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Six in ten French people say they are in favor of compulsory vaccination to access certain places or activities, according to an Ifop poll conducted for Le Parisien Dimanche. However, the government considers this debate premature as the general public vaccination campaign does not begin until Monday.
A majority of French people are in favor of the establishment of a “vaccine passport” which would allow people immunized against the coronavirus to access certain places or activities, shows a survey published on Sunday January 17, the government judging for its part this “premature” debate.
Six in ten French people say they are in favor of compulsory vaccination to take a plane abroad or visit a vulnerable person in an nursing home or a hospital, according to this Ifop survey carried out for Le Parisien Dimanche.
Asked Sunday morning on FranceInfo, the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, considered it “premature” to consider such a measure, while only a small minority of French people have been vaccinated so far.
“This is a very premature debate. To have today a passport which would grant more rights to some than to others, it would be shocking, it is not our conception of protection and protection. access to the vaccine, ”the minister said.
Epidemiologist Arnaud Fontanet, member of the Scientific Council, stressed Sunday that all those at risk could not be vaccinated before spring, and that it is only afterwards that vaccination could be extended.
“It is very difficult to predict how many doses will be available in the coming months,” said the professor from the Institut Pasteur, guest of the RTL / Le Figaro / LCI Grand Jury, referring to a target of 12 million vaccinations d ‘here in April.
Arnaud Fontanet, on the other hand, said he was in favor of as many people as possible being vaccinated once the doses were available in sufficient numbers, perhaps as early as next summer, in order to stop the circulation of the drug as effectively as possible. viruses and avoid new variants that are potentially more contagious or dangerous.
“From the moment we know that the vaccine works and that there are no adverse effects, for me it would be necessary that 100% of people be vaccinated. Why deprive ourselves of it?”, Insisted the member of the Scientific Council which helps the government to develop its strategy.
Very few unwanted side effects have been reported so far, he said, speaking of four serious cases out of more than two million vaccinations in the United States.
According to the Ifop poll, the French are now 54% to want to be vaccinated, an increase of 15 points compared to a previous poll on December 29.