“We are aiming for a definitive adoption of the vaccine pass in the first half of January,” government spokesman Gabriel Attal announced on Tuesday. The bill being presented in the Council of Ministers on December 27, the parliament should “examine this text between Christmas and New Year’s Day,” he added.
The government’s proposed vaccine pass will replace the current health pass in the hope that it will help mitigate the spread of the Omicron variant.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Jean Castex met with associations of local elected officials. “He praised their work, their mobilization and their involvement, especially in the vaccination campaign,” said Attal, adding that “a consensus is emerging on the need for caution”.
The current COVID-19 situation worries the government, prompting it to speed up the recall campaign, extend vaccination to children aged 5 to 11, close nightclubs and ban large New Year’s gatherings.
Last weekend, “we estimated that 10% of contaminations in our country were linked to the Omicron variant. We are probably beyond that today, and probably very beyond that in certain regions, notably in Ile-de-France, ”the government spokesperson also declared.
Attal said that as the virus spreads, the booster vaccination campaign is gaining momentum. The recall was administered to 20 million French people “four days before our target”, he added.
Other measures such as the extension of school holidays are not on the agenda for the moment.
These “can only be a last resort,” said Attal, before concluding: “Precaution, mobilization, union. This is how we can collectively meet this challenge ”.
(Nelly Moussu | EURACTIV.fr)