Compulsory vaccination of caregivers, expansion of the health pass? Faced with an upsurge in Covid-19 contaminations, President Macron must announce, Monday, July 12, new measures to prevent a fourth wave from sweeping over hospitals.
The Head of State, who will address the French at 8 p.m., should detail the measures decided in the morning at the Elysee Palace during an exceptional health defense council. He ‘will talk about the health situation and its evolution, in the light of the data of the epidemic in other countries and the importance of vaccination’, say people around him.
Vaccination of caregivers on the menu
The subject of numerous consultations for several days, compulsory vaccination of caregivers should be on the agenda. This is ‘a very probable and legitimate hypothesis’, said Sunday the Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune during the Grand Rendez-vous Europe 1 / CNews / Les Échos.
On the other hand, there is no question of making compulsory the vaccination of all French people over 12 years old: the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, is ‘not in favor’, he explained on Radio J, unlike the ‘Academy of Medicine.
The presidential address comes less than 15 days after the third and final phase of deconfinement. In question: the spread of the Delta variant, more contagious, which quickly brought up contaminations. Sunday, 4,256 contaminations were recorded, against less than 3,000 a week ago.
They could rise to ‘6,000 in a week, 10,000 in 15 days and rise above 20,000 in early August if we do not act,’ said the Minister of Health.
Prevent a new wave of hospitalizations
For epidemiologist Arnaud Fontanet, member of the Scientific Council, the variable that could ‘change everything’ is ‘vaccination’, which 95% protects against serious forms of the Delta variant.
The body, which has guided the government since the start of the pandemic, therefore recommends tightening the bolts to prevent a tsunami in the hospital where, for the moment, the decline continues.
In an opinion delivered on Friday, she recommends the ‘compulsory vaccination of caregivers’ and’ other categories, such as’ caregivers’, personal services staff or all [non-health] professionals exposed and exposed to a risk to others’.
‘The hospital load for the moment is not increasing, but the same thing will happen as last summer, that is to say that the young people will infect the less young, and, because everyone is not vaccinated, you will have an increase in health pressure, an increase in serious cases and hospitalizations, ‘says Olivier Véran.
On Sunday, the number of Covid-19 patients was stable in hospitals.
Hardening of the sanitary pass ?
In addition to the intensification of vaccination, Emmanuel Macron could announce a tightening of restrictions, via a possible extension of the health pass.
On this ground, the Scientific Council advocates a lowering of the tonnage (currently set at 1,000 people) for events subject to this pass, as well as’ partial measures of restrictions’ in the most affected geographical areas, ‘including in July and August’.
‘We must undoubtedly revisit a number of the measures that were lifted on June 30 in order to hope to return to a quieter zone, until we can better deploy the vaccination,’ ‘said epidemiologist Dominique Costagliola, at the microphone. from Europe 1.