While the idea of forcing healthcare professionals in nursing homes and hospitals to be vaccinated is in the minds of government, practitioners are publishing a forum on the “JDD” site to support and accelerate the implementation of the measure in order to avoid a fourth wave.
Consultation under pressure: while the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, is due to receive from this Monday the leaders of Parliament and local elected officials to address, among other things, the question of the compulsory vaccination of caregivers, several doctors are putting their weight in the scale. A hundred of them are asking the government to make vaccination against Covid-19 compulsory for caregivers in hospitals and nursing homes. “Before the beginning of September”, in a column published on the website of Sunday newspaper.
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 claim “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 ‘ at Covid-19. For’“Avoid a fourth wave”, they ask the government “To implement the necessary measures so that the application of this decision is effective before the beginning of September”.
In recent days, the rapid progression of the delta variant has prompted the executive to relaunch this debate, which was already raised in March. Vaccination rates have since increased, but 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.”