PARIS (Reuters) – France ought to take into account whether or not to make vaccination in opposition to COVID-19 obligatory for most of the people in order that the federal government can act shortly if the epidemic worsens, the nation’s well being authority mentioned on Friday.
Following a resurgence of the epidemic, the federal government this week made it obligatory for all well being staff to get vaccinated in opposition to Covid, however has up to now shied away from imposing Covid pictures on most of the people.
France’s HAS well being authority mentioned in a press release that the talk ought to deal with widening obligatory vaccination past the present authorities draft legislation and take into account whether or not to make vaccination obligatory for all individuals weak to Covid an infection, for professionals who’re in touch with the general public, and even for most of the people.
“The dynamic of the epidemic now requires a large enhance in vaccine protection … notable for essentially the most weak individuals,” HAS mentioned.
France has seen a surge in vaccinations this week after President Emmanuel Macron mentioned on Monday that from July 21 individuals must present proof of vaccination, immunity or a current destructive take a look at to be able to acquire entry to public locations resembling trains, cinemas and eating places.
On Wednesday, hundreds of individuals in Paris demonstrated in opposition to Macron’s plan for a well being go to enter public locations.
After falling from greater than 42,000 per day in mid-April to lower than 2,000 per day in late June, the common variety of new infections per day in France has crept up shortly once more, standing now at about 5,000 per day.
(Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Enhancing by Raissa Kasolowsky)