On September 22, 2021, the German states decided that beginning November 1, 2021, unvaccinated employees who are required to quarantine because they have been in close contact with a COVID-19 patient will no longer be eligible for wage compensation payments.
Section 56 of the Infectious Diseases Protection Act provides that an employee who is required to quarantine because of exposure to COVID-19 or another infectious disease will receive a salary subsidy for up to six weeks in the amount of his or her regular salary. The employer can claim reimbursement from the state. However, the salary subsidy will not be paid if the quarantine could have been prevented by getting a recommended or required vaccination or by not going on a trip to a COVID-19 high-risk area.
The exception to the general rule that people who were ordered to quarantine would receive wage subsidies was inserted into the Infectious Diseases Protection Act in February 2020. The exception has so far not been applied because there were not enough vaccines available. Some states, such as Baden-Wuerttemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia, have announced that they would start applying the exception earlier than November 1, 2021, as every person in the state has by now received a vaccination offer.
The salary subsidy will still be paid, regardless of vaccination status, if a person cannot be vaccinated due to medical reasons or is infected with COVID-19.
COVID-19 Vaccination and Infection Numbers in GermanyAs of October 7, 2021, 68.4% of the German population have been vaccinated at least once, whereas 65.0% have been fully vaccinated. There are 124,700 active COVID-19 cases, 94,027 individuals have died, and 4,064,600 people have recovered.