Paris, 19 July. The French National Academy of Medicine on Tuesday expressed its “strong opposition” to reinstatement of health workers who were removed from their positions last year for refusing to vaccinate against the coronavirus.
Denial of vaccination is “incompatible with the health profession,” the academy said in a statement detailing its position on an increasingly burning issue in France.
Compulsory vaccination for salaried health workers or the public system (as well as all those who interact with vulnerable people, such as police and firefighters) was approved a year ago within the mechanism that created health passes for vaccinated people was.
Those who refused to do so without medical justification were suspended from their jobs.
Some deputies tried to introduce amendments to the National Assembly’s legislative texts to restore them to work, but so far without success. Health Minister François Braun has justified this in recent weeks in his rebound to the pandemic.
The possibility of re-admitting them has been raised to try to solve the difficult situation of many hospitals affected by the shortage of personnel, especially in emergency services.
The Academy recalls that, according to available data, approximately 0.3% of hospital professionals (including health and other categories) have been suspended since the autumn of 2021.
He further said that “reuniting these people would compromise the atmosphere of trust and harmony” between health workers and patients, in addition to “endangering vulnerable patients”.
The institution believes that their numbers are also “very limited”, so their return to work “will not solve the existing difficulties of hospitals.” EFE