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Karl Lauterbach: Use in the Leverkusen vaccination center canceled

Karl Lauterbach is a trained doctor and has been a member of the Bundestag since 2005.

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The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach has canceled his planned service in a Leverkusen vaccination center. “Unfortunately there have been so many announced protests against the Leverkusen vaccination center in advance that I have to cancel the start first. Police and security authorities saw a threat, ”Lauterbach tweeted on Friday. The politician had previously announced that “like all members of the vaccination center” he would be vaccinated with the Astrazeneca vaccine.

“Since I do not want to endanger either the great colleagues or the operation of the center, I withdraw. However, it is a shame how strong the influence of radical minorities on our actions is now growing, ”wrote Lauterbach on Friday on Twitter.

At the request of NewsABC.net, the city of Leverkusen announced that the police had drawn attention to a meeting of the city’s crisis team that a possible police operation could not be ruled out. Demonstrations by lateral thinkers were conceivable.

The city said that against the background of safety concerns and in view of the risk that operations could be restricted in the event of incidents at the vaccination center, Lauterbach was asked to renounce his work as a vaccination doctor. This was also communicated to the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, which was responsible for appointing doctors in the vaccination center. Like all employees at the vaccination center, Lauterbach would have been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

In response to a request from NewsABC.net, the SPD politician said he did not yet know whether he wanted to make up for his work at the vaccination center. “All in all, it’s a shame that the mood has changed so much.” He went on to say: “Since I don’t want to provoke or endanger anyone, it may well be that I completely forego working as a vaccination doctor.”

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