French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that Covid-19 vaccine passports will soon be required for people to visit non-essential places like restaurants and tourist attractions.
Macron said the new policy will start in August, AFP reported, citing Macron’s televised address.
The country will be using a „health passport“ program, in which people can share a QR code or certificate to establishments to show they are either vaccinated against Covid-19, recently recovered from the virus, or have had a negative Covid-19 test.
„If we do not act today, the number of cases will continue to increase,“ Macron said in the address, according to France 24.
Macron also said that healthcare workers will be required to be vaccinated by September 15, and that for non-healthcare workers, getting vaccinated is a „matter of individual responsibility … but also a matter of our freedom.“
His comments on Monday were the latest move to try to slow Covid-19 infections in France and encourage more people to get vaccinated.
Just over 36% of France’s population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
There were 1,260 new coronavirus cases in the country on Monday, France 24 reported.