The Senate of France approved Wednesday by majority vote bill of the vaccination passport. The new law comes at a time when infections are increasing day by day due to the fourth wave of coronavirus. This Thursday almost 370,000 new positives were reported in 24 hours.

A week ago, the bill had received the go-ahead in Parliament’s first reading. At the end of December, given the worsening of the pandemic and the spread of the omicron variant, the French authorities decided to replace the health passes with vaccination passes, Télam reported.

According to the draft, the vaccination pass will be required in restaurants, cultural institutions and long-distance trains. The new document will only be issued to people vaccinated against the coronavirus, unlike the health pass that was also granted to those who had a negative test or had recently had the disease.

The Senate stipulated that the passes will begin to be issued as soon as the number of hospitalizations exceeds 10,000 people, and will be canceled if this figure is reduced. According to health authorities, the number of hospitalizations in France now stands at around 24,000, Reuters explained.

In addition, the new pass will be required only for those of legal age, while adolescents between 12 and 17 years of age will be asked for a health pass. While the measure was being debated, teacher unions called for a strike this Thursday, alleging that “the inability of the French government to adopt a coherent policy for schools to manage the pandemic, to adequately protect students and staff.”

The French government, having backtracked on its previous policy of rapidly closing classes with positive coronavirus cases, has remained steadfast in its policy of keeping classes open as much as possible, stating that some degree of complication is ” the price to pay.”

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