A good half-million French people risk being again classified as “unvaccinated”.
Anyone vaccinated seven months ago now needs a booster in France to continue to be considered vaccinated. The government wants to ban unvaccinated people from using cultural facilities, restaurants and long-distance trains.
DThe French National Assembly voted on Saturday at second reading the introduction of a new corona vaccination card. It is intended to replace the previously applicable health pass and corresponds to the German rule 2-G. In the future, proof of a corona vaccination or recovery via QR code will also be required in France in order to be able to visit shopping centres, cafés, restaurants or cultural events. A negative test is then no longer sufficient.
French MPs met on Friday afternoon to discuss the controversial bill and nearly 450 amendments at second reading. After heated debates, the text was finally approved early Saturday morning with 185 votes in favor. There were 69 votes against and 8 abstentions.
Indeed, the law should come into force this Saturday. Despite days of deliberations in a mediation committee, the National Assembly and the Senate could not agree on a compromise. The final vote of the National Assembly is now scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
New rules for proof of vaccination in the health passport entered into force on Saturday in France. Adults whose second vaccination dates back seven months and who have not yet received a booster vaccination are no longer officially considered vaccinated. According to the Ministry of Health, around 560,000 people are affected by the measure. The stricter rules have been in effect for people over 65 since mid-December.
The number of contaminations has exploded in France in recent weeks. Omicron now accounts for two-thirds of sequenced cases. More recently, authorities reported 329,000 infections in one day. The number of recorded infections per 100,000 people in a week was around 2,829 nationwide.