ARCHIV - 17.06.2022, Berlin: Karl Lauterbach (SPD), Bundesminister für Gesundheit, spricht bei einer Pressekonferenz zur Corona-Lage im Sommer in der Bundespressekonferenz. (zu dpa: «Lauterbach empfiehlt vierte Corona-Impfung auch unter 60 Jahren») Foto: Michael Kappeler/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) has met with criticism with his recommendation for a fourth vaccination for people under 60 years of age.

“Again, Lauterbach is advancing with private assessments without having asked science and without having included the coalition partners,” said Stephan Pilsinger, political spokesman for health of the CSU state group in the Bundestag, the Tagesspiegel.

“That’s a slap in the face for the Stiko, whose professional judgment should prevail. Lauterbach unsettles the population and stirs up fear unnecessarily. That is irresponsible for a federal minister.” Lauterbach had told the “Spiegel”: “If someone wanted to enjoy the summer and not take any risks”, he would also recommend the fourth vaccination to younger people, provided the family doctor had no objections.