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Health pass extended to adolescents: “Without the vaccine, football is over for us”

Over marshmallow ice cream, eight teens from Plaisir, in the Yvelines, enjoy their “latest fast food with friends.” It is also their last shopping trip together for quite some time. The reason ? One of them, Aliette, is not vaccinated.

The health pass becomes mandatory for five million young people aged 12 and over as of Thursday, September 30. From now on, they will have to present the famous QR code in restaurants, cinemas, sports clubs and all places where the adult document is already required. Therefore, from 12 years and 2 months, young people must meet one of these three conditions: be vaccinated against Covid, present a negative test of less than 72 hours or a certificate of immunity.

In terms of vaccination, some departments are not ahead, especially in Yvelines, where only one in two minors is now fully vaccinated according to Public Health France. It is often the families who are opposed, like Aliette’s: “My parents don’t want too much. It’s a bit annoying because suddenly I don’t have a health pass,” she laments. On the contrary, her friend Jade took the initiative: “I had my two doses, and therefore I have my past health,” she says with some relief. It must be said that this allows you to continue practicing your favorite sport. “I ride three times a week, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. And horseback riding is my passion. I can’t stop, it’s impossible!”

A little further, at the foot of the bars of the buildings, it is about the same themes. The vaccination of adolescents very often depends on the family circle. As long as you are under the age of 16, parental consent is required anyway. “I asked my mother, she said yes,” testifies Aminata, who made her first dose and is now waiting for the second “to be able to go everywhere, to McDonald’s, to the movies, wherever she wants,” explains the university student. . Aboubacari, one of his teammates, intervenes: “If we don’t get the vaccine, football is over. It’s annoying.” The 12-year-old is not vaccinated because his aunt does not want him to have an injection.

“My aunt told me ‘don’t get vaccinated’, but soccer is my passion, I want to break up!”

In the sports department of the city of Plaisir, Ghislain, one of the officials, confirms that the verification of the health pass “unfortunately” will be done systematically. “We have no choice. Without the health pass, the children will not be able to enter. Fortunately, the tests will remain free for them!” In fact, young people aged 12 to 17 will still be able to continue being tested against Covid, at no additional cost, while so-called “comfort” tests will be charged to unvaccinated adults from October 15.

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