French President Emmanuel Macron gave a televised address on Monday. Given the surge of the Delta variant in the country, Macron announced further measures to slow the spread of the infectious variant and outlined plans to make vaccination compulsory for health workers…
Macron began by urging citizens to get vaccinated, stating, ‘If we do not act today, the number of cases will continue to increase’. He even explained that the government is striving to achieve a 100 percent vaccination rate across France.
Macron urged health workers to be vaccinated by September 15, after which they could face potential sanctions or fines. As the president said, vaccination is a ‘matter of individual responsibility […] but also a matter of our freedom’. Health minister Olivier Véran even revealed that non-vaccinated health workers won’t receive a salary nor be allowed to work after September 15.
Meanwhile, he announced that a vaccination campaign for high school, secondary school, and primary school students will begin when school starts in September. A curfew will also be reinstated in the French territories of Martinique and Reunion Island.
As of autumn, PCR tests will no longer be free of charge unless they are obtained with a prescription. It is hoped that the measure will reinforce vaccination rates, adding that ‘This summer will be a summer of economic recovery’.
The ‘health passport’ will also be required throughout different establishments in France from August, including bars, restaurants, cafés, and shopping centres. Shortly after the address, France’s online health portal Doctolib.fr crashed because of too many people trying to book vaccination appointments.
At the time of writing, around 40 percent of the population has received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, while 53.1 percent has received one dose.