French legislator approves “vaccine pass” — Action News Now

Bill seeks to enter public places with proof of vaccination

The French National Assembly passed a bill that, if approved by the Senate next week, would make people who want to eat out, visit cultural venues, and travel the country must be vaccinated against the new coronavirus.

After a few days of intense debate in the lower house of the French parliament, in the early hours of Thursday, legislators finally gave the green light to a piece of legislation aimed at addressing the spread of Covid in the country. 214 members voted in favor, 93 against and 27 abstained.

One measure in the bill includes the introduction of so-called “vaccine passes” to replace existing “health passes”, which people must show to enter cafes, bars, restaurants, and movie theaters. , Museums and inter-regional public transportation. According to current regulations, people who have recovered from Covid or have been vaccinated within the past six months are eligible for a health pass. Under this system, there is another way that is still open: PCR or antigen test is negative, and a 24-hour health pass can be obtained.

However, the vaccine pass will be different. As the name suggests, it will no longer exchange negative test results, and will only be issued to those who have recently recovered or have been fully vaccinated against Covid.

These rules will apply to all people over 12 years old, except for those with medical exemptions.

The bill was criticized by far-right and far-left parties in the National Assembly. They criticized the bill as an attack on the personal freedom of French people.

Adding fuel to the fire was President Emmanuel Macron’s comments to a French newspaper on Tuesday, in which he defined his strategy as “anger“Not vaccinated. Macron said that only “few“Still stubborn, adding that his government will exert greater pressure to restrict the social life of these people so that they can be vaccinated.

The Senate will start discussing the bill next Tuesday, and the Emmanuel Macron government hopes to pass the bill into law before January 15. However, this may be delayed because Republicans have indicated that they will submit the disputed legislation to the French Constitutional Council. Conservatives want it to check whether the need to protect the French people from Covid is “balanced“It opposes the need to respect the individual freedom of citizens.

On Wednesday, France reported 332,000 new Covid cases, which is not only a new daily record for the country, but also a new record for any country in Europe. With the emergence of Omicron, the number of infections in France has been steadily increasing. It is estimated that about 5 million people there have not yet been vaccinated against Covid.

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