Quebec does not intend to emulate France, which will make it mandatory for all its health workers to be vaccinated by September to stop the progress of the delta variant of COVID-19.
French President Emmanuel Macron announced Monday that mandatory vaccinations are being imposed on nursing and non-nursing staff in hospitals, clinics and retirement homes.
These workers are committed until mid-September.
“If you are a caregiver and you are not vaccinated, you can no longer work and you will no longer be paid,” Health Minister Oliver Warren threatened on a broadcast by the LCI news channel in France.
According to the Scientific Council, which guides the French government, only 40% of nursing home staff are vaccinated.
“With us, in France, the situation is currently under control. If we do not take action now, the number of cases will increase drastically and will inevitably lead to hospital admissions from August,” Emmanuel Macron warned in a presidential address at the end of the day.
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Christian Dubey, who was contacted on the matter, confirmed the company Journal He said France should follow in its footsteps and not force all its health workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Healthcare workers must prove that their employer has already been vaccinated against COVID-19, otherwise they will have to undergo repeated preventive check-ups three times a week,” said Marjorie Cote-Boylow, press secretary for the health ministry.
Ms. Cote-Boilou stated that this hybrid formula is currently preferred.
“France is making decisions that it thinks are best according to its epidemiological context, and we will do the same for Quebec,” she explains.
Jeff Begley, president of the Federation of Health and Social Services (FSSS-CSN), says the government should not stick to the carat unless it is biased.
“It is my opinion that vaccination is mandatory. Staff should continue to be encouraged to vaccinate, not force them. So far, we have seen that this is going very well and it will continue,” said Jeff Begley.
According to the FSSS-CSN, nearly 90% of their health workers who work directly with patients have received the two-dose vaccine to date.
– With AFP