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

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

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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