French president makes special Covid health passes mandatory for access to all restaurants, shopping malls.
In a televised speech; Macron instructed people to use special Covid health passes. Passes can be used by – whoever goes to a restaurant, shopping mall, hospital or using any means of transport.
In order to get a pass, people must show evidence of complete vaccination. Or if, they recently recouped from the virus, or have taken a recent negative PCR test.
The president told the nation;
“You’ve realized – vaccination is not instantly mandatory for everyone, but we’re going to expand the health pass to maximum people, to push most of you to go and get vaccinated.”
Macron also warned about compulsory Covid-19 vaccinations for workers in healthcare and retirement homes. Vaccine inspections on those workers will begin in September, with a chance of sanctions or penalties for not cooperating with the government.
From the autumn, Covid tests will be charged a particular fee.
“This is to encourage vaccination rather than multiple tests,” Macron added.
After Macron’s speech, the French medical booking site, Doctolib, noted a wave of people attempting to make appointments for vaccines.
The French government and health advisers worry about the speed with which the Delta variant is spreading.
The health minister, Olivier Veran, has called the Delta variant the new enemy. It is so much more harmful than the previous strains.
The number of new cases in France jumped to 4,200 a day and about 7,000 people remain hospitalized. Some 40 percent of France’s population registers fully inoculated.
The delta variant is driving France’s infections rate back up. Just as it kicked off, a new season after a long-standing lockdown.