France approves bill to extend Covid health government has approved a plan to make the use of the French sanitary pass (sanitary pass) widely available and mandatory for healthcare workers to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
The new rules were debated early this morning (July 26) after four days of discussions between MPs and the Senate.
They passed 199 and 129 in favor of the Senate and 15 in, 150 against and 14 in the National Assembly with concessions.
Senator Philip Bass said: “We are aware that the health situation in our country is serious. This is the fourth time that we are faced with the return of the epidemic … This justifies the exceptional measures that have been taken, including our deepest regrets.
“A new law has been passed in the spirit of the parliamentary responsibility to protect the people of France,” said Richard Ferrand, President of the National Assembly.
France approves bill to extend Covid health The laws would make it mandatory to vaccinate healthcare workers in 70 professions against COVID-19.
Those who have not received at least one dose of the vaccine by September 15 will be fired from their posts – but not fired – and their salaries will also be suspended.
Those who have received a dose by that date will have until October 15 to be fully immunized.
Prolonged use of health cards
The new rules provide a legal framework to increase the use of French health cards. The obligation to show the sanitary pass The film was launched on July 21 for multiple cultural and leisure venues with a capacity of 50 people or more, including museums, gymnasiums and swimming pools.
To access these places, people must present a health passport in the form of proof of full vaccination, results of negative tests carried out within 48 hours or proof that they have the Covid-19 in front of them.
Read more: What changes with the Covid Health Pass in France on July 21
From August (exact date not yet fixed), health cards will require access to restaurants, bars, hospitals (excluding emergencies), nursing homes for the elderly and a wide range of long-distance trips.
However, a general law that would require a health subscription to enter major shopping malls has not been approved, as previously expected.
Instead, prefects will have the right to introduce the use of health packages in large shopping centers in their department or region if a peak occurs in their territory.
In this case, it will be possible to access the shops and services required in the centers without a health subscription.
Health pass rules for employees and 12-18 year olds
Employees working in places where a health card is required for admission will have to present a health card from August 30. Those who do not pay will be suspended from their duties.
However, they will not be made redundant. Three days after the suspension, a meeting will be held to try to find a solution to move them into a role that does not require the use of health passes.
Originally, the plan was for children between the ages of 12 and 18 to use the health pass from September 30 instead of August 30.
In this age group, 12-15 year olds can be vaccinated with the permission of at least one parent. Adolescents 16 years of age or older can choose to be vaccinated independently.
The current plan means health passes will be used until at least November 15.
135 fine for using a false health pass.
New role for self-isolation
Under the new law, people who test positive for Covid-19 must self-isolate for 10 days.
During this time, they can be contacted for insurance matters or regional health agencies to check if they are complying with the rules.
People who break the rules can be referred to law enforcement.
Protests against the new rules are on the rise
This morning, Health Minister Olivier Varane tweeted: “It’s a good evening for democracy, and a bad one for the virus. After 60 hours of negotiations, the majority and the opposition have managed to find a unified way to fight the epidemic. ”
He saw 1,160,000 people protest the plan after the protests on Saturday, July 24.
Last step before the promulgation of the law – the laws will now go through the Constitution of the Council to verify if they are in conformity with the French Constitution.
After that, August 5th will be given a date from which they will take effect.
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