France’s top health advisory body wants compulsory vaccinations for health workers

France’s top health advisory body recommended on Friday that coronavirus vaccinations should be made compulsory without delay for all health workers and other professionals who come into contact with people vulnerable to COVID-19.
The French government closely follows recommendations made by the Haute Autorite de la Sante (HAS), which also advised using mRNA-based Pfizer or Moderna vaccines to slow the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant because they offered more protection than other shots.
“While the number of new cases and the pressure on the hospital system remain relatively low, the dynamic of the epidemic in France is significant and could quickly lead to a deterioration in the health situation,” HAS said in a statement.
President Emmanuel Macron is expected to address the nation on Monday on the progress of the epidemic and his government’s strategy to dampen the impact of what many scientists say is an inevitable fourth wave.
Government officials have said in recent weeks that mandatory vaccination for health workers was being considered as the now-dominant Delta variant causes a sharp upturn in France’s infection rate.
(France 24)