(RT) – Workers at Montélimar Hospital, in France’s Drôme province, are on strike indefinitely to protest new rules that require them to have a Covid-19 vaccine by mid-September or face losing their jobs.
strike against “forced vaccination” The CGT-GHPP was announced by the union on Thursday, affecting about 200 doctors and 1,500 nurses in the southeastern French city.
Hundreds gathered outside the hospital on Friday, denouncing the lockdowns and vaccination mandates and chanting “Freedom!” (Freedom).
France’s legislature is finalizing a proposal that would require all medical professionals dealing with vulnerable people to be fully vaccinated by September 15, or else lose their salaries and even their jobs.
“We are against compulsory vaccination and forced vaccination” Elsa Roeler, representative of the local union, said: Sputnik France. “There is no choice between tests or vaccination: vaccination is compulsory. No, we do not agree. We want to have the choice like the rest of the world and we do not want compulsory vaccination.”
Royler says her union supports “Free and Informed Consent” Not against vaccination in principle, but against coercion. Some medical workers said they are waiting for a French-made Sanofi-GSK vaccine, promised in December.
We are well aware of the evolution of the virus. We don’t take it lightly.” Roeler said. However, she and her astonished colleagues point out that even as positive tests for the delta variant of the coronavirus rise, there is no uneven rise in hospitals.
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