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France requires Covid-19 booster shots for older citizens’ health passes

When he announced the opening of the third injection for over-50s in early December, Macron also said that from mid-December, proof of a third injection would be needed for over-65s to revalidate their health card.

In France, people over 65 can request a third dose since 1 September.

The health pass has been an essential tool for the French government in raising vaccination rates, banning access to public transport and a variety of public and private spaces to those without proof of full vaccination.

Face masks remain mandatory in schools and are currently mandatory inside and on public transport.

“The fifth wave has begun in Europe,” Macron said, citing the WHO, adding that the UK and Germany are now registering 30,000 new Covid-19 cases daily. “We’re not done with the pandemic yet,” he said.

Europe’s fifth wave

Large parts of Europe are battling to curb the rise of the Delta variant amid the easing of restrictions and the rollout of stuttering vaccines in some countries, with the WHO warning that half a million Europeans could die from Covid-19.

The fate of Covid-19 on the continent has changed dramatically in recent months. By the end of the summer, many countries had lifted the severe restrictions after countries, particularly in the west of the bloc, charged with vaccination programs plummeted.

As other parts of the world reopen, Europe could face another winter of renewed measures. The Danish government has proposed to reintroduce a digital “corona pass”, according to Reuters, and Austria banned unvaccinated people from restaurants and hotels this week. Iceland has also reintroduced masks and social distancing rules.

In France, Macron rejected all hopes that Covid-19 health regulations could be eased any time soon, “even if I know how difficult that is,” he said.

He made a “call of responsibility” to the 6 million French people who have yet to receive a single dose of the vaccine, adding that “we will have to live with the virus until the world’s population as a whole is vaccinated”.

He said France remained committed to “international solidarity” in providing vaccines.