It was a first. To try to get the public authorities moving on the subject of vaccination in a company that is slipping, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, president of Medef, and Laurent Berger, secretary general of the CFDT, met on Monday, May 3, for a joint trip at the European Inter-Business Medical Center (CMIE), in Paris. On a subject “As serious” than that of vaccination and the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic, underlined the leader of the trade union center, “It is not worth to hide the face: if we agree, we agree”.
The country has 255 occupational health services, recalled Mr. Roux de Bézieux, spread across the country. These places, where doctors and nurses work, have “The full capacity to vaccinate quickly and well”, according to him. “We would have to accelerate very strongly”, he pleaded. Occupational health services “They are not just auxiliaries in the countryside, they must be at the center of vaccination in the world of work”, added Mr. Berger. The number 1 of Medef has judged “Disappointing” figures unveiled ten days ago by the Ministry of Labor which, as of April 22, reported 409,023 injections by occupational physicians and 43,753 injections into occupational health services.
Restricted vaccine target
According to Rue de Grenelle, which claims to be “Mobilized on the rise of vaccination in the workplace”, as of May 3, these figures have now risen to 520,861 and 63,350. “Brakes” remain, as noted by Mr. Roux de Bézieux. There is obviously the number of doses available but also a restricted vaccine target. For the time being, the occupational health services can only vaccinate people over 55 years old. Before April 12, only individuals of this age with pathologies were eligible, i.e. a very small proportion of workers.
The president of the CMIE, Claudine Sulitzer, explained that out of the 380,000 employees monitored by her center, only 9,300 could initially be vaccinated. For three weeks, they are now 60,000, which is still limited according to her.
“All working people, and in particular those who are exposed to a lot of social interactions, must be able to be vaccinated quickly” Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, president of Medef
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