Will health workers need to be vaccinated against Covid-19? The subject continues to be at the heart of the debates, before an imminent government decision. Prime Minister Jean Castex must bring together local elected officials, Thursday, July 8, before deciding or not the obligation of vaccination for caregivers, Franceinfo learned from government sources.
The head of government has already requested in writing the presidents of the parliamentary groups, in order to obtain their opinions on the question. Which political parties have already expressed their support or their reluctance with regard to the compulsory vaccination of caregivers? Response elements.
The parties that support the idea
The Socialist Party. According to information from the political service of France Televisions, the PS is generally in favor of the obligation of vaccination for health professionals. Valérie Rabault, president of the Socialists and Allies group in the National Assembly, consulted the deputies of her group. This one “is in favor, in principle, that vaccination should be made compulsory for nursing staff”, declared the elected in a letter to the Prime Minister. However, it would like the terms of this proposal to be “specified”, and that consultation takes place with the representatives of the nursing staff. For their part, the Socialist senators must give their official position Tuesday, according to Public Senate. Support for the government proposal seems to be emerging, however. “Everyone must do their part to fight the virus and take their part, today is to be vaccinated”, Senator Patrick Kanner, president of the socialist group, declared to the Public Senate.
The Republicans. On the right, the Les Républicains and Union Centriste groups in the Senate are in favor of this measure, according to Public Senate. “It makes sense to vaccinate professionals working in hospitals and nursing homes. We at Les Républicains are in favor of this compulsory vaccination for caregivers., declared the president of the LR group in the Senate, Bruno Retailleau, quoted by West France. We must protect those who come for treatment, protect the residents, protect the caregivers themselves because tomorrow, if we have a fourth wave, they will be on the front line again “.
The UDI. In a letter addressed to Jean Castex and consulted by AFP, the president of the Union of Democrats and Independents (UDI), Jean-Christophe Lagarde, expressed his support for the compulsory vaccination of caregivers. “Our country is probably at a tipping point in terms of the resurgence of the epidemic and the acceptability of possible braking measures”, writes the deputy for Seine-Saint-Denis. Jean-Christophe Lagarde emphasizes however that “cleavage” between vaccinated and reluctant people can “generate unwanted tensions”.
The Communist Party. According to information from the political service of France Televisions, the Communist Party is rather in favor of compulsory vaccination of caregivers.
Parties that are critical
France rebellious. “It’s not the best method.” On franceinfo on Friday, the deputy for Seine-Saint-Denis Alexis Corbière dismissed the idea of compulsory vaccination for health personnel. The chosen one, spokesperson for Jean-Luc Mélenchon, said to himself “annoyed” that caregivers are “the target of attacks” he “considers unjust”. The party leader, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, as well as the vice-president of the LFI group in the National Assembly, Mathilde Panot, also responded to the consultation launched by Jean Castex. They wonder about obliging caregivers to be vaccinated “and not the other categories in contact with a large public such as teachers or parliamentarians, for example” : “What reasons would France have for no longer following the recommendations of the WHO against the obligation to vaccinate? Why don’t you tell us?”
The National Gathering. “I am, you know, quite against everything that is mandatory, especially in terms of vaccination”, reacted the RN mayor of Perpignan, Louis Aliot, on Sud Radio. “I rather believe in the principle of responsibility and caregivers are in the best position to know their responsibilities.” Gard deputy Gilbert Collard made the same point in a tweet: “Caregivers are adults who can decide for themselves.”
Stand up France. The deputy of Essonne Nicolas Dupont-Aignan recalled that he was “for vaccine freedom”Sunday on
The parties that question this choice
Europe Ecology-The Greens. Senator Guillaume Gontard, president of the environmental group in the Senate, expressed his concerns on Friday about the establishment of compulsory vaccination, for caregivers as well as for the entire population. “I’m afraid this will create additional tensions and divisions in the country, he said, quoted by Public Senate. And then in practice, how do you put that in place? ” Asked by franceinfo, the deputy Eva Sas, spokesperson for Europe Ecology-The Greens, explains that the party will discuss it Tuesday during its executive office. “Have we really done everything to convince caregivers? Are there any voices other than compulsory nature?”, she wonders. The elected official fears that a vaccination obligation will ultimately create “a reject”. A line different from that held by the ecological mayor of Grenoble: “I am rather in favor of adding the vaccination against Covid to the vaccine obligations they already have”, estimated Eric Piolle on Tuesday on
.@EricPiolle sur la #vaccination #obligatoire des #soignants : "Je suis plutôt favorable à ce qu'on rajoute la vaccination contre le Covid aux obligations vaccinales qu'ils ont déjà" #le79Inter pic.twitter.com/cpuiHHp59o— France Inter (@franceinter) July 6, 2021