Passing the vaccine: the final vote on the law in the National Assembly

Via The Associated Press

Vaccination permit: the law was finally voted on in the National Assembly (Photo of the National Assembly taken January 2022 by AP Photo/Francois Mori)

VACCINE PASS – 215 votes to 58 against. This is the conclusion of two eventful weeks: Parliament adopted on Sunday, January 16, by the final vote of the House, the controversial bill creating the vaccine corridor, which the government wants to enter into force as soon as possible. From the “tides” of Covid-19.

With some tweaks, the swearing-in-dominated Senate on Saturday night voted for the second time in favor of the pass that would succeed the Health pass, but lawmakers had the final say as expected.

Of the 577 deputies in the Assembly, the text was approved by 215 votes, the votes of the majority, two-thirds of the deputies and a minority of socialists. They were 58 deputies voting against, including left-leaning, UDI and RN, and three LREM defectors. Seven deputies abstained from voting.

Two different appeals to the Constitutional Council are planned on the left, to ensure respect for “fundamental liberties,” which will delay its issuance by a few days. While around 300,000 infections were recorded per day on average for a week, the government hopes to implement the vaccination corridor around January 20.

“The Battle You’re Fighting” “Already Lost”

The French “expect a rise from us” and a “sense of public interest”, pressed Delegate Minister Brigitte Bourguignon, while Health Minister Olivier Veran, himself infected with the virus, was absent.

In the latter position, LFI MPs defended a motion with a preliminary rejection against a bill that would impose “digital screening” and create a “sub-nationality” according to them. “What have you done with your souls?” , questioned Francois Ruffin to the majority, the day after new demonstrations in the country against this pass, less significant than during the strong mobilization last Saturday.

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“The battle you’re leading” is “already lost,” given the rush toward vaccines, LREM Vice President Christophe Castaner responded.

For this 12th health text in two years, a week of screening is tentatively scheduled for application on January 15. Time doubled, between hiccups and controversy, culminating in the statements of Emmanuel Macron, and she decided to “harass” the unvaccinated.

Vaccination permit is not for children under 16

So very soon it will be necessary to be able to justify a vaccination case to get to leisure activities, restaurants, bars, fairs or interprovincial public transport. A negative test will not suffice, except for access to health facilities and services.

The main contribution to the parliamentary debate, thanks to the Senate dominated by the right: the new pass will be applied only from the age of 16.

Minors between the ages of 12 and 15 will still be subject to the obligation to present a current health card.

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