PARIS (AP) – French President Emmanuel Macron issued a massive call on Tuesday for people to get booster shots to fight the growing viral infections of concern across Europe.
Anyone over 65 who was vaccinated more than six months ago will need to be re-vaccinated by mid-December for their “health pass” to remain valid, Macron said.
He promised to tighten the health passport, which is required to visit all restaurants and many public institutions in France. To obtain a pass, people must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, a negative virus test, or a recent recovery from the virus.
Booster shots currently allowed in France for people over 65 or with underlying medical conditions will be expanded to over 50 in December, Macron said.
“Each of us has a role to play” to avoid the deadly fifth wave of the pandemic, Macron said in a televised address.
Stressing that most of those hospitalized in France with the virus are not vaccinated, Macron also called on 6 million other unvaccinated French people to “get vaccinated.” Protect yourself. “
Almost 75% of the French population is fully vaccinated, including 88% of adults. This is one of the highest rates in Europe, but vaccinations have dropped in recent weeks.
Macron also outlined the ways his government is trying to boost the economy.
The speech was made as the number of cases of the virus in many European countries is on the rise again, and some hospitals are facing new pressures as vaccination efforts slow down and winter approaches.
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