While Prime Minister Jean Castex is to receive from Monday the leaders of Parliament and local elected officials to address, among other things, the issue of the obligation to vaccinate caregivers, several doctors put their weight in the balance.
In a column published on the website of Sunday newspaper of July 4, a hundred doctors are asking the government to make vaccination against Covid-19 compulsory for caregivers in hospitals and nursing homes. For’“Avoid a fourth wave”, they ask him “To implement the necessary measures so that the application of this decision is effective before the beginning of September”.
Among the 96 signatories of the text, we find several department heads of the Hospitals of Paris (AP-HP) revealed by the health crisis, such as infectious diseases specialists Karine Lacombe and Gilles Pialoux, resuscitator Bruno Mégarbane and diabetologist Anne Gervais, but also the former director of Public Health France François Bourdillon, or the former president of the deans of medical schools Jean Sibilia.
These practitioners are asking the government “To take the decision of compulsory vaccination now” for any employee of an nursing home or a hospital “(S ‘) exposing or exposing the persons for whom it is responsible to risks of contamination” to Covid-19.
A tight schedule for the vaccination of caregivers envisaged
In recent days, the rapid progress of the Delta variant has prompted the executive to relaunch this debate, which was already raised in March. Vaccination rates have since increased, but still remain insufficient: 57% in nursing homes, 64% in hospitals according to the French Hospital Federation (FHF).
The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, set a target of 80% for them on Tuesday “By the month of September”, otherwise the Covid would be added to the legal list of compulsory vaccines for caregivers – diphtheria, tetanus, polio, hepatitis B.
But three days later, he said he was in favor of a tighter schedule: “If there is a law, I want it to be examined and adopted by Parliament as soon as possible, why not as early as July. “