PARIS (AP) – Nearly 1 million people in France set up vaccination appointments in a single day after the president put pressure on everyone to get vaccinated to save the summer holidays and the French economy.
An app that centralizes France’s vaccine and other medical appointments, Doctolib, announced Tuesday morning that 926,000 people had made appointments on Monday, a daily record since coronavirus vaccines were launched in December. 65% of the new hires were people under 35 years of age.
President Emmanuel Macron announced Monday that vaccination would be mandatory for all healthcare workers by September 15, and the possibility of extending the requirement to other segments of the population.
With infections rising again around France, expectations had risen in the last few days that Macron would announce some kind of mandatory vaccination, which led to a new demand for appointments.
Around 41% of the French population are fully vaccinated, although the rate of vaccination slowed as the summer holidays approached.
Health Minister Olivier Veran welcomed the renewed interest in vaccines and said on Tuesday on BFM television: “Thousands of lives have been saved.”
More than 111,000 people have died from the virus in France.
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