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Unvaccinated caregivers: the keys to a tense debate – France



  • 1 The Executive in closed mode

  • The day reserved for the LFI group in the Assembly ended in extreme tension on Thursday evening, the opposition castigating the maneuvers of the presidential camp to prevent the holding of a sensitive vote on the reintegration of non-vaccinated caregivers. In the aftermath of these heated debates, Emmanuel Macron remained on a firm line, arguing that this decision was not political. “This decision will have to be lifted when there is a scientific recommendation”, he hammered this Friday. François Braun, the Minister of Health, also expressed his reluctance, pointing in particular to the tensions that a reintegration of the non-vaccinated could create between colleagues in the hospital sector.

  • 2 Overseas particularly tense

  • The hospital lacks arms, but the situation is particularly serious overseas, especially in Martinique and Guadeloupe, argued during the debates in the Assembly, the ultramarine parliamentarians of the LIOT group. The crisis goes beyond the question of the functioning of health services, had already warned, during the congress of the Association of Mayors of France, Jocelyn Sapotille. Mayor of Lamentin and president of the Association of Mayors of Guadeloupe, he had mentioned a society “fractured” by the debate on the vaccination obligation. “There is a deep moral wound and we must be able to get out of it,” he pleaded, during a conversation with Maire info.

  • 3 France against the tide

  • Germany has announced that it will end the suspension of its non-vaccinated healthcare professionals, explaining that the vaccines used today do not effectively combat infection and the transmission of the virus, especially from the arrival of variants of the Omicron family. Italy, Spain and England have already reinstated them. France remains, with Greece and Hungary, the last country not to consider it.

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  • 4 How many unvaccinated caregivers?

  • The French Hospital Federation (FHF) figures, in its sector, the number of caregivers suspended from their duties because of their refusal to be vaccinated against covid-19 at 4,000 “out of a total of 1.2 million agents” (i.e. 0.3%). The National Order of Nurses also provided recent data, evoking 1,050 nurses currently suspended, out of 650,000 nurses in all in France (i.e. 0.2%).



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