Vaccination pass: Towards an application from the age of 16 by the National Assembly

After the resounding failure on Thursday of a compromise with the Senate , the National Assembly took up the bill on Friday afternoon introducing the vaccine pass, with the prospect that it only applies to those over 15 years old.

“We no longer have time” in the face of the epidemic, urged government spokesman Gabriel Attal to the podium, instead of the Minister of Health Olivier Véran himself reached by the Covid-450.

Mr. Attal defended “a text of democratic consensus and firmness in the face of the virus”, with the next vaccine pass, a “maximum incentive” assumed for vaccination.

Some 450 amendments are under discussion, the oppositions not being ready to lay down their arms, like the elected LFI who defended a motion in vain prior rejection against a “constraint” text.

Concessions inspired by the senators

The deputies will work until late Friday on a version of the bill close to the one passed last week at first reading, but with certain modifications, sometimes inspired by the examination in the Senate dominated by the right.

Thus, the presentation of a vaccination pass should be limited to only people over 16 years, for access to leisure activities, restaurants and bars, fairs or interregional public transport.

Minors s from 12 to 15 years would remain subject to the obligation to present the current health pass, that is to say that they could go to a restaurant for example by producing the negative result of a simple screening test.

In addition, the verification of the identity of the holder of a pass by cafeterias or restaurateurs can be done on the basis of an “official document containing his photograph.”

The deputies also planned to reduce by half the amount of the administrative fine per employee, for companies not playing the telework game.

The Senate will examine the bill again on Saturday, then the National Assembly will have the last word probably as early as Sunday, for its final adoption , we learned from a parliamentary source.

While an agreement on this text seemed close on Thursday afternoon, the joint committee of deputies and senators ended in a failure, after a tweet from the boss of senators LR Bruno Retailleau. respect for the functioning of Parliament.

The CMP on the #passevaccinal vindicated the #Senate, it’s the victory of common sense . The senators obtained many clarifications and simplifications. The pass is intended to protect the French and nothing else … no offense to Emmanuel Macron

– Bruno Retailleau (@BrunoRetailleau) January 15, 2022 “We never preempt the outcome of a debate”, reacted Friday the president of the Richard Ferrand institution (LREM). “When a joint joint commission is successful, it is a success for both assemblies. I know that President Larcher shares this conviction”, he added in remarks sent to AFP, after having had two times the president LR of the Senate online.

“It’s been ten days that it’s been a mess. Everyone is a little responsible for it but the Republicans hold a major part in this situation “, judged in front of the press the leader of the deputies MoDem Patrick Mignola. “We are here to lay down the law and not just to campaign” for the presidential election, he slipped.

(With AFP)