Thousands of people rushed to book vaccinations in France on Thursday after the government announced that if all adults were eligible for booster shots and couldn’t get a health pass, they wouldn’t be valid after a period of time. I did it.
France’s health minister, Olivier Véran, said at a press conference Thursday that France was experiencing a new wave of incidents that were “stronger and longer” than the summer incident, but “blockage, curfew, store There is no closure. ” , No travel restrictions “applies.
By focusing on vaccination and measuring social distance, he said, “we are choosing to reconcile freedom and responsibility.”
Starting this weekend, everyone over the age of 18 will be able to get booster shots, according to Belan. Previously, booster shots were only available to healthcare professionals, people at high risk of severe Covid, and people over the age of 65. About 19 million people have been affected by the new announcement, Mr. Belan said.
Some adults who do not receive booster shots within 7 months of the second injection will be banned from access to restaurants, museums, long-distance trains, and other public places unless they are regularly inspected. , The pass will expire.
He said more than 400,000 vaccination appointments were booked on Wednesday prior to the press conference.
About 70% of the population is fully vaccinated. However, according to French officials, the number of new daily cases has recently surged to about 30,000 over the past few days, reaching the prime minister. Due to the recent surge, 4,100 to 8,500 school classes were closed last week.
France’s Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blankel said at a news conference that if one student tested positive, the class would not end, but all students would still need to be tested. He said that only those with a negative test result can return.
Hospitalizations (mainly unvaccinated patients) are also increasing, according to French health authorities.
Mr. Veran also urged the French to comply with the rules and guidelines of social distance. Starting Friday, he announced that masks will be required indoors at facilities and events that require a health pass, and that a pass will also be required to access the Christmas market.
“We must always be vigilant and return to good habits,” Belan said.