Employers should be able to query the immunization status of their employees wherever particularly vulnerable people are treated or where many people congregate in a confined space. But there are restrictions.
Union and SPD parliamentary groups agreed on Thursday with the federal government that employers should have the right to obtain information on the vaccination or convalescent status of their employees – but only in selected, particularly endangered areas such as nursing homes. This emerges from the draft amendment to the Infection Protection Act, which the Bundestag is due to adopt on Tuesday. Appropriate drafting assistance for the request to change government groups was available to the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
The project specifies that employers will now be authorized to process “the personal data of an employee concerning his vaccination and his serological status” with regard to Covid-19, “in order to decide on the establishment of an employment relationship or the manual” . This relaxation of health data protection is limited to institutions and companies in which people who are particularly at risk of Corona are treated or where many people simply meet in a limited space: retirement homes and retirement homes, establishments for the disabled. with disabilities, accommodation for the homeless and asylum seekers, mass accommodation such as that for There are seasonal workers, care services, prisons and schools as well as day care centers, homes and camps for vacation. Vaccination surveys are already possible in hospitals, outpatient care and doctor’s offices.
A prerequisite for the vaccination request is that the Bundestag has determined the epidemic urgency – and that the request itself “to prevent the spread of coronavirus-2019 disease” is required.
Employers had demanded a general right to inquire about vaccination status throughout the duration of the pandemic. Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) made it clear on Friday that he too would have liked more. “For example, for work in an open plan office and for the organization of work, it makes sense for the employer to know the vaccination status in each case,” he said on Deutschlandfunk. Economy Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) also said he was convinced “that additional measures are necessary and necessary”. On the other hand, the Social Democrats had slowed down. SPD health politician Sabine Dittmar on Friday called the compromise “correct”, but stressed that employees have a fundamental right to withhold information about health issues.