Firefighters are among the professions that will need to be vaccinated before September 15.
Like the staff of hospitals, clinics and nursing homes, firefighters are also ordered to be vaccinated before the end of the summer. A decision that arouses a stir within the profession: several firefighters unions oppose it, denouncing in a press release, “an infringement of individual freedoms“.
In a letter addressed to parliamentarians, seven firefighters’ unions demand the withdrawal of the vaccination obligation for their profession. The measure is included in the bill on new health restrictions which details the announcements made by Emmanuel Macron on July 12. “Pressure and the threat of suspension and dismissal are not part of the managerial tools”Say the unions in the press release. Organizations denounce methods far removed from the recommendations of the WHO, which instead encourages countries to “vaccinate without coercingThey say. “We are not against vaccination, but remain strongly attached to individual freedoms»Specify the representative unions.
An obligation that completes the alteration of the relationship of trust between the government and the profession. “At the start of the pandemic we were told that we were not running any risk and we were sent to the front without protection ” is indignant with France Info Xavier Boy, President of the Autonomous Federation of Professional Firefighters and Specialized Administrative and Technical Staff (FA SPP PATS). After which the firefighters who tested positive but did not show any symptoms had to return to work and “now, while we are in good health, we are forced to vaccinate to protect the population»Points out the president of the union.