Reports in France last night, suggested that as many as half of the country’s care home staff will refuse to take a coronavirus vaccine.
A Trade Union official told rt.com that mistrust in government and a lack of communication is to blame. French media reported recently that four in ten people are unlikely to accept a vaccine when offered one.
“We have lost confidence in the government over the vaccine process. People are concerned about side effects. Some want to wait and get more information.”
French care workers have good reason to be concerned. Last month Le Monde reported that;
Caregivers reported strong side effects, such as fever and fatigue after getting an AstraZeneca injection, with influenza-like illnesses, which are often very intense being recorded in people aged just over 34.
In response, France’s National Academy of Medicine suggested that the vaccine should be compulsory for care givers and health workers.
Scepticism is on the rise everywhere. Yesterday, several European countries suspended the AstraZeneca vaccine, after reports of serious adverse events emerged, including deaths and blood clotting.