A text aimed at making vaccination against Covid-19 compulsory is debated in the upper house of the French Parliament after the tabling, at the end of August, of a bill to this effect.
Senators are debating on October 13 a bill to include vaccination against Covid-19 in the list of compulsory vaccines in France.
As reported by Public Senate, the text is contained in a single article which aims to complete, in the Public Health Code, the list of eleven compulsory vaccinations in the country. “As for the current obligations, it would be up to the government to set the age conditions by decree (after opinion of the High Health Authority), as well as the definition of the complete vaccination schedule”, explains the parliamentary channel.
A text not adopted by the Senate Committee
For the time being, the proposal tabled at the end of August by senators from the Socialist, Ecologist and Republican (SER) group, has already been rejected on October 6 in the Social Affairs Committee, most of the parliamentarians (in particular among the Republicans and the Union centrist) having preferred at this stage to “continue to convince the last people, rather than imposing an obligation”, while other political parties have chosen to abstain.
“In addition to” the choice of transparency “in the face of a health pass which was a hidden obligation, the Socialists consider that their bill could also impose on the State an obligation of means, in access to the vaccine”, again reported the parliamentary channel.
Indeed, the rapporteur of the proposed law in question insisted in committee on the fact that the vaccine constituted “a formidable weapon against the serious forms”, supporting his demonstration by comparing the occupancy rate of the resuscitation beds, appreciably more low in regions with high immunization coverage.
Conversely, those who oppose the text have questioned the effectiveness of such a vaccination obligation. “Its execution is problematic. Adopting a public policy without being able to execute it is to put oneself in a situation of public powerlessness, it is to discredit public action ”, for example argued in Senate committee the centrist parliamentarian Olivier Henno, quoted by Public Senate .