France: The possibility of vaccination becoming mandatory is open

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The President of France Emanuel Macron left open the possibility of it becoming vaccination is mandatory for Covid-19 in the country, but noted that at present this is not his priority.

When asked in an interview with TF1 and LCI if vaccination would be mandatory, he replied: “This hypothesis is real.” But he quickly added that, in practice, the goal has been achieved. With almost 90% of eligible citizens already vaccinated, France is not far from the level it would have achieved if the vaccine had been made compulsory, he explained.

The French president urged those who have not yet been vaccinated to do so. “There are just over 5 million of our fellow citizens who are not vaccinated and therefore, I call on them to take responsibility because they are not protected and we are seeing a lot of cases today in the hospitals (…) of people who were not vaccinated,” he said.

“Get vaccinated, get vaccinated, get vaccinated: this is the first pillar,” he repeated.

The interview was filmed on Sunday and broadcast today.

For children aged 5-11 years, the vaccine is desirable to get“But it ‘s up to the parents,” he explained.

Macron avoided ruling out new restrictive measures at Christmas time, saying that “we should always be wary of such matters”. He also expressed confidence that hospitals will be under a lot of pressure during the holiday season due to the high number of patients with Covid-10.

Earlier, a government source said that France considers making it mandatory for all visitors from the UK to have taken a molecular test, where the cases of the Omicron variant are rapidly increasing.

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