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COVID-19 VACCINES

How high are vaccination rates where you live in France?

More than 36.7 million people - or 54.5 percent of the population in France - have received one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, while more than 29.2 million people have been fully vaccinated, the government announced on Thursday, July 15th.

How high are vaccination rates where you live in France?
Photo: Martin Bureau | AFP

These are impressive figures, but the rollout across France varies from city to town, department to department, according to new information from Assurance Maladie (Ameli).

An online simulator, using Ameli figures from June 27th, reveals the take-up of vaccinations down to commune level – before President Emmanuel Macron announced the extension of the pass sanitaire (health passport) to include entry to venues including cinemas, restaurants, cafés, bars, nursing homes and for long-distance train and bus travel in a bid to increase flagging take-up of vaccines.

Millions of people have booked vaccination appointments since President Macron’s televised address on Monday, July 12th. 

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On Thursday alone, 544,000 people booked appointments – the third best day since the start of the vaccination campaign, according to Doctolib.

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According to Ameli figures, the sixth arrondissement of Paris had the largest take-up of first injections in Ile-de-France, with 66 percent of the population having had at least one jab. But in Dugny, Seine-Saint-Denis, just 26 percent of the population had received one dose, and 18 percent had had both injections.

Meanwhile, in Garches, Hauts-de-Seine, 53 percent of the population was already fully vaccinated.

Across the country, residents of Île de Noirmoutier, Vendée, had accepted the vaccination process. A total of 55 percent of the population was fully vaccinated across all age-groups, while 66 percent had had one dose.

Toulouse had one dose in 49.1 percent of the population, Lyon 47.2 percent, and Nice – whose mayor Christian Estrosi has set a target of 80 percent vaccinated by the end of August – had a one-dose figure of 44.1 percent and a fully vaccinated total of 34.3 percent.

The simulator is available here. Simply enter your department number to see information for each commune.

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COVID-19 VACCINES

More than 100,000 protest Macron’s plan to ‘piss off the unvaccinated’

More than 100,000 people across France protested on Saturday over what they say are government plans to further restrict the rights of the unvaccinated.

More than 100,000 protest Macron's plan to 'piss off the unvaccinated'
Demonstrators hold a banner reading " The youth piss off the vaccine front " during a protest against the health pass on Saturday. Photo: Christophe Archambault/AFP

The protest came only days after French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to “piss off” those refusing the jab.

The turnout was four times higher than the numbers who answered the December 18 call to protest, when 25,500 people marched across the country, according to government estimates.

The protests oppose a planned law that will require individuals to prove they are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus before they can eat out, travel on inter-city trains or attend cultural events.

On Thursday, France’s lower house of parliament passed the controversial bill in a first reading. The government has said it expects the new requirements to be implemented by January 15, although lawmakers in the Senate could now delay the process.

About 18,000 protesters gathered in Paris. Photo: Christophe Archambault/AFP

Interior ministry officials said 105,200 people participated in Saturday’s protests across France, 18,000 of them in the capital Paris, where police reported 10 arrests and three officers slightly injured. Elsewhere there were 24 arrests and seven police officers lightly injured according to the ministry.

Among the larger demonstrations, around 6,000 demonstrators turned out in Toulon, while in Montpellier police used teargas during clashes with protesters.

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The Paris protesters, many of them unmasked, braved the cold and rain brandishing placards emblazoned with the word “truth” and “No to vaccine passes”.

Others took aim at Macron, using the same coarse language he employed in his attack on people holding out against vaccination earlier in the week.

Macron said Friday that he fully stands by controversial remarks he made on Tuesday, when he vowed to “piss off” people not vaccinated against Covid-19 until they accept shots.

The earthy language and uncompromising approach provoked uproar in French media and from opponents.

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