|People wearing protective face masks walk through Paris’ Tularie Gardens on January 5, 2022, amid an outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France. REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes|
The French parliament on Thursday approved a plan for a vaccination card to prevent the spread of President Emmanuel Macron’s Omicron variant, while Macron’s remarks sparked a heated debate over whether he wants to “pacify” unvaccinated people.
Macron told Le Parisien earlier this week. That they wanted to make life so difficult for those who opposed the Covid-19 vaccine by taking them away from public places that they would be jabbed.
Just three months before Macron’s coarse language was widely seen as a political countdown to the presidential election, he tapped into intense public frustration against the unvaccinated.
Government data shows that more than 90% of people over the age of 12 have received at least two doses. A record number of people have been killed since October, Health Minister Oliver Vera said. 1 got the first shot on Wednesday after Macron’s comments were published.
Lower House lawmakers passed the draft law, including the vaccine pass, immediately after the 5 p.m. Many of those who voted against the bill were far-right or left-wing.
The bill will go to the Senate before the final vote in the National Assembly.
For months in France people have had to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter places like cinemas and cafes and use trains. But with the rise of Delta and Omicron variants, the government decided to drop the test option in the new bill.
The vaccine pass rules will apply to people over the age of 16 and will not apply to people over the age of 12 as the government initially demanded.
European countries are grappling with the possibility of forcing citizens to be vaccinated. Italy on Wednesday made Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for people aged 50 and over, requiring teachers and public health workers to be vaccinated. , Said Prime Minister Jean Castex.
Countries that switched to compulsory vaccination, such as Italy and Austria, have lower vaccination rates than France.
Castex also said that France would be ready to move on to a fourth Covid vaccine shot when the time was right.
On Wednesday, France set a new record of 332,000. Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours in the country and an additional 246 Covid-19 deaths in hospitals.