Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Martinique: Hundreds Protest New COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements

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Hundreds of people in Martinique  braved the rain and took to the streets on Saturday morning to protest new COVID-19 vaccine requirements that would make it compulsory for caregivers to get the jab.

Local media reports say some 600 people took part in the peaceful protest in the Martinique capital, Fort de France.

The protesters gathered from about 10 a.m. and marched on the prefecture, while chanting about freedom and declaring that they will not become guinea pigs.

A similar protest was held on Tuesday night, one day after French President, Emmanuel Macron, announced that vaccination will become mandatory for all health workers and urged them to get the COVID-19 jab by September 15, warning that they could face sanctions for failure to do so.

The French President also announced that PCR tests will no longer be free of charge from the autumn, unless they are obtained with a prescription.

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And France 24  quoted France’s health minister Olivier Véran as saying that that non-vaccinated health workers won’t receive a salary nor be allowed to work after September 15.

He announced that a vaccination campaign for high school, secondary school and primary school students will begin when school starts again in September, France 24 reported.

As was the case with Tuesday’s protest, Saturday’s event in Martinique was also held to express resistance to the imposition of a 9.00 pm to 5.00 am curfew amidst a new surge in COVID-19 cases, one thousand of which were recorded within the space of a week.
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