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France Reports Record Vaccination Appointments as Macron Tightens COVID-19 Measures

French President Emmanuel Macron announced, on Monday, that from July 21, all people who enter restaurants, cafes, hospitals, shopping centers or ride long distances by train will be required to present a health card for COVID, also known as ‘pass sanitarie’. , indicating that the person has been vaccinated or recently tested negative for COVID-19.

Similar rules aimed at containing the increase of delta variants within French territory will also be imposed on everyone over the age of 12 when attending theatres, cinemas, museums, theme parks or cultural facilities, reports.

“I understand, vaccination is not immediately mandatory for everyone. But we will extend the health card to the maximum, to pay as many of you to go and get vaccinated,” Macron told the country’s citizens.

As such, the president has indicated that no free COVID-19 tests will be distributed to citizens from September as a strategy to encourage vaccination rather than multiple testing. Tourists are now also required to pay for their COVID-19 tests.

Macron also announced that health care workers and retirees will be required to undergo vaccinations. Vaccination checks on these workers are expected to begin in September, with the risk of fines being imposed on those who do not follow such measures. Mandatory vaccination of all employees in close contact with the elderly and vulnerable, including domestic help, was also announced.

On the other hand, it was emphasized that since young people aged 12-17 have recently had their vaccination appointments, the deadline for fulfilling this requirement will be extended until August 30.

After Macron’s speech, more than 20,000 vaccine appointments were booked per minute, breaking all records since the start of the country’s vaccination campaign.

“We have broken all records since the start of the vaccination campaign, and it has continued through the night and into this morning,” France’s chief medical officer Stanislas, Knox Chateau, said on July 13.

However, this declaration was not welcomed by all French citizens as more than 2,250 people protested in Paris, calling for the “dictatorship to fall”.

In addition, to make the vaccination process more convenient, changes were also made to the rules regarding the health card. The new rules state that for a person to be considered fully vaccinated, seven days must pass after receiving the second dose of the vaccine.

Previously, the waiting period for immunity was 14 days. However, it should be noted that under EU regulations, these rules do not apply to those who plan to travel from France to other EU member states.

If you plan to visit France during the summer of 2021, be sure to check the country’s current restrictions.

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