France has struggled to speed up the Covid-19 vaccination campaign, and things got complicated as many health workers remain unvaccinated. Recent statistics suggest France has 63.9% of its population fully vaccinated and that more than 92 million COvid-19 vaccine doses have been administered. Even so, many health workers decided to skip the Covid-19 vaccination.
September 15 was the last day before the vaccine mandate for health workers
Yesterday was the first day when health employees from France had to show proof of vaccination or get suspended without pay. Exceptions were those who are recovering from a Covid-19 infection. Those with only one dose administered and a negative Covid-19 PCR test were also allowed to work.
The Ministry of Health announced that all health workers in France need to be fully vaccinated by October 16. The news was not met with excitement, and dozens of health workers quit their jobs because they were skeptical about vaccination. France has around 2.7 million health workers, including temporary nurses and support staff.
90% of nursing homes employees got vaccinated
Health authorities in France declared that over 90% of employees in nursing homes received at least the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. However, some people are unhappy with the restrictions and vaccine mandates. Protesters took the streets of French cities to demonstrate against the health pass imposed by French authorities. Some of the cities with the larger crowds were Bordeaux, Montpellier, and Strasbourg.
Emmanuel Macron decided to introduce the health pass in July. The pass requires those who go to restaurants, theatres, and large indoor places to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test.
France’s vaccine mandate comes when other countries, such as Denmark, decided to ban Covid-9 restrictions.