The delta variant of the coronavirus has caused the number of reported Covid-19 cases to rise again in many countries despite a weeks-long vaccination campaign. President France Emmanuel Macron gave a televised address on Monday evening announcing concrete measures to protect France from another lockdown.
Compulsory vaccinations for medical personnel. Macron announces a “health permit”
President Macron has announced that from mid-September, unvaccinated people will not be able to work in the healthcare system. Vaccinations will be mandatory for medical personnel, but also for other people who come into contact with patients. After September 15, the process of checking whether all employees have been vaccinated will begin, followed by possible “sanctions”.
Noticeable changes will come faster for those who have not been vaccinated, who have not recovered, and who have not tested negative for Covid-19. At the beginning of August, they will lose access to bars, cafes, restaurants and shopping centers, as well as planes, trains and buses.
Even before that, from July 21, these people will not be able to visit cinemas and theaters as well as other “relaxation and culture” places where more than 50 people gather.
Bill The “Health Card” aims to encourage the French to get vaccinated. Currently, more than half are vaccinated with at least one dose, but just over 36 percent have taken all doses.
“For the sake of our security and our unity, we must strive to vaccinate all the French people,” Macron called on Monday evening.
The president also announced that, starting in the fall, the French will pay for PCR tests on Covid-19. “We will do the same everywhere, recognizing citizenship and imposing restrictions on those who have not been vaccinated,” Macron said.
At the same time, Macron announced the imposition of a state of emergency and a curfew in the overseas territories of La Reunion and Martinique due to the development of the next wave. pandemic.