The Senate, with a right-wing majority, on October 13 rejected a bill aimed at establishing compulsory vaccination for all against Covid-19, defended by the socialist group which found itself isolated on this position.
Socialist parliamentarians have been advocating since the summer “the progressive obligation of universal vaccination” against the virus. The text, examined at first reading within the framework of a parliamentary “niche” of the group, intended to supplement the article of the Public Health Code relating to the obligation of diphtheria and tetanus vaccinations to add vaccination against Covid- 19.
The leader of the socialist senators Patrick Kanner defended the choice of “clarity” and “transparency”, believing that with the health pass, the government “demanded from the French an obligation of indirect vaccination”.
“We lack about 9 million people to immunize” to achieve collective immunity, “and it is not the health pass, whose effects are running out of steam considerably, which will allow us to achieve this”, added the PS rapporteur Bernard Jomier, while the extension of this health pass had been ratified a few hours earlier in the Council of Ministers.
Pass of arms between LR senators on the nature of anti-Covid vaccines
Started in peace, the debate suddenly ignited when the senator Les Républicains (LR) Sylviane Noël affirmed that “to make compulsory the administration of genetic vaccines whose experimental phase is still in progress, is politically reckless and morally reprehensible” .
The question of vaccination does not arise
“I can not let pass the implication on the experimental and uncontrolled character of these vaccines”, reacted the Secretary of State Adrien Taquet, while Bernard Jomier denounced an argument relayed by the “antivax”. “Today I am ashamed”, declared Alain Milon (LR), deeming “completely inadmissible” the “anti-vaccine” remarks made by Sylviane Noël. “I am revolted”, added René-Paul Savary (LR), for whom “the question of vaccination does not arise”.
– Public Senate (@publicsenat) October 13, 2021
The executive, which has ruled out compulsory vaccination in the general population, has made the health pass a pivot of its anti-Covid strategy. Since mid-September, however, vaccination has been compulsory for 2.7 million health professionals. “I sincerely think that if we had made the choice in July of a generalized vaccination obligation, we would have today the same vaccination coverage rates, because the difficulties would have been the same to reach the most distant”, a affirmed the centrist Nadia Sollogoub, the majority of the other speakers also defending at this stage, like the minister, “the incentive rather than the obligation”.