Prime minister Jean Castex made a statement tonight regarding the Covid pandemeic. From January, the government will propose a law to change the health pass to become a vaccination pass.
This will impact the nearly six million French people who are not vaccinated. The government hopes to better protect the healthcare system as currently 80% of Covid patients hospitalized have not been vaccinated. He added that from Monday, overtime for healthcare workers will double.
Castex also announced the time between the second and third dose of vaccinations will be reduced from five months to four, also starting January. He stated that reinfection rates are currently higher and that initial data shows two vaccinal doses adequately protect people 70% against Omicron, and 80% with three doses.
The prime minster recommended individuals get tested before joining family members over Christmas and to avoid large crowds. Outdoor concerts and fireworks on December 31 will be prohibited, as will unorganized large gatherings with alcohol consumption. Nightclubs will remain closed.
As an essential travel only ban comes into effect between France and the U.K. from midnight, no new travel measures were announced.
Elsewhere in Europe as cases numbers continue to soar, Ireland said it will impose an 8 pm curfew for restaurants and bars while in Denmark, cinemas, theaters, concert venues, community centres, galleries, museums and zoos will close for four weeks.