Macron keeps mandatory vaccination on the table
French President Emmanuel Macron has refused to rule out mandatory Covid-19 vaccination as millions of French people remain unvaccinated despite a rise in cases.
Asked by French TV channels TF1 and LCI on Wednesday whether vaccination for Covid-19 would become mandatory in the future, Macron replied, “This hypothesis exists,” before noting that France was not far off from being fully vaccinated anyway.
The president did encourage the “little more than 5 million of our fellow citizens who are not vaccinated” to “take responsibility” and receive their shots. He argued that the unvaccinated “are not protected” from the virus, noting that they are behind the recent surge in hospitalizations.
Macron said mass vaccination is “the first pillar” of defense against Covid-19. As for the vaccination of children aged 5 to 11, Macron told his interviewers that the decision would “be up to the parents.”
He also refused to rule out restrictions over Christmas, claiming that “one always needs to be cautious on such issues.”
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 108 million vaccine doses have been administered in France.
Covid-19 cases in France have been on the rise since October and the introduction of the Omicron variant. Last week, nearly 336,000 cases were recorded – an increase of 52,610 cases over the week before.