More than 900,000 people in France rushed to set up appointments to be vaccinated on Monday night, after the president warned that people would look at restrictions placed on them if they did not have a health pass that required a vaccine or a negative COVID test. covers.
Unveiling sweeping measures to tackle the surge in infections, Emmanuel Macron said vaccination would not be mandatory for the general public right now, but stressed that restrictions would be focused on those who have not been vaccinated.
The President said that health workers will have to get vaccinated by September 15, otherwise there will be consequences.
Stanislas Neos-Chateau, one of the country’s largest online websites used to book vaccine appointments, told RMC Radio that there were a record number of people seeking vaccines after the president’s announcement.
Niox-Chateau said, “There were 7.5 million connections on Doctolib in a matter of minutes. More than 900,000 French people made the vaccination appointment yesterday, more than double the previous record since May 11.”
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Macron said on Monday that health passes required to attend large-scale events would now be used more widely, including entering restaurants, cinemas and theatres.
It will also be necessary to board long-distance trains and planes from early August, giving people another incentive to take shots during the summer holiday season.
A slowdown in vaccination rates and a sharp increase in new infections due to the highly infectious, now dominant, delta variant have forced the government to rethink its strategy.