The bill was approved in the French parliament on Monday, which also makes vaccination compulsory for all health workers. The measures have led to protests across the country. But, according to French President Emmanuel Macron, the measures are necessary to protect vulnerable people as well as hospitals. It is also seen as a way to avoid blockages and to curb the spread of the virus.
According to the new law, health workers are expected to start getting vaccinated before September 15. Otherwise, they risk suspension. For now, the health pass for restaurants, trains, planes and public places is applicable to adults, but it will also be applicable to anyone aged 12 years or older from September 30.
All you have to do is show paper or digital documents as proof of vaccination, or a negative Covid test report that was taken recently. The law also suggests that the government will establish rules on how vaccination documents from foreign countries are to be handled.
From now on, the rules are in effect until November 15, depending on infection rates and the state of the pandemic.
Macron recently visited a hospital in French Polynesia, where he asked: “What is your freedom worth if you tell me ‘I don’t want to be vaccinated’, but tomorrow you infect your father, your mother or myself. ?
He further said that protesters can speak in a calm and respectful manner, and he reiterated that these protests will not make the virus go away.