France suspends 3,000 health workers who do not vaccinate

French Health Minister Veran said the country had suspended about 3,000 medical workers for failing to comply with requests for a Covid-19 vaccine.

“The vast majority of the suspensions are temporary. The group of medical staff suspended is those who do support jobs, like those in charge of laundry and food preparation. Many of them now. decided to vaccinate because he recognized the obligation to vaccinate,” French Health Minister Olivier Veran announced on September 16.

Minister Veran said health workers have been notified in writing of the deadline for at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. However, instead of vaccination, dozens of health workers chose to quit, Mr. Veran said, adding that with about 2.7 million healthcare workers, health care in France is still guaranteed.

Health workers give a Covid-19 vaccine to a resident in Nantes, France, on June 3.  Photo: Reuters.

Health workers give a Covid-19 vaccine to a resident in Nantes, France, on June 3. Photo: Reuters.

French President Emmanuel Macron in July ordered staff in hospitals, nursing homes, care centers and those working in the fire service to be vaccinated by September 15.

The French health authority estimates that nearly 12% of hospital staff and about 6% of private doctors in the country have not yet received the Covid-19 vaccine. France currently fully immunizes nearly 47 million people 12 years of age and older, accounting for about 81.4% of the population. 86.1% of the population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.

France currently records more than 6.9 million infections and nearly 116,000 deaths from nCoV. The country has recently recorded an average of about 10,000 new infections per day and is applying the Covid-19 green card to places such as bars, restaurants, cinemas and other public places. Minister Veran said the situation has improved significantly thanks to a large number of people getting vaccinated.

Ngoc Anh (Follow CNN/Guardian)


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