French aged 65+ now need BOOSTERS to keep Covid pass — RT World News

Residents of France aged 65 and up will need a booster shot of a Covid-19 vaccine in order to keep their ‘health pass’ starting December 15, President Emmanuel Macron has announced, citing rising coronavirus cases.

Referring to the World Health Organization’s assessment, that “5th wave”Macron announced Tuesday that the European pandemic had begun. He also stated the requirements for seniors and expanded booster eligibility for those 50 years and over.

“Being free, in a nation like France implies responsibility and solidarity,” Macron said, according to French media, urging the 10 million or so citizens who haven’t had the jab yet to do so. “Vaccinate yourself to protect yourselves. Vaccinate yourselves to be able to live normally.”

The ‘pass sanitaire’ introduced in July will cease being valid for those 65 and older who have not had their third shot as of December 15, the Elysee Palace said.

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Around 80% of eligible French citizens are vaccinated. However, only three million out of 6.8 million seniors have been vaccinated since September. 

Israel was the first to revoke ‘fully vaccinated’ status of citizens who haven’t received a booster, though the rollout of the new health pass in early October was beset by technical difficulties.

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France is the first European country to require boosters for the ‘health pass’. Greece might make the vaccine certificate expire in six months. But, it hasn’t yet.

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