• While vaccination against Covid-19 will become mandatory for hospital staff from September 15, some Internet users are alarmed about a drift allegedly observed in certain establishments.

  • “In public hospitals, caregivers must wear tunics of different colors to identify VACCINATED and NON VACCINATED !!

    Where are we going?

    “, Thus affirms a viral Facebook publication.

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    , the National Nursing Coordination union (CNI) indicates that it has had “no feedback in this direction”. 

Is the announced entry into force of compulsory vaccination against Covid-19 for nursing staff in hospitals and health establishments already causing surprising changes?

If this will not be effective until September 15, 2021, some health establishments have already started to make a distinction within their workforce, if a viral rumor is to be believed on social networks.

“In public hospitals, caregivers must wear tunics of different colors to identify VACCINATED and NON VACCINATED !!

Where are we going?

», An Internet user on Facebook is alarmed.

Its source ?

The remarks made during a Zoom videoconference bringing together many figures critical of the effectiveness of anti-Covid-19 vaccines and health measures, by a liberal nurse, a certain Isabelle D.

“I have had testimonials.

Caregivers in some departments are required to wear different colors to [distinguish] the vaccinated from the unvaccinated.

We have testimonies of discrimination which are appalling, there are pressures and appalling threats ”, affirms, in the video extract in question, the one who hopes to bring together caregivers opposed to compulsory vaccination.


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to find out the names of the hospitals allegedly concerned, Isabelle D. had not responded to our requests before the publication of the article.

Céline Durosay, national secretary of the National Nursing Coordination (CNI) union, indicates for her part that she has had "no feedback in this direction".

“I obviously do not know the situation in every hospital in France but, apart from the fact that the staff would not tolerate it, I do not even see how this would be possible from a practical point of view, in terms of lingerie as well as dispensation of outfits, ”she adds.

While specifying: "On the other hand, that there are certain establishments where the agents feel under pressure to be vaccinated, that, it is true, as well as a certain stigma"

staff who have not yet received an injection against the coronavirus.

“But what I continue to observe, for the most part, are not refusals of vaccination: the proportion of caregivers who refuse the vaccine is minimal.

Most of them wait for [the law] to come out to find out what the contraindications are to vaccination because many have health problems and do not want to take any risks.

Hospitals also wait for legal texts before imposing anything, they have no interest in taking measures today, ”concludes Céline Durosay.

Variable colors depending on the hospital

White, green, blue ... The nursing staff have for a long time worn gowns of different colors depending on the establishment, including the National Mutual of Hospitals and Health and Social Professionals (MNH) recently set out to trace their origin.

“When hospital administration was structured in the 19th century, it was still black that dominated […]. Color of order and honor, black is the sign of high moral standing […]. In 1834, the Assistance Publique demanded that caregivers and patients wear strict regulatory attire to assert its authority and the dignity of its missions. The blouse then became essential, ”explained the MNH on its site in August 2020.

While white remained the initial reference, diversification was observed in the 1970s: “A color code eventually imposed itself to differentiate professionals and services.

The White ?

For doctors and nurses.

The pink ?

Rather midwives and early childhood.

In the OR, surgeons dress in blue or green.

Under the operating room lights, the two colors are less reflective.


And the MNH concludes: “Today, colors may vary from one hospital to another.

But a body of rules of hygiene, ergonomics and comfort frame the practices.

The recommended work clothes are a tunic, pants and silent, non-slip and washable shoes.



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