Sep 16, 2021 - Health

France suspends 3,000 unvaccinated health workers without pay

A nurse tends to a patient in France.
A nurse tends to a patient at a hospital in France. Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP via Getty images.

France has suspended about 3,000 health workers without pay for failing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Reuters reports.

Driving the news: The suspensions came after Wednesday's government-imposed deadline for the country's 2.7 million health workers to get at least one dose of the vaccine.

What they're saying: Health Minister Olivier Veran told French RTL radio that despite the suspensions, "it hasn't been chaos," per Reuters.

  • He added that while some workers have resigned, "most of the suspensions are only temporary ... many have decided to get vaccinated as they see that the vaccination mandate is a reality."
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