From this date, French people who have not received their booster dose within seven months of their last injection or infection will lose their health pass.
As of Saturday, January 15, any adult who has not received their COVID-19 vaccine booster dose within seven months of their last injection or infection will have their health pass deactivated. A new rule announced at the end of November by the Minister of Health Olivier Véran, and already in force for people 65 and over since December 15. How many people are affected? What to do if you have just been infected with Covid? Le Figaro answers all your questions.
How many people will they lose their health pass?
Invited on Franceinfo this Wednesday morning, Olivier Véran affirmed that “between 500,000 and 700,000French people could have their health pass withdrawn on January 15, for not having carried out their vaccination booster on time. A figure probably overestimated, said the Minister of Health. Because, among this total, “there are a significant number who have presented an infection and who have not yet put proof of their infection in their TousAntiCovid system», An infection prolonging the validity period of the health pass.
To find out if you are one of the hundreds of thousands of people on the verge of being deprived of a health pass, you can go to the TousAntiCovid application. A warning message on a yellow background appears on the smartphones of users whose pass expires on January 15.
What to do if you have recently been infected with Covid-19?
An infection with Covid-19 is equivalent to an injection of vaccine, recalled Olivier Véran. Thus, people who have received one or two doses of vaccine, then having been contaminated, can still benefit from the health pass. To do this, all you have to do is enter the positive result of your PCR or antigen test – at least 11 days and less than 6 months – into the TousAntiCovid application, which is valid as a certificate of recovery. This health pass is valid for seven months after infection. To keep it thereafter, it is advisable to receive its booster dose between a minimum of three months and a maximum of seven months after contamination. Note that people infected with Covid after their second dose are therefore not exempt from a third dose.
When does the QR Code obtained after vaccination become valid?
If you have not yet received your third dose of the vaccine, pay attention to the deadlines. Indeed, “all recalled people have a new QR Code, which becomes valid seven days after their injection, whether it is a second, third or more dose», Specifies Figaro the General Directorate of Health (DGS). People who have passed the deadline of seven months after their last injection or infection and who would like to be vaccinated this week, just before the deadline of January 15, could therefore have a bad surprise: they could see their pass deactivated for a few days. , until the seven-day period has elapsed.
To allow the French to anticipate, the Health Insurance offers an online simulator, called “My Covid vaccine booster”, which allows you to know when to receive your booster dose and to know the expiry date of your health pass. A similar service exists on the ministerial website My Covid Tips.
If I decide to take my first dose today, when can I expect to have my health pass?
At the beginning of January, a year after the start of the vaccination campaign, more than 5 million French people had still not received any dose of vaccine. If, among them, some want to start their vaccination course today, they will have to wait a few weeks before obtaining their health pass.
For people who have never tested positive for Covid, the precious sesame is activated one week after the second injection. Since the time between the first two doses of messenger RNA vaccine (Pfizer and Moderna) must be at least three weeks, an initial vaccination schedule in this case takes at least a month to be completed. As for those who were infected with Covid less than six months ago and benefiting from a certificate of recovery, their health pass would become valid one week after their first dose. In both cases, to keep the document, a booster dose is necessary between three and seven months after the last injection.
Are the rules expected to change again?
As of February 15, the deadline for carrying out a booster dose will be shortened. It will drop from seven months to four months after the last injection or infection. Otherwise the sanitary pass will be deactivated. Knowing that a minimum period of three months must be observed between its last dose or contamination and its booster dose, and that the QR Code is only activated after seven days, the firing window to be getting vaccinated will actually be limited to three weeks.
In addition, a bill intended to transform the health pass into a vaccination pass is currently under discussion in the Senate, after being adopted on January 6 by the National Assembly. This text, which will require the French to present a vaccination or recovery certificate to access daily activities (cinemas, theaters, bars, restaurants …), should not modify the rules relating to the vaccination schedule. The government aims for an implementation no later than “in the first days of the week of January 17“Gabriel Attal said on BFMTV on Sunday.
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