Anyone who works in a hospital or nursing home must be vaccinated in France by September. President Macron announced that. The obligation immediately led to more booked appointments.
France introduces mandatory corona vaccination for health care workers. President Emmanuel Macron announced in a televised address that employees in hospitals and nursing homes as well as those in contact with high-risk patients have time to get vaccinated until mid-September.
Subsequently, the obligation to vaccinate should be checked and violations punished. Health Minister Olivier Véran specified on the LCI channel that unvaccinated health workers would then no longer be able to work and would no longer be paid. “We have to move towards vaccinating everyone because that’s the only way back to normal life for now,” said Macron. The question of compulsory vaccination also arises for the general population.
PCR test for a fee
So far, around 53 percent of people in France have been vaccinated against Corona at least once. The number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week had been falling in France for weeks. But it has been rising again since the end of June. Most recently, the value nationwide was around 35, in several departments it exceeded the 50 mark. According to official information, the delta variant of the corona virus accounts for almost 60 percent of all new infections.
Macron’s televised address had an immediate effect: After the speech, the French booked almost a million Corona vaccination appointments on the Internet, as the booking website Doctolib announced on Tuesday. More than 22 million people watched the presidential address on television. Macron had almost twice as many viewers as the final of the European Football Championship on Sunday.
Rush for appointments
Within a few hours, 926,000 new vaccination appointments were made online in France, as Doctolib boss Stanislas Niox-Chateau told the broadcaster BFM-TV. Under 35-year-olds in particular were convinced: They accounted for almost two thirds of bookings.
In view of the increasing number of cases, Macron also announced a tightening of the corona rules. From July 21st, a negative corona test or proof of vaccination or recovery will be required in the cinema or theater. This applies as soon as more than 50 people come together. Proof is currently only required if there are more than 1,000 people. From August, according to Macron, proof will also be mandatory in long-distance trains, bars, restaurants, shopping centers and hospitals. To this end, however, a corresponding law must first be passed.
Macron announced even stricter regulations for the French overseas territories of La Réunion and Martinique. A health emergency is to be declared in the areas on Tuesday and a curfew is to be introduced.