Hoffmann said: “The order of the day is: vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate, adhere to hygiene concepts, enable home office.” A third wave must be avoided at all costs. “That is why there must be no opening and loosening too early.” Rapid tests could help to identify the infection process promptly on site and to initiate targeted measures. “Companies in border regions can also help prevent border closings by testing their workforce.”
But: “In no case should politics impose these costs on the health insurance companies,” warned Hoffmann. “Pandemic costs are to be paid as costs for society as a whole from tax revenues, not from the contributions of the legally insured.” The same applies to the pandemic-related child sickness benefit.