Joint vaccination appeal by employers' president Dulger and DGB chairman Hoffmann
Berlin, 20 August 2021: Germany has come a long way in the fight against the Corona pandemic. Vaccination is and remains the best way out of the pandemic. Every vaccinated person helps to fight the spread of Covid-19 and to return to more normality in private and working life.
Company doctors are also part of the vaccination campaign. Millions of employees have been vaccinated by company doctors in recent weeks. In total, more than 5 million vaccination doses have been given to company doctors. This has helped to spread the vaccination campaign and reach even more people. This has once again led to a forward thrust.
However, for some time now we have been following with concern a levelling off of the vaccination momentum. We have to be careful not to lose what we have achieved. More aggressive virus variants in particular are causing the incidence figures to rise again. Therefore, we cannot and must not be satisfied with the current vaccination rate.
We social partners have lived up to our responsibility towards our companies and employees in recent months. With pandemic plans, diverse regulations on mobile working and data protection, test offers and collective agreements to mitigate the effects of the Corona crisis, we have maintained economic life despite the difficult conditions and made workplaces safe places.
As social partners, we therefore appeal once again to all employers and employees in Germany: continue to be prudent and responsible. Continue to help protect people in the workplace from infection. As employers, offer your employees in-company vaccinations and tests wherever possible. At the same time, we appeal to employees to accept the vaccination and testing offers and thus contribute to a high vaccination rate and a high level of protection.