Written by Staff Writer
Talent agency AMV BBDO in Berlin announced on Wednesday that its Gdynia office has banned the vaccination of any people under the age of 18 from attending its events.
In a blog post the agency said: “It’s either this or missing out on everything important to us. In that regard, we don’t judge people who can’t. However, we do ask you, the brand agency partners and our clients, to make an informed choice. For that, we’re offering the option of one child to choose whether to be vaccinated.”
The agency, which also owns the successful German agency Kinetica, said that any clients or partners wanting their employees to be vaccinated are welcome to work elsewhere.
Several other Berlin-based agencies including BrandCom, Shores and Engle have taken similar measures.
Only adults can attend school concerts and non-school events. But it seems even that is breaking the law — not since the 1980s has Germany banned the unvaccinated from attending a school concert. But now Hamburg has done so.
Just like the rest of Germany, Hamburg announced on October 12 that “all restaurants and other venues located within an 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) radius from a school, where there are fewer than 100 pupils in the attendance, will close to the public and remain empty and shutters will be shut until Monday, October 22.”
In addition to the second wave of cases in Hamburg, a total of 59 cases of polio have been confirmed in adults across three other states, sparking concern across the country and throwing its vaccination record into question.
Meanwhile in Berlin, the number of cases of Marburgicordis, a disease that typically affects young children, has doubled in 2018.
But politicians have defended the decision to ban the unvaccinated from unlicensed venues, arguing that it is better for the health of the population.
“Covid is a disease with terrible consequences… It causes patients to go into coma, brain damage, and then the whole body soon begins to shut down. It’s a real disaster,” Albrecht Frager, who sits on the center-left SPD party’s youth wing, told RTL news in September.
“We must all stand together and defend our children and look after them. That goes for parents, authorities, the government, and right up to the private company that rented the building.”
Parents are urged to take their children to a qualified doctor if they are unvaccinated, but the chance of getting the disease is roughly 1 in 40 million, according to the ministry of health and primary health care of Bavaria.