Covid-19: the mandatory booster dose for caregivers from this Sunday, January 30


Each caregiver must now have a complete “vaccination schedule” or risk being suspended without pay.

New step for the vaccination obligation. From this Sunday, January 30, the booster dose becomes mandatory for the public subject to this imperative, whether caregivers or firefighters, for example. This development was specified in a “DGS-urgent” sent to all professionals: “the performance of the booster dose is integrated into the vaccination obligation applicable to personnel working in the health and medico-social sectors on January 30, 2022, the date on which they must therefore present a valid vaccination schedule“, we read.

In detail, a professional who has received his two doses fulfills the conditions of the vaccination obligation “from January 30 to February 14, 2022, if he received his 2nd dose less than 7 months ago or if he has already received a booster dose; from February 15, 2022, if he received his 2nd dose less than 4 months ago or if he has already received a booster dose“. Professionals who have not received their booster dose will therefore not be suspended immediately: they must, however, respect the deadlines within which the booster dose is required, taking into account the fact that these will be reduced from mid- February.

In addition, a professional infected with Covid may not temporarily receive their booster dose, as long as their recovery certificate is valid. Similarly, a professional benefiting from a contraindication to vaccination is not obliged to be vaccinated, “except in cases where the contraindication is valid only temporarily“.

There are still many unvaccinated staff

This development was planned:We will strengthen the vaccination obligation for caregivers and firefighters by integrating the third dose from January 30, announced the Minister of Health, mid-December. We do not want, like in Scotland, that we have 25 to 30% of carers who could not work because they would all be in contact and therefore in quarantineadded Olivier Véran.

The recall campaign is continuing, and some of the personnel concerned by the vaccination obligation have not yet received their additional dose. According to Public Health France, 69.4% of eligible healthcare professionals in Ehpad and USLD (long-term care units) had received a booster dose, compared to 86.3% of liberals and 76.9% of eligible employees. Some of the people eligible but recently infected, like millions of French people, cannot yet receive their booster dose, however.

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