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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

France postpones vaccination of health workers in the Caribbean

Benoit van Overstraten, Sudip Kar-Gupta and Tassilio Hammel | Reuters

PARIS – France has postponed a mandate to vaccinate healthcare workers against COVID-19 in Martinique and Guadeloupe after the measure sparked massive protests in French territories in which police were injured and journalists were attacked.

Two Caribbean islands were hit by unrest last week after the French government imposed tougher measures to contain the spread of the virus.

Mandatory vaccination of health workers – a measure already introduced in mainland France – has sparked discontent among the black majority of the island’s population.

The French health ministry said in a statement after the government’s crisis meeting on Friday that it decided to postpone until December 31 the “completion of the vaccine mandate” in Martinique and Guadeloupe.

He sent those who refused vaccinations on unpaid leave, but now says he will give those who are suspended more time to one-on-one “dialogue” with their managers, while receiving a salary.

Some in the islands called the mandate a throwback to the era of French slavery, insisting that they should be allowed to make their own choices regarding treatment.

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The French government meeting was held as unrest in Martinique was still ongoing, a source close to the French foreign minister said.

“Last night was clearly more intense than the previous ones,” a local French state official told Reuters on Friday.

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said the authorities in Martinique and Guadeloupe made 10 arrests following the Thursday night shots, resulting in several injuries.

Journalists from French television, news and photo agencies were attacked on Thursday evening, media group Altice said in a statement confirming the minister’s earlier statements. One police officer was seriously injured and required surgery, according to local authorities.

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