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 vaccine 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 health workers 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.
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