German intelligence agency warns mandatory vaccinations will boost anti-vaccines
German intelligence agencies fear further radicalization of anti-vaccines if countries go ahead with vaccination mandates.
The Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), the German intelligence agency tasked with monitoring threats to democratic order, has warned that any effort to make vaccination compulsory would lead to further radicalization within the anti-democratic community. -vaccination.
Thomas Strobl, chairman of Germany’s interior ministers, said on Saturday that the BfV had warned that “compulsory vaccinations would strengthen the aggressive stance” of those who oppose vaccination.
Germany’s parliament will vote to make vaccinations compulsory for healthcare and nursing home workers later this month, while Olaf Scholz, the new chancellor, will hold a conscience vote on compulsory vaccinations for all of the population at the start of the new year.
The European vaccine pass framework, seen as central to keeping infection rates low and encouraging vaccination, has also been undermined by a trade in falsified and falsified vaccination certificates.
As vaccination certificates control entry to restaurants, bars, events and allow travel to dozens of European countries, the increasingly lucrative trade has allowed anti-vaccines to bypass the system.
European Parliament vice-president Nicola Beer told Germany’s Tageschau that the problem is particularly acute in Germany, where vaccination rates are low and anti-vaccination movements are strong.
âA look at the numbers in some parts of Germany shows that we have hundreds of examples of counterfeiting – all warning lights need to be on,â she said.
“The (Covid) situation is so dire across Europe that we simply cannot allow some to sneak proof of vaccination with three clicks on the internet and buy it.”
Despite jail terms and fines for those who forged or used forged certificates, fake vaccination passes are available online for as little as â¬ 50 (Â£ 43), with some operators offering discounts on purchases in fat.
A Munich pharmacist has been accused of forging and selling more than 1,000 fake vaccination passes a day, doing so at night when the pharmacy was closed.