The French Senate votes on the key article of the bill on the controversial vaccination pass

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Article 1 of the bill, transforming the health pass into a vaccination pass, was voted by 242 votes in favor and 69 against, on the second day of a peaceful debate in the hemicycle of the High Assembly.

But the senators made several changes that are not to the taste of the government, auguring a close discussion between deputies and senators in a joint committee on Thursday to find an agreement on the bill.

Thus, according to the text voted by the senators, the vaccination pass could only be imposed when the number of hospitalizations linked to Covid-19 would be greater than 10,000 patients nationally, and would automatically disappear below this threshold. The number of hospitalized patients is now nearly 24,000, according to figures from health authorities.

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Below the threshold of 10,000 hospitalized patients, the vaccination pass could only be maintained in the departments where the complete vaccination rate is less than 80% of the population or with a high incidence rate.

Senators have further planned to limit the possibility of requiring the presentation of a vaccination pass to people over 18 years of age. Minors aged 12 to 17 would remain subject to the obligation to present a simple health pass.

Finally, they removed the possibility for managers of places and activities subject to the pass, such as owners of bars, cafes and restaurants, to verify the identity of its holder, in order to avoid fraud.

On the other hand, with the benevolence of the government, the senators voted in favor of a single parental authorization for the vaccination of the 5-11 years, as already for the 12-15 years.

The Senate will continue in the evening the examination of the other articles of the text until the vote on the whole.

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