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Italy has started sanctioning caregivers who refuse to be vaccinated

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The first suspensions of caregivers who refuse the Covid-19 vaccine have started in the country. For the government, this is to avoid at all costs a fourth wave at the start of the school year, while only 2.3% of nursing staff have not yet received an injection for the time being.

Italian authorities have decided to step up a gear against caregivers who refuse to be vaccinated against Covid-19. The decree is dated April. In the event of non-vaccination, Italian caregivers are liable to a suspension of salary or to forced leave. And the first sanctions are starting to fall: in Calabria, 16 unvaccinated caregivers will be deprived of wages until December 31, unless they change their mind.

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In Italy, 2.3% of caregivers are therefore not vaccinated against Covid-19. This situation is deemed unacceptable by the Italian health authorities, who repeat that being vaccinated is a social duty to avoid a fourth deadly wave in September, when temperatures drop.

An option being considered in France

In France, the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, also raised the possibility of making vaccination compulsory for caregivers, especially in nursing homes. However, this remains a threat at this stage, while the vaccination figures are less good: 36% of staff in hospitals and clinics have not yet received their first doses of vaccine.

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For Professor Alain Fischer, the government’s “Mister Vaccine”, compulsory vaccination should be an option to be seriously considered in order to further limit the progression of the epidemic. He recalls that it already exists for hepatitis B.

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