People over the age of 65 in France will soon be allowed to travel or visit restaurants only if they have the booster vaccine against the coronavirus, said French President Emmanuel Macron.
“From December 15, you will need to provide vaccine proof to extend the validity of your health permit,” he said. Despite the high vaccination rate – over 68 percent – France is experiencing an increase in the rate of coronavirus infection. On Tuesday, the country reported 12,476 new cases of infections – the highest figure since early September.
Health leave became mandatory throughout France in late July. People must show evidence of vaccination, a negative test or recovery from illness, to enter restaurants, museums, cinemas, as well as to travel by train and plane.
The measures have sparked several waves of street protests. “We are not done with the pandemic,” said President Macron, adding that the rate of infection had risen by 40% over the past week. Since the pandemic began last spring, the coronavirus has caused the deaths of over 118,000 people in France.
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