France's boosters

France’s Macron extends booster shots, says will be required for health pass

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks at a press conference at the Nato summit on 4 December 2019 in Watford, England. (Photo: Dan Kitwood / Getty Images)

PARIS, Nov 9 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that booster shots for the COVID vaccine will be extended to those aged 50 and over from early December, and that the booster would become a requirement for health passes to remain valid.

The third shot is so far available in France only for those aged 65 and more and the vulnerable. From December 15, they will need to give proof of a COVID-19 booster shot in order to maintain their health passes, the president said.

The health pass, required to enter restaurants and bars, to go to the gym or a conference, and for long-distance train and plane journeys provides proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, has recently had a negative coronavirus test or has newly recovered from the virus.

Macron also urged those not yet vaccinated to do so. “To those not yet vaccinated: Get vaccinated. Get vaccinated to protect yourselves. Get vaccinated to live normally,” the president said in a televised address to the nation.

Macron said Europe was seeing a fifth wave of infections and that in France there had been an alarming rise in the number of COVID-19 hospital patients and in the rate of spread.

France registered 12,476 new confirmed COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, the highest level since Sept. 8, health ministry data showed. (Reporting by GV De Clercq, Tangi Salaum, Sudip Kar-Gupta, Richard Lough Writing by Ingrid Melander)


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