France is rushing to get vaccinated after the president’s warning

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French President Emmanuel Macron meets with French vehicle manufacturers at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Monday, July 12, 2021. President Emmanuel Macron organizes a first-class antivirus security meeting on Monday at morning and then makes a televised speech on Monday evening, the kind of solemn speech has been given at every decisive moment of the French virus epidemic. Credit: AP Photo / Michel Euler, Pool

Nearly a million people in France made appointments in a single day, after the president pressured everyone to get vaccinated to save the summer holidays and the French economy.

An application that centralizes that of France and other medical consultations, Doctolib, announced Tuesday morning that 926,000 people had made an appointment Monday, a daily record since the country launched coronavirus vaccines in December. People under the age of 35 accounted for 65% of new appointments.

President Emmanuel Macron announced Monday that vaccination would be mandatory for everyone on September 15 and established the possibility of extending the requirement to other parts of the population.

With infections rising again in France, there had been a build-up in recent days of expectations that Macron would announce some sort of vaccination requirement, driving a new demand for appointments.

About 41% of the French population has been completely vaccinated, although the rate of vaccination decreased as the summer holidays approached.

Health Minister Olivier Veran welcomed renewed interest in the vaccine, and told BFM television on Tuesday: “This means saving thousands of lives.”

More than 111,000 people with the virus have died in France.

  • France is rushing to get vaccinated after the president's warning

    A medical technician administers nasal swabs at a mobile test site in Paris on Monday, July 12, 2021. French President Emmanuel Macron organizes a first-class antivirus security meeting on Monday morning and then makes a televised speech on Monday evening, the kind of solemn speech has been given at every decisive moment of the French virus epidemic. Credit: AP Photo / Michel Euler

  • France is rushing to get vaccinated after the president's warning

    A waiter wearing a face mask to protect himself against the coronavirus attends clients on the Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris on Monday, July 12, 2021. The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, organizes a first-class antivirus security meeting level on Monday morning and then makes a televised speech Monday evening, the kind of solemn speech he delivered at every pivotal moment of the French virus epidemic. Credit: AP Photo / Michel Euler

  • France is rushing to get vaccinated after the president's warning

    People wearing face masks to protect themselves against coronavirus walk down the Avenue des Champs Elysées in Paris on Monday, July 12, 2021. The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, is organizing a first-class antivirus security meeting on Monday morning and then makes a television speech Monday evening. a kind of solemn speech he has delivered at every decisive moment of the French virus epidemic. Credit: AP Photo / Michel Euler


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