Despite increasingly pressing demands from the opposition, the new Minister of Health François Braun declared during a hearing at the National Assembly on July 5 that he had no intention of reinstating the caregivers not vaccinated against Covid.
“The latest survey conducted with the ARS (Regional Health Agencies) of health and medico-social establishments shows a very low proportion of suspended agents, 0.53%”, he thus justified on the occasion. a discussion on the “health watch and safety” bill.
This represents “just under 12,000 [personnes] all professions combined with technical and administrative staff”, he later argued, in response to a question.
The government text acknowledging the end of most emergency health measures against the Covid epidemic after July 31, MP Ugo Bernalicis (LFI) had previously asked the minister if he was “planned to reintegrate caregivers” after this deadline and Philippe Gosselin (LR) had estimated “that it would be time to make a kind of amnesty”.
The reintegration of these caregivers has been the subject of a series of questions from several opposition groups. “It is not topical and it is not the subject of this text”, simply replied François Braun, affirming that he was “not used to kicking into touch, even [s’il a] ten years of rugby.
“I prefer to emphasize the responsibility and commitment of the vast majority of professionals who have been vaccinated,” he added, saying that, according to him, “not getting vaccinated [c’était] more sick [donc] an additional overload of our health system”.
Nevertheless, “the suspension of this obligation remains possible by decree, after consulting the scientific authorities of course, and if the epidemic situation allows it”, he recalled.