France imposes COVID-19 vaccine obligations, but relaxes some restrictions

The new COVID-19 Vaccine Pass will come into effect in France on January 24, as planned, and will severely limit the public life of those who have not decided to vaccinate. CCP virus.. At the same time, some restrictions are relaxed.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex said Thursday that he would no longer be required to work from home for at least three days a week from February 2nd, and that outdoor masks would no longer be required. On the same day, the upper limit for regular customers of sports and entertainment facilities will be lifted.

The government will allow the nightclub to open from February 16th. People are also allowed to eat popcorn and other snacks at the cinema.

Castex is the fifth wave of France CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virusAlso known as the new coronavirus, is showing signs of decline, but the pressure on hospitals remains high and the government wants to maintain current regulations for another 12 days.

Meanwhile, the Vaccine Pass, which goes into effect on January 24, severely restricts public movement of unvaccinated people over the age of 16. Domestic and interregional trains, restaurants, bars, sporting events, cinemas, theaters, and other venues.

Currently, unvaccinated people can enter these venues if they show the results of a recent negative COVID-19 test. That is no longer the case.

After weeks of controversy, the French Parliament approved a new vaccine pass bill on 16 January. Final approval by the Constitutional Court is required, and the Constitutional Court will announce its assessment on 21 January.

Protesters are raising placards and the French flag during a demonstration of the Healthpass and COVID-19 vaccine at Trocadero Plaza in Paris on January 15, 2022. (Geoffroy van der Hasselt / AFP via Getty Images)
Protesters have a placard stating “The truth will free you” during a demonstration against the Healthpass and COVID-19 vaccine at Trocadero Plaza in Paris on January 15, 2022. (Geoffroy van der Hasselt / AFP via Getty Images).

The new measure hoped that President Emmanuel Macron would “offend” unvaccinated people earlier this month in the Le Parisien newspaper, “by limiting access to activities in social life as much as possible. It is after saying.

Since December 1, 2021, when the vaccine pass was announced, protesters have been on the streets on a regular basis to oppose the mission.Protesters of the anti-vaccine movement in Paris Reacted by chanting to Macron, “We make you angry.”

According to the government, some exceptions to the vaccine path are planned for those who have recently recovered from COVID-19.

Castex said Thursday that the COVID-19 vaccine path is “necessary if you want to maintain and expand vaccination rates in the event of a new variant.” He acknowledged that the new measures “clearly impose restrictions on unvaccinated people.”

The Prime Minister also said that from February 2, children aged 12 to 17 will be eligible for the Booster COVID-19 shot.

He also advised parents to vaccinate children aged 5-11 years. The vaccine was made available in France on December 22, 2021 for ages 5-11. This group is not eligible for a third dose.

Children aged 12 to 17 do not need to take boosters, but adults do.

Castex needs a vaccine pass to prevent the spread of Omicron variants, but the pass can be suspended “if the number of infections drops sharply and the burden on the hospital is significantly reduced”. He said he had sex.

Health Minister Olivier VĂ©ran said it depends on how much pressure the hospital is under.

According to the database company StatistaIn France, as of January 18, 52.3 million people received two doses and 32 million received booster shots. There are 53.6 million people in France who have taken at least one dose.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

Mimi Nguyen Lee


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