France will open vaccination against covid-19 for all adults over the age of 18 on June 15, President Emmanuel Macron announced on Friday.
People over 50 will be able to get vaccinated from May 15, Macron added on Twitter. Currently vaccination is open from 55 years and for adults with specific pathologies.
In addition, starting this Saturday, people with chronic diseases, such as heart conditions, severe cases of hypertension, obesity or a history of strokes will be able to be vaccinated.
More than 15 million people have received a first injection against covid-19 in France, which corresponds to 29% of the adult population. Some 6.2 million people, just under 12% of adults, have also received a second dose.
Open vaccination to airline employees traveling to risk countries
France will also open vaccination to pilots and flight attendants of airlines that fly to India, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and South Africa, of any age, reported the Ministry of Transport.
The Minister of Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, made this announcement during a meeting with Air France employees at the company’s headquarters in Paris. According to the RTL station, they will be able to get vaccinated from Monday.
Air France CEO Anne Rigail applauded the decision in a tweet in which she said: “The health and safety of our staff and customers is our top priority.”
The Air France National Union of Pilots (SNPL) had called on Monday the pilots of the company who were not vaccinated against covid-19 to reject flights to India, Brazil, South Africa, Argentina and Chile, countries especially affected by the epidemic and by more contagious variants.