3,000 French unvaccinated healthcare workers were suspended from their jobs after not getting vaccinated by the September 15 deadline.
In July, French President Emmanuel Macron made a mandate which required hospital, fire service, and retirement and care homes staff to get at least the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by September 15. That date has passed and around 12% of hospital staff and 6% of doctors still haven’t gotten the vaccine. Most healthcare workers have gotten vaccinated at this point because of the requirement to do so.
There are still a lot of staff who haven’t done so at this point. At least 340 people in Paris, 450 in Nice, 100 at Perpignan, and 76 at Brest have been suspended. However, the Health Minister of France, Olivier Véran, believes that the restrictions have resulted in higher vaccination status and, thus, lower rates of Covid and Covid-related deaths.
He stated that “The situation has considerably improved thanks to the massive vaccination of the French population, thanks to barrier gestures, people’s vigilance … and the health pass. The epidemic is not over but we are reducing it with cases down 30% in a week, so we’re going in the right direction and we have to keep doing so […] Nine of 10 people in France eligible to be vaccinated have been vaccinated. We are today one of the most vaccinated countries in the world … the more we vaccinate the better chance we have of getting out of this” (RTL Radio).
Véran applauded the obligatory vaccine in that there will likely be lower Covid cases this winter, which tends to be the worst time for the spread of sickness. The president of National Federation for Health Mobility in France, Thierry Schifano, reported that “13% of ambulance and health vehicle drivers were not vaccinated”and “don’t want to be.”
He said this raises concerns over slower ambulance times. There have been several rallies against mandatory vaccines in France in the past few months. Despite this, The mandates have not been lifted.