The lower house of the French parliament, the National Assembly, adopted a new anti-Covid law on Sunday night. It includes, inter alia, the extension of the sanitary certificate to places such as cafes and restaurants, and compulsory vaccinations for health workers. The plans to adopt the new law led to anti-vaccination protests. There were clashes with the police.
156 votes in the National Assembly were in favor of the new anti-Covid law, 60 against and 14 deputies abstained. Earlier on Sunday, the bill passed through the Senate, where 195 votes were in favor, 129 against, and 17 senators abstained.
Extension of the sanitary certificate and the obligation to vaccinate
The bill, which was heavily contested by some of the public, reflects this President Emmanuel Macron’s announcements on July 12.
Pursuant to the Act, the obligation to vaccinate was extended to health care workers, firefighters, and specialists and carers working with the elderly. A sanitary certificate (a health pass that confirms full vaccinations or the latest coronavirus test) will also be valid in cafes and restaurants from the beginning of August.
From July 21, the French must present a sanitary certificate in places where more than 50 people gather, including cinemas, theaters, museums and sports halls.
The law also provides for the mandatory isolation of COVID-19 patients. The government has introduced amendments to avoid loss of income for workers isolated due to infection.
Protests against the act
They were held in France on Saturday demonstrations against sanitary certificates. Demonstrators also expressed opposition to the obligation to vaccinate against COVID-19 for health care workers.
Clashes with the police took place, among others, in Paris, Lyon and Marseille. Officers used tear gas and water cannons. The protests are taking place at a time when, according to a poll, the vast majority of French people approve of the decision to introduce compulsory vaccinations for medics.
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