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Europe’s Vaccine Passes Reveal Some Pockets Of Resistance

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FILE - In this Wednesday, July 28, 2021 file photo, people stage a protest against the COVID-19 vaccination pass in Rome. Shouts of “liberty” have echoed through Italian and French streets and squares as thousands show their opposition to plans to require vaccination cards to continue normal social activities, like dining indoors at restaurants, visiting museums or cheering home teams in stadiums. (Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse via AP)

(AP) — Italy and France are introducing Europe’s toughest vaccine pass regimes for normal social activities like dining indoors at restaurants, visiting museums and attending sporting events.

The tactic has boosted vaccination rates in both countries. But there are pockets of resistance by those who call it a violation of their civil liberties or who are concerned about vaccine safety. About 80,000 people protested in Italian cities last weekend, while thousands marched in Paris for the last two weekends.

European nations in general have made strides in their vaccination rates in recent months, with or without incentives. No European country has made the shots mandatory, and campaigns to persuade the undecided are a patchwork.

 

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