France gets tough on vaccine rule for health workers

Protesters march against a Covid-19 health pass which grants vaccinated people access to restaurants, public transport and more, in Paris, France, on August 7, 2021. The French government is also forcing vaccination on health workers, who face suspension from their jobs without pay if they refuse the shots. – EPA pic, September 15, 2021.

THE French government faces a stand-off with tens of thousands of health workers and carers today over a new rule requiring them to receive a Covid-19 vaccine or face suspension without pay.

Starting today, hospital staff, ambulance drivers, retirement home workers, private doctors, fire service members and people caring for the elderly or infirm in their homes — some 2.7 million people in total — must be able to prove they have had at least one shot of a vaccine.

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