It is one of the words of this crisis: solidarity. For a year now, the many have been practicing solidarity with the few. They wear masks, only leave the house for four (or five?) Reasons, and forego school, celebrations, friends and family. All of this so that vulnerable groups – the elderly and people with previous illnesses – are spared the virus as much as possible.
And yes, now, when those in need of protection have been vaccinated, it’s their turn to practice solidarity: vacationing, shopping and going through everyday life without a mask because you are already immunized? A society that is already under pressure can take that hard. (Not to mention the difficult question of how you can tell whether the maskless subway passenger is actually vaccinated against you or just a brazen corona denier.) In times like these, not only legal arguments should count. The economic one is also doubtful: Do we really believe – casually speaking – that the vaccinated 85-year-old nursing home resident will now save consumption?
If you want to stop a division in society, you need a sure instinct. Not least because those who are not vaccinated are threatened with double discrimination: they are only denied the freedoms that others could enjoy again, because they are, according to the national vaccination plan – there it is again, solidarity! – not yet able to get vaccinated. (Whether or not they will be given to Pfizer is also out of their power.) The only way out: The government has to get the vaccines going before we get into conflict.
– by Christoph Schwarz