The representative of public health establishments considers that faced with the Delta variant, “we no longer have the luxury of taking half-measures” such as the health pass, and that the vaccination obligation must be implemented for the entire population. .
The general health pass is not enough for some. To counter the progression of the Delta variant of Covid-19, the president of the Hospital Federation of France Frédéric Valletoux estimated on August 1 that the government should make vaccination compulsory for all. “We no longer have the luxury of taking half measures,” said in the Sunday newspaper (JDD) one who is also mayor of Fontainebleau.
Alerting on “the unprecedented speed of this fourth wave” and the fact that “everywhere, the indicators are on the rise”, Frédéric Valletoux assured that “the epidemic context shows us the limits of intermediate measures”, namely the health pass, which “worked in the short term but will not be enough to achieve true collective immunity”. According to him, this pushes the executive to have to “assume this course of obligation with voluntarism”, in particular because “every day that passes sees the anti-vaccines harden their words”. “It is time to go beyond the incentive to take the last step,” he asserts.
We will probably have to ask ourselves the question of compulsory vaccination
The representative of public health establishments also considers that the measure would be more obvious to put in place than the health pass and its logistical ambiguities: “It is a simple, clear and effective measure, when the implementation of the pass is announces, it, of a rare complexity, in particular in the hospitals to draw a border between the patients for whom it will be asked at the entry and the others. ” Thus, he adds, France could become “a pioneer country” by “engaging[ant] a worldwide movement in favor of compulsory vaccination ”.
For the moment, in France, only the staff of hospitals, clinics and retirement homes, as well as professionals and volunteers with the elderly are required to be vaccinated by September 15 against Covid-19 . Regarding this measure, Frédéric Valletoux estimated on July 13 the day after the presidential announcements that it was “a duty and a responsibility towards the most vulnerable”.
An extension of this vaccination obligation to the entire French population has already been mentioned by the High Authority for Health, which recommended on July 16 to “reflect” on the subject. Four days earlier, during his speech announcing the extension of the health pass, President Emmanuel Macron had prepared for this eventuality: “Depending on the evolution of the situation, we will undoubtedly have to ask ourselves the question of compulsory vaccination. for all French people ”, declared the Head of State on July 12th.