GUADELOUPE / MARTINIQUE: After consulting with elected officials in Guadeloupe and Martinique, Sébastien Lecornu, Minister of Overseas Territories, and Olivier Véran, Minister of Solidarity and Health, announced an additional period of time to finalize the effective implementation of the vaccination obligation in the West Indies.
If the law of the Republic must be applied in all French territories, and thus in Guadeloupe and Martinique, the modalities of application must be adapted to the health and social situation of these two territories in order, in particular, to guarantee the proper management of patients and the continuity of care, the ministers said.
The level of vaccination of caregivers is now approaching 90%. Nevertheless, in order to allow the implementation (editor’s note: Monday, November 29) of groups of listening and dialogue receiving individually each professional concerned by a suspension for noncompliance with the vaccine obligation, the government sets December 31, 2021 as the date for the finalization of these exchanges for caregivers, employees of health and medico-social institutions and home help.
This date for the finalization of the implementation of the vaccination obligation will also concern firemen.
Within the framework of these listening and dialogue groups :
– Professionals who accept this individual exchange will signify it by a written commitment: the suspension of their remuneration will be lifted for the duration of this exchange.
– Professionals who refuse this individual exchange will continue their suspension or will be suspended in accordance with the law.
These listening and dialogue groups will be supported by an orientation and mobility support unit for health care providers who persist in refusing, after exchanges, the vaccination obligation, in order to assist them in a professional reorientation.
The government is also extending the date to December 31, 2021 for the finalization of the implementation of the vaccination obligation to all caregivers, employees of health and medico-social institutions, home care workers and firefighters. Until then, only the staff of the CHUM for which this postponement had already been announced as part of the measures accompanying the extension of the state of health emergency.
The modalities of dialogue, listening and support of the professionals concerned in Martinique will be similar to those proposed in Guadeloupe.
Furthermore, the government recalls that in the face of an epidemic threat that cost the lives of too many Guadeloupeans and Martiniquais during the previous epidemic wave of Covid-19, and while a 5th wave seems to be emerging, the protection of the health of our fellow citizens is an absolute priority. This protection requires the vaccination of all professionals who care for, assist or accompany the French people, especially the most fragile among them.