• Emmanuel Macron announced the two-step extension of the health pass to go to certain places in France.

  • Vaccination for employees working with vulnerable people will become compulsory.

  • The so-called comfort PCR and antigen tests will soon no longer be free.

During his speech on Monday, Emmanuel Macron announced a new schedule of measures and restrictions in order to encourage the French to be vaccinated.

The executive thus hopes to avoid a fourth wave of coronavirus contamination for the time being inevitable in view of the insufficient vaccination coverage.

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July 13: The state of emergency reestablishes in Réunion and Martinique

Faced with an increased circulation of the virus in these two French overseas territories, a return to the state of emergency was recorded on Tuesday with the reinstatement of the curfew.

Between June 28 and July 4, the number of cases quadrupled in Martinique, from 110 to 410. During the same week, La Réunion deplored "an increase in the number of cases with a rate of weekly incidence approaching 150 per 100,000 (inhabitants), a slightly increasing positivity rate, increased hospitalizations and intensive care admissions ”.

July 21: The health pass extends to places of culture and leisure

While it was currently only mandatory to access places with more than 1,000 people, the health pass will now be for much smaller gauges.

It will be compulsory for people from 12 years old in places gathering more than 50 people, such as "a show, an amusement park, a concert or a festival", detailed the Head of State.

Beginning of August: new extension of the health pass

It will no longer be possible to enter cafes, restaurants and shopping centers without presenting a health pass. The latter makes it possible to show its non-contamination in different ways: either with a complete vaccination schedule, or with a negative PCR or antigen test of less than 48 hours, or with a positive covid test of more than two weeks and less than six months, thus proving your immunity.

This measure will concern customers, users and employees.

The pass will also be compulsory for traveling by plane, train or coach making long journeys.

Finally, it will be required at the entrance of medical establishments such as hospitals and retirement homes.

Before this extension is applied to these establishments open to the public, a law will have to be voted and promulgated.

"The law will not be applicable from August 1, there will be a few days of delay", indicated the Minister of Health Olivier Véran on BFMTV.

Beginning of September: First vaccine boosters

A recall campaign will be launched at the start of the school year for the first vaccinated in January and February.

"Appointments can be made from the first days of September" in order to benefit from a new injection, said Emmanuel Macron.

September 15: Compulsory vaccination of nursing staff

Nursing and non-nursing staff working in contact with fragile people in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, as well as professionals and volunteers working with the elderly, including at home "will have until September 15 to be vaccinated", indicated Monday the president.

From that date, checks will be carried out and penalties applied in the event of non-compliance with this obligation.

Concretely, non-vaccinated caregivers on this date "will no longer be able to work and will no longer be paid", detailed the Minister of Health Olivier Véran.

Regarding this obligation, a bill must be presented to the Council of State, then voted on in the National Assembly and the Senate by the end of July.

This fall: End of free PCR tests and possible extension of the health pass

The president affirmed, without giving a precise date, that from “this autumn”, the PCR and antigenic tests will become paying.

Only a medical prescription will still allow them to be reimbursed.

This measure recommended at the end of June by the National Academy of Medicine aims to "encourage vaccination rather than the multiplication of tests," said Emmanuel Macron. In addition to places of culture, leisure and public reception such as cafes, restaurants and shopping centers, the government is not ruling out extending the health pass "to other activities this fall".

This potential third phase of enlargement will depend on the health situation.


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