According to a survey, 62% of French people are in favor of the introduction of a vaccination passport to travel abroad. While the French government is currently opposed to it, the Greek Prime Minister is calling for the adoption of a European certificate.
In an Ifop * survey for Lemon.fr in partnership with The Parisian the results of which were published on January 16, the French mostly said they were in favor of the introduction of a vaccination passport in certain situations. Thus, 62% are in favor of compulsory vaccination when traveling abroad, while 60% are in favor of it in the context of visits to vulnerable people in nursing homes or hospitals.
52% of those polled also want vaccination to be made compulsory to use public transport. About one in two respondents approve of having proof of vaccination to go to the cinema, theater, school or workplace. Finally, 45% of respondents are in favor of compulsory vaccination to access shops.
European vaccine passport: the French government reluctant
The French government has so far been reluctant to introduce a European vaccine passport. He believes that the issue should not be on the agenda of the European Council for the week of January 18 to 24, said Clément Beaune, Secretary of State for European Affairs on January 17. “If we are talking about a piece of paper, a document which authorizes you to travel to Europe, I believe it is very premature,” he declared on Franceinfo.
“It is not our conception of protection and access to vaccines,” he added. “It is an idea […] on which France considers that we should not open the debate now. When access to the vaccine becomes widespread, that will be a different subject. ”
It is not our conception of protection and access to vaccines
Clément Beaune also mentioned the situation of frontier workers – 350,000 French according to him. “We plan to strengthen control measures within the European area”, he assured, indicating that there would be no closure of the borders of the Schengen area. “We also check the type of tests that we may require. We are considering a list of antigenic tests that would be recognized throughout Europe. Today this is not yet the case. ”
On the set of BFM TV, the president of the National Rally Marine Le Pen said she was “extremely” opposed to the vaccine passport. “I am against it because everything that threatens individual freedoms worries me. However, I see that the government of Emmanuel Macron is waiting with great ease for individual freedoms. ” She adds that the president “is also seeking to obtain the possibility of taking decisions which directly impact the freedom of the French without submitting them to Parliament”.
In addition, Marine Le Pen believes that there is no “precise information on the fact that this vaccine can prevent having and contracting the Covid and incidentally from transmitting it”. Even if “we know that this significantly reduces this risk […] we do not know if this completely protects against the possibility of being infected with this virus, ”she conceded.
A “standardized” vaccination certificate requested by Greece
Other European countries are more inclined to implement such a measure. The head of the Greek government, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, on January 12 called on the European Union to adopt a “standardized” vaccination certificate to encourage a resumption of tourism, a sector in great difficulty by the pandemic. Greece has already developed its own health certificate to prove that one has been vaccinated.
“Even if we are not going to make vaccination compulsory or make it a prerequisite in the event of travel, vaccinated people should be free to travel”, said the Greek Prime Minister in a letter to the President of the Commission European Union, Ursula von der Leyen.
WHO opposed to a global passport
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, said the institution was in favor of the vaccination passport. While the idea divides the Twenty-Seven (Malta is for example in favor, while the Netherlands are more reluctant), Ursula von der Leyen for her part evokes a “medical imperative”. The World Health Organization (WHO) has opposed it “for the moment” on a global scale.
According to the Ifop poll, 54% of respondents confided their intention to be vaccinated. A “vaccine relaxation […] which seems doomed to continue ”, affirms in a press release the director of studies at the opinion pole of Ifop, Jean-Philippe Dubrulle.
Among these 54%, 46% of women want to be vaccinated, compared to 63% of men. 34% of 25-34 year olds are ready, 37% of employees, 43% of workers, 36% of voters in the National Rally, 47% of those in rebellious France. 73% of people over 65 want to be vaccinated.
* Ifop study for Lemon.fr and The Parisian carried out by self-administered questionnaire online from January 11 to 12, 2021 with a sample of 1,028 people, representative of the population aged 18 and over living in metropolitan France.