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COVID-19 VACCINES

Four million French get vaccinated in two weeks since Macron’s announcement on health passports

The number of people in France who have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine has crossed the 40-million mark, President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday.

Four million French get vaccinated in two weeks since Macron's announcement on health passports
Photo: Pascal Pochard Casablanca/AFP

After four million people received vaccines over the past two weeks, some 60 percent of the population are now partly or fully vaccinated, Macron tweeted during an official visit in French Polynesia.

In total 40 million people have had at least one dose and 33 million are fully vaccinated.

In the 15 days since Macron’s announcement that health passports will become compulsory for a wide range of venues including cafés and restaurants – and the announcement that vaccination will become compulsory for health workers – nearly 6 million people have booked an appointment and 4 million have already had their first dose.

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“All together, we will beat the virus. We will carry on,” he said.

The announcement comes a day after France’s parliament voted to formally adopt the extension of the health passport.

Vaccine passports have encountered fierce opposition from some, who believe they erode civil liberties. At weekend protests against the rules, over 160,000 people rallied and dozens were arrested.

France recorded almost 23,000 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, twice as many as the previous week, as the Delta variant caused a surge.

But the number of intensive care cases has dropped dramatically from its peak in April, with the government crediting the improvement to the accelerating vaccination rollout.

According to health minister Olivier Véran, 96 percent of those in hospital with the most serious forms of the virus are not fully vaccinated.

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Member comments

  1. My wife is still waiting for the local chemist to get the vaccine in and has been for the last two weeks!

    1. Make an appointment at a vaccine centre with, e.g., Doctolib.
      Depending on local demand, etc., you may even be able to make an appointment for the next day (I was able to do this), plus an appointment for the second jab.

      It’s good to hear your partner wants to be vaccinated, but (albeit obviously depending somewhat on your location) a vaccine centre is quite possibly a way of being jabbed sooner.

      And have you been vaccinated yet?

      1. Thanks for advice but I had janssen vaccine two months ago, wife is waiting for chemist to get supply in.

  2. Why not go to a vaccination centre? Appointments enough and if not locally drive a few more kilometers. By now there is no excuse not to be vaccinated for anyone over 50 who wanted it, as there have been plenty of time and opportunities. Unless you choose not to, that’s another matter, and choise.

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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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France recorded 303,669 new coronavirus cases on Saturday amid mounting pressure on hospitals.

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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