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Coronavirus: why caregivers are often reluctant to be vaccinated


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DECRYPTION – Every year, vaccination rates vary from one extreme to another for seasonal flu, depending on the occupation. It remains to be seen whether it will be similar for the Covid-19.

In the 2019 flu campaign, the vaccination rate was around 70% among doctors, compared to 40% among nurses and 20% among nursing assistants. DADO RUVIC / REUTERS

On the front line in the face of the epidemic, nursing staff will not be the first to be vaccinated (with the exception of at-risk nursing staff). Their turn will come in a second phase “As soon as a larger number of doses will be available”, recommends the High Authority of Health (HAS). They would then arrive, in order of priority, behind “Those over 75, then people aged 65 to 74 with co-morbid conditions, then other people aged 65-74”.

If this is surprising, it should be remembered that caregivers are not as likely to be vaccinated as you might think. “The seasonal flu vaccination rate is a good indicator, explains Michaël Schwarzinger, doctor in public health at Bordeaux University Hospital, who led the Covapred study by Public Health France on the acceptance of a vaccine against Covid-19. Overall, healthcare workers vaccinate more than the rest of the population, but the differences are very significant

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