How extensive is the vaccine roll out in your jurisdiction? How quickly will advisors and their clients need to understand the key questions involved with the vaccine as a workplace panacea?

Lionel Paraire

Partner, Galion

As mentioned by the WHO, “the development and rapid deployment of vaccines against Covid-19 represents a fundamental step towards ending the pandemic, protecting health systems and helping to restore global economies”.

As of June 29th, 2021 more than 50% of people in France had received a first shot of the vaccine and more than 30% both shots. Since May 31, anyone over 18 years old could be vaccinated in France, and young people from 12 to 18 years old were accepted for vaccination from June 15.

The vaccination strategy put in place in France should help people to meet three public health objectives:
• Reduce mortality and severe forms of the disease,
• Protect caregivers and the health care system,
• Ensuring vaccine and immunization safety.

It is based on three principles:
• Not mandatory,
• Free of any charge,
• Highly secured.

As it is not mandatory, vaccines cannot be considered as a workplace panacea. The French government still insists on the shielding measures that must be applied everywhere, including in the workplace: keep a two-metre distance between you and others, air rooms as often as possible, wear a mask and restrict social contacts.