The Constitutional Council must now examine the text before the entry into force of the new anti-covid measures
The French Parliament approved yesterday to finalize the bill on the management of the health crisis that will force doctors and nurses to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and the French to present a health certificate from August to be able to enter cafes, bars and restaurants and use long-distance transport.
The health certificate, however, will not be required at the entrance of the shopping centers, as the government intended, but it will be required in the restaurants that house them.
The bill, which also provides for mandatory isolation for those infected by the coronavirus with greater controls by health authorities, was approved after more than 60 hours of debate in the National Assembly and the Senate.
The Constitutional Council must now examine the text before the entry into force of the new anti-Covid measures. Although the French Government wanted to impose the health certificate in hospitality and transport from August 1, it will have to wait a few more days to be able to implement it or not. On August 5, the Constitutional Council is expected to announce its decision.
In order to obtain a health certificate, on paper or in digital version, you must have the complete vaccine schedule, a PCR or negative antigen test of less than 48 hours or present a medical certificate that the Covid-19 has been passed in the last six months.
French President Emmanuel Macron’s speech announcing the extension of the health certificate has sparked an avalanche of requests for appointments to get vaccinated. Since July 12, the date of Macron’s speech, 5.4 million French people have made an appointment to get vaccinated on Doctolib, the leading website for medical appointments.
Forty million French people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, which is equivalent to 60% of the population, Macron announced yesterday on Twitter. In fifteen days, four million French people have been vaccinated. 50.5% of the French already have the complete schedule of the vaccine. The Government has set itself a goal that by the end of August 50 million French people have at least one dose of the vaccine.
But not all French people are happy with the measures announced by Macron. Some 161,000 French people demonstrated last Saturday and 114,000 protested on July 17 against the mandatory vaccination for doctors, nurses and other professions and against the extension of the health certificate.