Here are how many violations are reported by the 20 largest cities in Germany

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Vaccination violations in the 20 largest German cities: Hannover on the front line

To date, more than 47,000 violations of mandatory vaccination in the health sector have been reported to health authorities in Germany’s 20 largest cities. However, there has not been a single case of fines or entry bans. This was the result of a request from the German publishing network (RND) to the municipalities. According to this, clinics, retirement and nursing homes and other health facilities have reported 47,263 violations to health authorities. The numbers could continue to grow over the next few months, for example if the recovered status expires and staff continue not to be vaccinated.

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Most of these are located in Berlin (6541), the most populous city, followed by Munich (5330) and Dresden (4821). In relation to the number of inhabitants, it can be seen that Dresden has by far the most unvaccinated health workers. There are 867 cases reported per 100,000 inhabitants. “Some evidence is still being provided,” Dresden health department head Frank Bauer told the RND. “The numbers are below the initially expected ratios,” Bauer explained. However, there has been an increase in the vaccination rate for senior staff in Saxony.

After Dresden, Bonn and Hanover follow with the highest number of reports of unvaccinated health workers, measured in terms of population. The fewest violations relative to the number of inhabitants were reported in Dortmund and Duisburg. “It cannot be ruled out that there will still be isolated late registrations,” said Dortmund. In addition to the expiration of the recovered status, it states that unvaccinated staff may return from parental leave or a longer illness. Other cities also have to deal with this.

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Vaccination is mandatory, but still no sanctions

Since March 16, vaccination is mandatory in the health system. But despite numerous reported cases, health authorities in Germany’s 20 largest cities have not yet imposed sanctions on unvaccinated employees. Most offices give reported individuals four weeks to present proof of vaccination or recovery or medical confirmation that they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.

However, there are differences in the deadline and consequences: in Cologne and Bochum, for example, unvaccinated people only have two weeks to report to the health department. “If no corresponding evidence is provided within this period, a fine can be imposed,” a spokesman for the city of Cologne told the RND.

Before there are consequences, some big cities want to send a second letter to the people who are reported. Frankfurt wants to use it to advertise consultancy services, ask Hanover for proof again and then there should be a fine.

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Other cities, on the other hand, do not want to impose a fine after the deadline, but directly issue bans on activities and entry. There are no plans to impose fines, according to Münster, for example. Asked by RND, the cities of Düsseldorf, Essen and Hamburg also spoke only of a ban on activities or entry and not of a possible fine. However, all cities stressed that precise sanctions are always decided on a case-by-case basis.

Sanctions threatened since mid-May

The city of Berlin was reluctant to comment on the possible consequences. “If there is no risk of a supply risk, health authorities will initiate a fine procedure,” a spokeswoman for the Senate Department of Health told the RND. Whether there is a ban on activities “as a last resort” is at the discretion of the respective health department.

It will likely take until mid-May before the deadline for re-enrollment expires and the health authorities will investigate the first cases. Then the cities could impose the first fines or bans on entry and activity.

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