French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that those who don’t have a ‘COVID pass’ will be banned from participating in basic life activities such as visiting shopping malls, restaurants and using public transport.
In a public address to the nation, Macron made clear that only those who have taken the vaccine, can prove recent recovery from COVID or a negative test result will be allowed to enter the venues, in addition to hospitals, bars, cafés and tourist attractions. In an effort to force more people to take the vaccine, COVID PCR tests for the purposes of the health passport will have to be paid for, having previously been free. This will make it financially unsustainable for most people to continually have to take negative COVID tests to go about daily life activities, forcing them to take the vaccine.
“The unvaccinated will bear the brunt of the restrictions rather than everyone…from the beginning of august, the vax pass will be needed for coffee shops, restaurants, supermarkets, hospitals, trains, buses etc…”
— Nat (@Arwenstar) July 13, 2021
Vaccination will also become mandatory for health workers and anyone who works with the elderly or the vulnerable, while Macron also stated, “Depending on the evolution of the situation, we will without doubt have to consider obligatory vaccines for everyone in France.”
All these measures are being introduced despite the fact that current infection levels are relatively low and deaths have slowed to a trickle. Expect the measures being introduced in France to be gradually replicated throughout Europe as the unvaccinated become second class citizens unable to perform basic life functions. After Macron first announced measures to prevent the unvaccinated from using public transport late last year, the plan was derailed after fierce protests. One wonders whether unrest will flare up once again and if it could lead to a revival of the Yellow Vest movement.