, on the same question, citizens were divided, with 46% in favor of compulsory vaccination and 50% against. In the various occupations, 74% believe that vaccination of workers in the health and elderly care sectors should be made mandatory.
The majority of supporters of compulsory vaccination come from the Christian Union (CDU / CSU) with 73% and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) with 71%. They are followed by the Greens with 56% and the Liberals (FDP) with 53%. Among left-wing voters, 55% oppose compulsory vaccination, as do 71% of Alternative for Germany (AfD) voters.
In the same poll, 57% of respondents worry that young children who have not yet been vaccinated could be infected, while 62% express the same fear for the elderly, who may get sick more seriously than the vaccine. Also 57% believe that, due to the epidemiological development, public life will most likely be restricted again in the near future and 58% that the health system will reach its limits again. 46% of respondents consider the measures taken depending on the situation. Only 32% gave the same answer a month ago. But 29% of Germans believe that adequate protection measures are not being taken, compared to 13% who believed the same a month ago.