PARIS—France said on Thursday it would make COVID-19 booster shots available to all adults, toughen rules on wearing face masks and ramp up health pass checks as it seeks to curb a fifth wave of infections that risks undermining its economic recovery.
The number of infections is doubling every 11 days in France but officials said there was no need to follow Austria’s example of reimposing a lockdown.
Health Minister Olivier Veran said anyone aged 18 or over would be eligible for booster shots and that the period between full vaccination and the booster jabs would be shortened to five months from six.
“We still have our fate in our hands,” Veran told a news conference, urging people to respect social distancing rules.
Booster shots are currently available only to over-65s and to those with underlying health issues.
By Sudip Kar-Gupta