Because of the spread of the Delta variant: In France, all hospital employees must be vaccinated against the coronavirus. President Emmanuel Macron puts the pressure on.
Munich / Paris – The delta variant of the corona virus * is spreading rapidly in Europe, and Germany’s neighbor France is now reacting decisively. With a compulsory vaccination for all health and care workers. All employees of hospitals, old people’s or nursing homes have to be vaccinated by September 15th at the latest, he says.
Covid-19: France requires health and care workers to be vaccinated against Corona
The French President announced this Monday evening (July 12) in a televised address. For risk groups, there will also be booster vaccinations with a third dose from September. The background: The Corona situation * is tense in France with its around 67 million inhabitants because of the delta variant.
By Sunday, July 11, at least 5,874,719 people in France had demonstrably been infected with the corona virus in the course of the corona pandemic, according to surveys by Johns Hopkins University. For comparison: In Germany, around 83 million inhabitants * had at least 3,743,732 people. And: In France, the first vaccinations against Corona and thus the willingness to vaccinate * have generally been decreasing for weeks.
Corona: Compulsory vaccination for France’s nurses and doctors is coming
The concern of a fourth wave is apparently also great among the German neighbors. “With the new Delta variant of the virus * we need a vaccination rate of 80 or even 90 percent,” said the French virologist Morgane Bomsel Deutsche Welle. “After all, infected people infect up to eight other people with it. That is an extremely high amount. ”Even more: only a third of the French population had already received both doses of vaccine against the insidious coronavirus * in mid-July.
Corona vaccination requirement: France follows the example of Italy and Greece
This makes France the third country within the European Union (EU) with mandatory vaccination for health workers. In Italy, these have been in place for doctors and other medical staff since May. Only recently, Greece announced that it would be compulsory to have a vaccination. According to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, it will apply to employees in old people’s homes from mid-August and to the health sector from September 1. Macron is now putting pressure on it in France. (pm) *Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA