After the head of the agricultural group Baywa AG, Klaus Josef Lutz, rushed ahead on Wednesday and suggested buying unused doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine for his employees, more and more large German companies are now following suit. Deutsche Telekom, Henkel, Continental, Covestro and Deutsche Post: Many German DAX companies would be willing to offer vaccinations against the coronavirus for their own employees – provided that the legal requirements are in place and the supply situation in Germany with vaccines is guaranteed. That was the result of a survey by NewsABC.net among the Dax 30 companies. At Fresenius and Deutsche Wohnen they are already vaccinated. According to research by the newspaper “Welt”, Allianz, Adidas, Deutsche Bank and Axel Springer, which also includes NewsABC.net, want to promote vaccination in companies.
But what does the population think if companies buy unused AstraZeneca vaccination cans for their own employees and vaccinate themselves?
Around 65 percent of citizens are in favor of vaccination by companies
The market research institute Civey inquired about this exclusively for NewsABC.nets. Around 5,000 participants were surveyed between March 4th and 5th. The survey shows: 64.8 percent of those questioned are in favor of such a project.
Regardless of age, professional status and political orientation, there is a majority approval in all target groups. However, respondents over 65 years of age and CDU / CSU voters are particularly in favor of the idea.
The approval evaluated according to the professional position does not differ particularly strongly. There tend to be fewer civil servants than employees of private companies for vaccinating employees by corporations.
The proposals come from a debate about the Federal Republic’s speed of vaccination strategy, which is often criticized as being too slow. According to the Ministry of Health, over a million doses of the AstraZeneca corona vaccine remain unused because the vaccine was initially not recommended for people over 65 by the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko). The latter had since corrected their recommendation and now recommends the vaccine for the elderly.