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All health care workers in France must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by September or risk not being paid

All health care workers in France must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by September or risk not being paid

Author: Wardah Sempa | Wednesday 21st July 2021

All health care workers in France must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by September or risk not being paid Photograph

All health care workers in France must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by September or risk not being paid, the government has announced. The requirement applies to doctors, nurses, office staff and volunteers.


President Emmanuel Macron has also said that from next month, health passes will need to be shown to access places like shops, bars, cinemas and long-distance train journeys in France.

The passes show the holder has been jabbed, or had a recent negative test. They must be vaccinated by 15 September or risk not being paid. Health passes are already used to enter some venues, such as nightclubs. However, they will be expanded to include more places including festivals, theatres and hospitals from 21 July and will apply to those aged over 12 years old.

To encourage people to get jabbed, PCR covid tests that are currently free will have to be paid for, unless accompanied by a doctor's prescription. After the president's announcement, Doctolib, the website people use to book their jabs, crashed as so many people tried secure appointments.

Cases are rising in France, with the Delta variant causing a surge in hospital admissions.