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French protesters reject virus passes, vaccine mandate

France Virus Outbreak
Posted at 6:21 PM, Jul 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-24 18:21:33-04

PARIS — Tens of thousands of people across France are protesting new virus measures.

French lawmakers are debating a bill requiring everyone to have a special virus pass to enter restaurants and other venues and mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for all health care workers.

French virus infections are spiking and hospitalizations are rising.

The government is trying to speed up vaccinations to protect vulnerable people and hospitals and avoid new lockdowns.

Most French adults are fully vaccinated and polls indicate a majority support the new measures. But not everyone.

Police fired water cannon and tear gas Saturday on rowdy protesters in the French capital but most protests were peaceful.

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What you can and should not do once you have been fully vaccinated.

How to Protect Yourself and Others When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions—like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces—in public places until we know more.

These recommendations can help you make decisions about daily activities after you are fully vaccinated. They are not intended for healthcare settings.

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