August 1, 2021

of caregivers explain their reluctance

“You give me a big hug, and come on, hop, we rock. “ Gently and firmly, two caregivers methodically move an elderly old lady from her chair to her bed. The time is soon for a nap on the floor of the neurovascular unit of the geriatric hospital of Charpennes, in Villeurbanne (Rhône). “Here we have the patients who have had a stroke [accident vasculaire cérébral] : the most recent at the start of the corridor, the most stable at the end, with which we can concentrate on rehabilitation ”, explains the nurse, pointing to the row of red doors.

But, in a few seconds, the sweetness gives way to the emphasis and the tone comes alive. The vaccination obligation, announced by Emmanuel Macron for caregivers by September 15, under penalty of sanction, is reacting in the establishment of 280 beds, which is part of the Civil Hospices of Lyon.

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“It’s hypocritical and disgusting to trap colleagues”, Blandine blurted, who wishes to remain anonymous, leaving the room to join the treatment room. The nurse may have been vaccinated since May – “On a whim to travel”, she specifies – she does not give up. “A year ago, we were asked to come to work even if we had the Covid. Below 38.5 fever, it was good, it was not serious, we had garbage bags, the same mask all day … And there, we are told that we can no longer work if we do not is not vaccinated?, she says in one go. We are stigmatized, as if it was our fault, the Covid in nosocomial disease [attrapée à l’hôpital]. » The young woman does not fail to recall that many families “Laugh in the face” when she asks them to put on the mask.

The Lyon establishment, like many hospitals that welcome the elderly, was hit hard from the first epidemic wave, with at least half of the services becoming “All Covid”, and several clusters that have punctuated the last sixteen months. “We are told that it is so as not to see the hospital engorged, but why don’t we invest in caregivers and beds instead? she continues. The Delta variant, it does not saturate hospitals today! “

“It is not finished, this vaccine”

Among its 450 staff, the “Charpennes” account for 56% of vaccinated, with at least a first injection in the vaccination centers of the Civil Hospices of Lyon, in mid-July – a figure that has stagnated since May, recognizes- we at management. And 14 points lower than the average for the Lyon hospital group.

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