They ask the judge to repeal a rule that imposes immunization on professionals who are in direct contact with citizens in hospitals and pharmacies
The mandatory vaccination of health personnel against the coronavirus threatens to become a debate full of edges. Only one day after the French Government announced its intention to apply this rule from September if doctors, nurses and nursing home workers do not deliver an 80% immunization by that time, criticism has already begun from some sectors, which they see in this order an attack on the rights contained in the Constitution. The matter is so delicate – even more so in France, where there is high skepticism about vaccines – that Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that before approving the law the Executive will consult the Council of State, the Constitutional Council and the parliamentary political groups .
The point is to avoid major conflicts, such as the one that is shaking Italy these days, where three hundred Health professionals have asked the courts to repeal the obligation of medical and health personnel to be vaccinated against covid-19. Rejected by numerous governments, including almost all those in the EU and the US, Italy in April advocated following the same path with this serum as with others – for example, that of polio or hepatitis B -, which in many places They are mandatory for Healthcare employees.
The appeal has been submitted to the Administrative Court of Brescia, on behalf of health personnel practicing in the Lombard region, Cremona, Bergamo and Mantua. The rule implies that professionals in contact with citizens or the sick – including pharmacy staff – must be immunized or, otherwise, be assigned to other positions. Suspension of employment is also contemplated in the most extreme situations. The court hearing will be held on July 14.
“It is not a battle of the non-Vax (the opponents of vaccines), but a democratic battle. People are forced to take a risk under penalty of not being able to exercise their profession, “explained to ‘Il Giornale di Brescia’ the lawyer Daniele Granara, author of the procedure and who has also defended dozens of health workers separated for refusing to be vaccinated.
In fact, Italian doctors, nurses or pharmacists have not had too many qualms when it comes to administering the serum. The most recent data indicate that of 1.9 million workers in the health sector, only 45,750 are not vaccinated. This group, along with teachers and the elderly or vulnerable, is the one who joined the immunization campaign the earliest.
In France, on the other hand, the situation is different. The degree of vaccination in medical and elderly care personnel ranges from 54% to 67%, still far from what is considered sufficient to guarantee general protection. And the government is concerned about the predictions of virologists who do not rule out a new wave next month or a string of outbreaks in the fall.
In any case, the debate goes back a long way. In its day, the Netherlands considered prohibiting access to nurseries for children who had not received basic vaccines such as measles. Last April, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that mandatory vaccinations do not violate human rights laws, and could even be considered necessary.
But the one who now comes to add more force to the debate is Tajikistan, which since yesterday has imposed the serum against covid-19 on all “citizens over 18 years of age.” The Central Asian country started the campaign at the end of June with two brands, AstraZeneca and CoronaVac, and its intention is to immunize the majority of its nine million inhabitants against the new variants of the virus. Since the beginning of the pandemic, it has registered 13,548 infections and 92 deaths.