Countries around the world have been struggling to determine how to litigate our current health crisis, now that much–but not all–of the population has been vaccinated. Many have proposed “vaccine passes,” which would provide proof to airlines, venues, and workplaces that you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
France has become one of the first countries to write Covid passes into law. After several days of protests calling the proposed bill a violation of individual freedoms, a new law has passed requiring proof of vaccination to enter restaurants and venues, as well as for domestic travel. French president Emmanuel Macron responded to protestors by saying, “What is your freedom worth if you say to me ‘I don’t want to be vaccinated,’ but tomorrow you infect your father, your mother or myself?”
These regulations will apply to everyone 12 and older starting September 30. Health care workers will also now be required to get vaccinated, with the possibility of suspended pay if they do not comply.