Covid jabs mandatory in French Pacifc territory of New Caledonia

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The local parliament in France's South Pacific territory of New Caledonia has voted in favour of compulsory Covid-19 vaccinations of all its adult population and visitors to the archipelago over fears of the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus that is sweeping French Polynesia.

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Parliament in the French overseas territory of New Caledonia has unanimously voted to make the Covid-19 vaccine mandatory for all adults, including tourists, reports FRANCE 24

The South Pacific archipelago becomes only the fourth territory in the world to impose such a requirement.

The unanimous decision was reached Friday in New Caledonia's Congress, with December 31st set as the inoculation deadline.

Despite relatively low numbers of infections, authorities fear the highly contagious Delta variant, which has wreaked havoc in French Polynesia, could dramatically change the situation.

No Covid-19 deaths have been recorded and only 136 cases have been confirmed in New Caledonia since the beginning of the pandemic.

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