France extends COVID-19 booster injections, forces them to obtain a health pass – .

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France extends COVID-19 booster injections, forces them to obtain a health pass – .


A man shows his COVID-19 health passport at a restaurant as France imposes stricter restrictions where proof of immunity will now be required to access most public spaces and travel by intercity train, in Nice, France, on August 9, 2021 REUTERS / Eric Gaillard

PARIS, November 9 (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that people aged 65 and over will need to show proof of a COVID-19 recall from mid-December for health cards that give access to restaurants, trains and planes remains valid.

In addition, the third shot, so far only available to people over 65 and vulnerable people, will also be available from early December for the 50-64 age group, Macron said in a televised address.

“Since the end of the summer, a campaign has been launched to protect the over 65s as well as the most vulnerable among us. Today, we must accelerate, ”said Macron.

“If you were vaccinated more than six months ago, I invite you to make an appointment for a booster. From December 15, you will have to present proof of reminder to extend the validity of your health pass.

The health pass is required to enter restaurants and bars, to go to the gym or to a conference, and for long-distance journeys by train and plane.

Macron also urged those who are not yet vaccinated to do so. “To those who have not yet been vaccinated: get vaccinated. Get vaccinated to protect yourself. Get vaccinated to live normally, ”said the president. “We are not yet done with the pandemic. “

Macron said Europe is witnessing a fifth wave of coronavirus infections and that in France there has been an alarming increase in the number of COVID-19 hospital patients and the spread of cases.

France recorded 12,476 new confirmed infections on Tuesday, the highest level since September 8, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

Macron’s last big televised speech took place on July 12 at the start of a fourth wave of infections. He then announced that the COVID-19 health pass was being extended to a wide list of places, which resulted in a sharp increase in vaccination rates.

Reporting by GV De Clercq, Tangi Salaun, Sudip Kar-Gupta, Richard Lough; Written by Ingrid Melander; edited by Grant McCool

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