In France, compulsory vaccination against the coronavirus of health care workers has come into force. The unvaccinated may be suspended and deprived of their salary. The obligation applies to employees of hospitals and nursing homes, as well as firefighters, paramedics and medical aids.
From Wednesday, French health workers who have not taken a dose of the vaccine may be suspended from their duties without pay. President Emmanuel Macron issued the warrant on July 12.
According to the latest available data, 85.4 percent. of carers in nursing homes and long-term care units were fully vaccinated, and 89.5% received at least one dose of vaccine.
In the Ile de France capital region, 95 percent. healthcare professionals received at least one dose of the vaccine, while in Marseille about 90 percent. – said Martin Hirsch, director of the APHP hospital network.
Protests against compulsory vaccinations
On the eve of the entry into force of the vaccination obligation, medical professionals demonstrated in front of the Ministry of Health in Paris and in front of the Regional Public Health Agencies (ARS). There were protests, among others, in Toulouse and Lyon and in front of the University Hospital in Rennes, according to the AFP agency.
The vaccination obligation applies to employees of hospitals and nursing homes, as well as firefighters, paramedics and medical aids.
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