They may be in the front line in the battle with him coronavirus, however, a large proportion, almost half, of nursing home workers in France are skeptical of the vaccine.
Marie-Frans Boudre, who works in a nursing home in France, saw a patient ending up in front of her eyes as the coronavirus had invaded his lungs. But when her employer offered her a vaccine against Covid-19, the nurse hesitated.
“I have some doubts” said Boudre, 48. “I prefer to wait.”
About half of health workers working in French nursing homes do not want to be vaccinated, according to a team of experts who manages the circulation of vaccines in the country – compared to just 20% of uninvolved nursing home residents.
If a significant number of nursing home employees do not vaccine, then they could transmit the disease to tenants who have not been vaccinated and with a high risk of serious illness, said advocates of the rights of the elderly, as transmitted by AMPE.
One reason for this skepticism is that those who recommend vaccines are the same people – the French state – whom nursing home workers blame for low wages and difficult working conditions, said Malika Bellarby, a nursing home worker and trade unionist. .
The issue is not limited to France.
In Germany, the management company BeneVit Group conducted a survey among its employees in November and found that only 30% of them wanted to be vaccinated.
Peter Buri, head of ProSenectute, Switzerland’s largest organization for the rights of the elderly, said at most half of all nurses in the medical profession were willing to be vaccinated.
Regulators around the world have repeatedly said that speed will not endanger safety and vaccine developers have said they will not skimp on safety and efficacy testing.
The fastest results are obtained by performing parallel tests, which are usually done sequentially and can take years. Vaccine trials developed by Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson have shown only temporary side effects.
The French drug safety regulator has said that the process of approving vaccines ensures that they are safe, that it monitors side effects and that it has not seen anything to justify suspending their use.
The number of workers in French nursing homes who refuse to be vaccinated is half that of December, said Patrick Peretti-Vatel, head of research at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research.
However, he, who is also a member of the government’s vaccination policy committee, said that in order to immunize more workers, the damage caused by wage and working conditions disputes would need to be addressed.
“The point is to gain trust,” he said.