Caregivers suspended at the end of 2021 because not vaccinated against Covid-19 should they be reinstated? Response elements.
Since September 15, 2021, all professionals working in the health and medico-social sectors (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, etc.) are subject to the vaccination obligation against Covid-19.
On October 16, 2021, around 0.3% of hospital professionals, caregivers and non-caregivers were thus suspended (i.e. prohibited from working, without pay) because they were not vaccinated against coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 infection.
950 nurses and 75 doctors and pharmacists would be affected
But at a time when the Covid-19 epidemic seems (finally!) to calm down, a question arises: should caregivers who have refused to be vaccinated against Covid-19 be allowed to return to work? In total, around 950 nurses and 75 doctors and pharmacists would be affected by this question, according to the Scientific Council.
For the National Academy of Medicine, the answer is very clear: “reintegrating caregivers not vaccinated against Covid-19 would be a fault. (…) [Cette réintégration] compromise the climate of trust and cohesion that must exist between its members and with patients. It would endanger fragile patients. Concerning only a very limited number of caregivers, it would not solve the current difficulties of operation of the hospital.“
The opinion is more mixed on the side of the Scientific Council, which says to itself “reserved on such reinstatement“, in particular because a carer “must give priority to all gestures and procedures so as not to contaminate the often fragile patients he takes care of and to limit the occurrence of clusters“. The question is therefore not settled…
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