PARIS, France: As new Covid cases are again on the rise, the government of France announced a plan to administer booster vaccinations to all adults, while avoiding a mandatory lockdown of its citizens.
Coronavirus infections in France have increased to over 30,000 per day, as hospitalizations and deaths are also rising.
French Health Minister Olivier Veran announced the government's plan, which includes reducing the time between the second vaccination and the booster shot from six to five months.
He also said France has stockpiled enough vaccines to begin the nationwide booster campaign.
Veran said other measures will be carried out, including more stringent requirements for wearing face masks, and he said that the country's digital COVID pass, which is required for entrance to many indoor locations, would become invalid if a person does not receive a booster shot within seven months from the second vaccination.
Veran noted that there are currently ten times more unvaccinated people who are hospitalized after contracting Covid, than vaccinated patients.
More than 89 percent of French adults are vaccinated. However, children under age 12 have not yet received approval to be vaccinated.
Additionally, as new Covid cases increase in France, Morocco announced this week that it was suspending all flights to and from France.