Western Europe

France approves law demanding COVID pass and vaccination for health sector

09:35, 26 July 2021
France approves law demanding COVID pass and vaccination for health sector Photo: Dinendra Haria/Keystone Press Agency/Global Look Press

France’s parliament has approved a law early Monday which will further urge people to show special virus passes before entering a restaurant and oblige health workers to do a mandatory vaccination.

Before the law was approved by the parliament, citizens were informed that the law, most likely, would be endorsed.

The only consideration of this law has prompted massive protests, which took place on July, 24.

The law requires all health care sector employees to get a jab by September 15. All the restaurants in France, also train, planes and other public meeting points demand a ‘health pass’. Such rules are applied only for adults so far, but later, starting September 30, the rule will concern 12-year-old and older people.

One should be fully vaccinated to get one's health pass’, be recently tested negative, or fully recovered from coronavirus.

President Macron called for national unity and mass vaccination to conquer the virus and lashed out at anti-vaccine ideas and protests.

Over 160,000 people were loudly protesting against the new measures of getting a ‘health pass’ and mandatory vaccination of health care workers this weekend. People shouted “liberty!” expressing their belief in the right of choice.

There are 44,4% of vaccinated people in France within 67 million of the population, according to Johns Hopkins University. The vaccinated citizens support the law, those who aren't – disagree with that.