July 24, 2021

Should we force caregivers to be vaccinated against Covid-19? The government launches a consultation

Vaccination is the center of attention, especially that of caregivers: after the government set a target on Tuesday “At least 80%” nursing home staff and hospitals vaccinated against Covid “By September”, otherwise would be open “The way of an obligation”, Jean Castex announced on Wednesday June 30 that he would launch ” in the coming days “ consultation with associations of local elected representatives and the presidents of parliamentary groups on this issue.

This consultation, which aims to involve those who are “To maneuver”, will first focus on “The issue of compulsory vaccination for caregivers” more ” too “ on the “Use of the health pass to encourage even more people to be vaccinated” and “Questions of isolation” people sick with Covid-19, the prime minister told the Senate.

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Mr. Castex was arrested by Claude Malhuret, president of the Les Indépendants group, who, noting that “Many scientists advise compulsory vaccination” nursing staff, questioned the relevance “To consider decisions in this direction before the fall”. “The risk is clear: that of a fourth wave in the fall”, due in particular to the propagation of the Delta variant, further warned Mr. Malhuret.

“I am like all French people, shocked (…) when we see the epidemic reintroducing itself (…) through those whose vocation it is to protect and treat. This is not admissible ”, replied Mr. Castex, referring in particular to the recent case of a cluster in a nursing home in the Landes, a department in which the restrictions are maintained at least until July 6.

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“Insufficient” ratio

Noting that “Only 55% of professionals have received at least one dose” in nursing homes and long-term care units (USLD), the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, and the Minister responsible for autonomy, Brigitte Bourguignon, considered that this ratio was ” insufficient “, in a letter addressed to the directors of hospitals and retirement homes dated Monday.

The executive can already count on the support of the Hospital Federation of France (FHF), which called on Wednesday in a statement to “Compulsory vaccination for health professionals and all those in contact with patients”, leave for that to “Consider legislative measures”. While “There are many indications that the epidemic situation could deteriorate again from September”, the FHF argues in particular that “The vaccination of professionals contributes to not destabilizing the teams in the event of an epidemic resumption”.

Professor Jean-François Delfraissy, president of the scientific council, also admitted, Wednesday morning, that he had ” change of opinion “ on this topic : “I was against the obligation, but it seems to me that now, we have reached the level where we will have to [l’]consider “, he declared on France Inter.

The World with AFP