France’s compulsory vaccination plan covers 1.5 million workers in 70 jobs – .

France’s compulsory vaccination plan covers 1.5 million workers in 70 jobs – .

France plans to make Covid-19 vaccination compulsory for 70 professions in the health and elderly care sectors, with sanctions for people who do not comply, eliciting mixed responses from workers.
The people occupying these jobs, estimated at 1.5 million people, will have to be vaccinated before September 15, under penalty of sanctions.

The bill making vaccination compulsory for the 70 professions on the list was presented to the Council of State on Tuesday July 13 and should be presented to the Council of Ministers on Monday July 19.

The full list of the 70 affected professions has yet to be released, but a shorter list of the professions that will be permanently included is available.

These are:

  • Nursing and non-nursing staff in hospitals,
  • Nursing and non-nursing staff in clinics,
  • Nursing and non-nursing staff in care establishments for the disabled,
  • Care staff in retirement homes and retirement homes,
  • Professionals and volunteers working with the elderly,
  • Volunteers from associations such as the Red Cross,
  • Occupational health services,
  • Medical transport personnel such as ambulance drivers.

Not on the list

The gendarmerie and the police are not included.

Patrice Ribeiro, general secretary of the officers union Synergie Officiers, told LCI: “We wanted to be on the list for our colleagues to get vaccinated, because they are in contact with the public.

“Sometimes they are forced to be in physical contact, so it seems natural that they are part of the [mandatory] treat. “

The police and gendarmes have had priority access to voluntary vaccination since April.

Government spokesman Gabriel Attal explained the decision on Europe 1: “It’s not the same situation [for police and gendarmerie]. The police are of course in contact with the public, but the measure aims more to help staff who work in places where the health pass is necessary to access it. “

Vaccination was not made compulsory for waiters or waitresses, restaurateurs, traders, or train, plane or bus staff, despite their increased contact with the public.

However, these personnel will have to either take regular Covid tests or be vaccinated, due to the extension of the health pass.

And, with fees for testing to be introduced starting in the fall, vaccination will become the only way staff can use the health pass for free, rather than having to pay for repeat testing.

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Staff in required professions who do not get vaccinated risk being suspended from work for several weeks, to give them time to comply. If they don’t, they risk losing their jobs, said Labor Minister Elisabeth Borne, on LCI.

Worker’s response

Some healthcare workers have already expressed dissatisfaction with the plans.

Alexandre (assumed name), 42-year-old osteopath from the Var, Told FranceInfo: “I do not welcome this announcement. It is an attack on civil liberties. I am not vaccinated and I do not plan to be.

“Covid-19 is not such a dangerous virus,” he said. “Most cases are asymptomatic and there are more risks than benefits of vaccination. I am wary of the composition of vaccines and the fact that we do not know the long term effects. “

As a result, Alexander and his wife made the drastic decision to quit their jobs and move out. They will wait and see what other EU countries are doing on the issue before choosing a destination.

Another caregiver, Sylvie, 53, a nurse from Bouches-du-Rhône, said she would get the vaccine to keep her job, but she would do so angrily and reluctantly.

She said, “I’m against it. We don’t have enough experience. We do not know the long term effects. I have never been infected, so it seems that barrier gestures are enough. “

She explained that although she had never completely canceled the vaccination, she would have preferred to wait longer, do more research and become better informed. Instead, she will now have to meet the government’s vaccination deadline.

She said: “If it was possible for me to stop working, I would. But since I want to keep my job, I have no choice. But I find it unacceptable to impose this in a free country.

But a caregiver, Gilles du Rhône, 59, said he was initially wary of vaccines and the government, but has since said he has realized how necessary it is.

He said: “In January, I was really scared of mRNA. [vaccines], and I rejected everything the government said. They promised us extra masks and scrubs, but we ended up having to wash them ourselves to save money. We were really fed up with everything the government announced.

“But I have seen so many deaths that I have realized that the vaccination of caregivers is necessary, especially when there is no other treatment available. “

A director of nursing staff in Paris, David Colmont, said he feared that the call for compulsory vaccination “will have the opposite effect” and also cause “stress in terms of logistics and staff response”.

He said: “I am very worried about telling someone that they cannot come to work. I can’t see myself telling 10 nurses that I don’t need them to come, just because they aren’t vaccinated. Ultimately, it is society that will suffer.

A doctor in Toulouse, Cédric, Told FranceInfo this Making vaccination compulsory will only be effective if everyone gets vaccinated, and the public responds well to the certainty.

He said: “The public needs limits and certainty – this has been proven by the number of vaccination appointments that have been made after the President’s speech. Some speak of a “health dictatorship”. But you have to think of others.

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Checked on TikTok

A nurse, known as Laura, says that she will quit her job following the announcement. She posted her reaction to the president’s announcement on video sharing site TikTok, stating, “You’ll take care of yourself.”

His video received nearly 4 million views in 24 hours.

The 35-year-old mother of two, who lives in Charente-Maritime, said: “They take away our wages, some even offer prison sentences if we don’t get vaccinated.

“A lot of people refuse to be vaccinated. We do not all have the same reasons. Personally, I don’t because I don’t think we have enough experience with the vaccine. “

She said that although she knows some caregivers will “give in” for fear of losing their jobs, she said others will join her in resigning.

Laura was already on leave from her job as a nurse caring for severely disabled children before the announcement, due to a stress injury, which she said was caused by deteriorating working conditions since the start of her career. the pandemic.

The public in favor of mandatory jabs and the use of the health record

Despite the mixed opinions of health personnel, the French public is generally in favor of compulsory vaccination for these sectors.

An Elabe poll for BFMTV found that 76% of the public supported compulsory vaccination for healthcare workers.

The same percentage (76%) is also in favor of the obligation to present the health pass when boarding a plane, train or bus; during visits to hospitals and retirement homes (70%) and access to cultural sites of more than 50 people (66%).

More than half (58%) are also in favor of requiring a health card to access cafes, restaurants and shopping centers.

Almost two-thirds (63%) are in favor of eliminating free PCR tests unless prescribed by a doctor, starting in the fall.

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