Under the hashtag #yeswecare, the initiative aims to draw attention to the impact of the pandemic on doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.

The "quiet and discreet" minute of silence is set to take place outside all hospitals and health institutions at midday Thursday.

The statement released Tuesday evening reminds us that the health crisis, now in its second year, is bringing a chronically understaffed sector to its limits.

It also promotes vaccination as a safe protection against severe infection and spreading the virus, and thanks the 450,000 residents who have opted to get the jab so far.