the “flexibility” required for the health pass from 12 years old

After Emmanuel Macron’s televised speech on the evening of Monday July 12, many ministers commented and clarified the measures set out. To encourage vaccination, the President of the Republic affirmed that the health pass would become compulsory from July 21 to enter leisure places such as cinemas and theaters but also, from August, in cafes. , restaurants and shopping centers, including for staff.

Résumé : What to remember from Emmanuel Macron’s speech

Caregivers who are not vaccinated by September 15 risk having their employment contract suspended for a few weeks, while they are in compliance. It will be a ” first stage “ before “A layoff”, even “A dismissal” if they refuse the vaccination, declared Tuesday, July 13 the Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne, on LCI.

With these announcements, the government wants to prevent a fourth epidemic wave of the highly contagious Delta variant. If contaminations start to rise again, the number of patients ill with Covid-19 in critical care stood at 957 on Monday, which remains well below the figure of some 6,000 patients reached at the peak of the third wave, at the end April.

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  • No specific date for the extension of the health pass obligation in August

The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, did not want to give ” precise date “ for the implementation of the health pass obligation extended to restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, trains and planes in August, after the first stage which concerns places of leisure and culture on July 21. “It won’t be the 1is August, because the law will not have time to be promulgated and fully applicable from the 1is August “, explained the minister on RMC – BFM-TV, Tuesday July 13. Olivier Véran also announced that the reduction in the time to obtain a health pass after his second dose of vaccine is “A track under study”.

Government spokesman Gabriel Attal also confirmed that staff in restaurants, cafes and shopping centers should have a proper health pass as soon as the obligation comes into force in August. “It would be incomprehensible for many French people to ask for a health pass to limit contamination in certain places from those French people who will frequent them, but that we do not ask the people who work in these places”, underlined Tuesday the Secretary of State, on Europe 1. Mr. Attal also specified that the police and gendarmes would not be concerned by the vaccination obligation or by the health pass.

  • The Minister of the Economy wants “flexibility” vis-à-vis adolescents

Adolescents, still rare to be vaccinated against Covid-19, must be the subject of “Flexibility” in the face of the extension of the health pass, Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Economy, ruled on Tuesday: “Let’s be flexible and understanding for teenagers”, he asked on France Info.

The pass will be requested from the age of 12. However, the 12-18 year olds are still few to be vaccinated, because they have only been eligible for vaccination since the end of June. To date, only the two-dose vaccine of Pfizer-BioNTech can be administered to them. This brings the minimum time between the first dose and effective vaccination to almost a month and a half.

  • Nearly 1.3 million appointments made for vaccination

Emmanuel Macron’s announcements to encourage vaccination provoked a surge in appointments. There have been “926,000 French people who made a vaccination appointment” Monday night on Doctolib, the site’s boss, Stanislas Niox-Chateau, announced on BFM-TV on Tuesday.

For 65% of the appointments, they are for people under 35 years old. In the morning, the platform continued to register a very high number of visits to reach nearly 1.3 million reservations. Mr. Niox-Chateau believes that “ around 350,000 French people have made an appointment since midnight on Doctolib ».

  • 22.4 million viewers for Emmanuel Macron’s speech

President Emmanuel Macron’s televised address on Monday evening was followed by 22.4 million viewers on all the channels which broadcast it, according to data from Médiamétrie.

The declaration of the Head of State obtained an overall audience share of 85.7%, all categories of viewers combined. If this score is very high, it is far from the audience summits for official statements, established by Emmanuel Macron in March and April 2020, during the first wave of the Covid-19 epidemic.

The World with AFP