Emmanuel Macron confirms compulsory vaccination in France for health personnel. “Vaccination will be made mandatory” for all those who are in contact with frail people and this obligation will concern “health and non-health personnel of hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, facilities for people with disabilities, all professionals or volunteers who work in contact with fragile people, even at home “, he announced in his speech this evening.
“Our country is affected by a strong resumption of the epidemic which affects all territories”, said the French president. “We have one main resource: the vaccine,” he stressed. “It solidly protects us against the Delta variant and avoids 95% of severe forms.” “The more we vaccinate – he added – the less space we will leave for the virus to spread, the more we will avoid hospitalization”.
“This is a new speed race that is started”. But if vaccination does not increase sufficiently, it will be necessary to “raise the question of mandatory vaccination for all French people”, he then warned. “We must move towards vaccination for everyone, because it is the only way to return to normal life”.
This will be “a summer of gatherings, but also of vigilance, the fight against the virus and vaccinations”, the French president said again. “When we return, we will have an appointment with our future,” he said.
Macron also announced the first extension of the ‘health pass’ – the document certifying vaccination or negativity with respect to the coronavirus – starting from 21 July in France: starting from that date the document will be necessary to access all events or places where more than 50 people are gathered. It will affect all French citizens over 12 years old.