The pressure is mounting on recalcitrant caregivers. While Jean Castex must receive from Monday the leaders of Parliament and local elected officials to address, among other things, this question, 96 doctors have co-signed a forum published in the Sunday Newspaper to make their voices heard. They ask the government to make vaccination against Covid-19 compulsory for caregivers in hospitals and nursing homes “before the beginning of September” to avoid a fourth wave. “Because it is an ethical duty to protect the vulnerable people for whom they are responsible, all caregivers must be vaccinated” they insist. .
In this professional category, vaccination rates remain insufficient: 57% in nursing homes, 64% in hospitals according to the French Hospital Federation (FHF).
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.
Already on Wednesday, the French Hospital Federation (FFH) had published a press release calling for the compulsory vaccination of caregivers. “If the vaccination rate does not increase during the summer, we will not be able to collectively reverse the epidemic and we will once again put the most vulnerable people at risk”, she warns, recalling the principles of the Hippocratic Oath: “above all, do no harm”.