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France ties green pass to booster shot

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PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron announced Tuesday evening new vaccination requirements, as national COVID-19 cases have slowly begun to rise again.

In a televised address to the nation, Macron announced that the validity of vaccination passports, or green passes, would be conditioned to getting the appropriate booster shot as of December 15. 

“If you have been vaccinated more than six months ago I encourage you to book an appointment now,” Macron said.

France launched a booster campaign in September, with people aged above 65 eligible to a new shot. So far, 3.3 million have people received their booster shot, out of the 7.7 million eligible. The number of appointments for booster shots has surged since it was announced that Macron would address the nation, however.

The passport is required to enter places such as restaurants, cafés, gyms, cinemas, theatres, and large gatherings such as concerts or sporting events.

The booster campaign will also be extended to the 50 to 64 year-old age group “at the start of December,” said Macron.

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