ARCHIV - 26.04.2017, Köln: ILLUSTRATION - Ein Impfausweis mit bescheinigtem Masernschutz liegt auf einem Tisch. (zu dpa: «Ministerium: Masern-Impfpflicht an Schulen für Tausende Beschäftigte») Foto: Marius Becker/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

To protect against contagious measles, the second stage of the compulsory vaccination for schools and day-care centers introduced two years ago is now taking effect. The deadline for submitting vaccination certificates for children and employees who were already in the facilities on March 1, 2020 ends on Sunday.

The deadline was originally supposed to expire on July 31 of last year. However, it was then extended twice because the Corona crisis made processes more difficult. Since March 2020, the obligation has applied to new admissions to daycare centers and schools.

In view of the Corona summer wave, the counties had warned of further burdens on many health authorities due to the measles vaccination requirement. The offices are not only involved in the fight against the pandemic, but also in this context, explained the German district association.

In view of the current workload, the Federal Ministry of Health has been asked to postpone the detection deadline for measles vaccinations to January 1, 2023.

The measles vaccination requirement applies to community facilities where many people come together. Since March 1, 2020, proof has been required in day care centers or schools for children at least one year old before they can be admitted: with a vaccination certificate, with the yellow examination booklet or a medical certificate if the child has already had measles.

Proof of children and employees who were already in the facilities on March 1, 2020 must now also be available by Sunday. If this does not happen, the management must notify the health department, which decides on a case-by-case basis whether there are bans on activities or entry.