The CPAS of the capital advocate compulsory vaccination of all people working in nursing homes or day care centers.
Two days before a new meeting of the Consultative Committee, the Federation of Brussels CPASs called on Wednesday “urgently for a prompt and resolute implementation of the vaccination obligation for healthcare providers”.
“Considering the mortality recorded during the previous waves, it would be contrary to the precautionary principle and morally unacceptable for the vaccination obligation not to take effect until the end of the year or following a new peak of contamination”, he added. she commented on Wednesday in a press release.
The CPAS of the capital advocate compulsory vaccination of all people working in nursing homes or day care centers. This therefore targets both healthcare staff and non-healthcare staff, both contractual and statutory staff and external service providers (hairdressers, pedicures, physiotherapists?). An equivalent measure should apply to health and social action professionals who support or treat people at home, she believes.
The Federation asks for clear and practicable instructions for the application of the vaccination obligation. “A gradual transitional regime for existing staff is necessary for the acceptability, credibility and effectiveness of the measure”.
The Federation of Brussels CPAS has also expressed a “definitive disagreement” with the mandatory publication of the vaccination coverage of staff by nursing homes. At its meeting of August 20, the Consultative Committee indicated that “the ministers of public health are also invited to publish without delay the vaccination rates of caregivers by care establishment”.
According to the Brussels CPAS Federation, a nursing home manager can only ask a member of staff to tell him whether or not he is vaccinated. This knowledge, visual at the start of the vaccination campaign, has since diminished, with the rotation within the workforce and the intervention of the vaccination centers.
In addition, the mandatory publication of the vaccination rate of workers risks stigmatizing houses where staff are particularly “recalcitrant” without giving the manager a way to improve his situation.
Finally, the Federation of CPAS generally supports the principle of the Covid Safe Ticket (CST) in the current epidemiological context but has reservations about the application of this tool in nursing homes.
“It seems difficult to request a health pass from visitors when staff are not vaccinated and a CST is not required on their part. In addition, the requirement for such a pass could have very damaging consequences for some residents in terms of breaking social and family ties ”. The notion of visitor should be understood in the broad sense and not only apply to members of the family. “Unless I’m mistaken, barrier gestures would be maintained in MR-S. It would then be more difficult to enforce them by the holder of this pass, ”she said.
In terms of human resources, at the level of the rest home, the requirement of a CST supposes having during visiting hours, weekends included, a person capable of ensuring a role of “vigil”. This profile does not exist among the staff of these houses.
The option of using Articles 60 for this item is not adequate. The majority of those holding this status do not have the physical capacities and, without training, the interpersonal skills to exercise a vigilance role, she concluded.