Updated: Aug 20, 2021
French and Greece Governments united in introducing vaccine passports and mandatory jabs for health workers
Last night, Greece and France announced that Covid-19 vaccines will be mandatory for all healthcare workers and care home employees.
It appears as though there is a coordinated effort to introduce the idea of making the Covid-19 vaccines mandatory for the masses, as just last night French Prime Minister Macron announced that Covid vaccinations will become compulsory for all healthcare workers from July 21st.
The new rules mean that all healthcare workers must be fully vaccinated by September 15th otherwise, they will not be allowed to go to work and will not be paid.
In a televised address to the nation, Macron said: “We need to strive for having vaccination levels at near 100% across France because that is the only way that we will have a sound future. This is why for those health workers, those working in hospitals, clinics, retirement homes, people working in disabled care home facilities, anyone who works in a professional capacity or volunteer capacity working with the elderly, or the most fragile people at home; they will have to be vaccinated without waiting.
“It is compulsory for them. It is thanks to your sense of duty that you will do so. All of those people who will have to be vaccinated have until the 15th September to do so, and we need to start now.”
Macron warned that checks will be carried out from the 15th September and any healthcare workers who are not vaccinated will potentially face fines, and sanctions will be carried out. Those concerned will have until Sept 15 to get the jab
The Prime Minister said that he has not ruled out making vaccines mandatory for the whole of France, adding that “we will probably have to think about the mandatory vaccination of all French citizens at some point.”
Along with this announcement comes new Covid rules for the French public, as vaccine passports are set to become compulsory for bars, cafes, restaurants, transport, and other large events. Macron said that these tough new measures had to be introduced to curb the spread of the Delta variant.
From August 1st, the French citizens must prove that they are vaccinated or have tested negative for Covid via a vaccine passport before they can access most public spaces.
Macron said: “From the beginning of August, the health pass will apply to cafes, restaurants, hospitals, retirement homes, and long-distance transport: planes, trains, and coaches for long journeys.”
However, from July 21st the health pass will be required for places of leisure and culture, as Macron stated that: “For all of our compatriots over 12 years old, it will be necessary to have been vaccinated or have a negative test to access a show, an amusement park, a concert or a festival.”
It seemed that France was not the only country to make Covid jabs compulsory for healthcare workers last night, as Greece introduced similar measures for their health staff.
Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced that Covid-19 vaccines will become mandatory for all health workers and care home employees, as advised by the country’s Bioethics Committee. Those who fail to get vaccinated will be suspended from August 16th.
From September 1st, Covid vaccines will also be made mandatory for health professionals in the public and private sectors.
Mitsotakis said: “It is unthinkable, for example, for an unvaccinated nurse to care for an immunosuppressed cancer patient. I am sure that a large part of society agrees with this decision. I ask all parties to support it without any reservations.”
Mitsotakis also announced that the Armed Forces will not have to be vaccinated, but there will be incentives to get the jab.
Similar to France, Greece has adopted new rules for their citizens regarding the vaccine, as from Friday, July 16th until the end of August, indoor entertainment venues will operate strictly for vaccinated people. This applies to the catering industry as unvaccinated people will not be permitted to eat at restaurants or cafes, therefore citizens must provide proof of vaccination via a digital passport before gaining entry.
The Prime Minister said: “Freedoms will be gradually restored with the vaccine passport and fixed basic rules: mask when we are with others, even outside, personal hygiene and many tests.
“The aim is for the end of the pandemic not to become a prelude to a new ordeal in the fall. We can, therefore, close the last chapter of the health crisis from today, and quickly.
“It is enough to have the Freedom vaccine in one arm.”
Disturbingly, these mandatory measures are set to be introduced in Australia and New Zealand too, showing that this appears to be a well-organised move to usher in Covid vaccines for all along with the vaccine passports.