Will your health pass become a vaccination pass?

VACCINATION CARD – The vaccination card law will finally come into force this Monday, January 24, after being validated by the Constitutional Council, published in the Official Gazette as well as its development decrees. This new step in the Government’s strategy, to fight Covid-19 and encourage the last recalcitrants to get vaccinated, raises a large number of questions about its practical implementation. So the HuffPost takes stock of what you need to know as of this Monday.

And, in fact, this transition should not upset the habits of those who have already received three doses of the vaccine. The health pass, present in the form of a QR code in the Tous Anti-Covid application, will then become a QR code for the vaccination pass.

If you do not have the app, you will get the precious one by downloading the new vaccination or recovery certificates in your personal space or on the SIDEP screening portal. This for a limited time if “the health and hospital situation improves” or if the health authorities and the government consider a fourth dose necessary.

Two exceptions in transportation

Regarding the places where this new pass will be effective, few changes as well. The vaccination card will be requested, as well as the previous health card, when necessary. This refers in particular to bars and cafes, restaurants, cinemas, meetings such as trade fairs, fairs or seminars, performance halls or even inter-regional transport.

In the case of transport, two exceptions are foreseen: the subscription will not be requested for short-distance trains, but instead it will be compulsory on the TGV, except for “compelling family reasons”, in which a negative test of less than 72 hours may be enough.

Another exception concerns unvaccinated people who can still go to medical establishments for a consultation or a visit to a relative, with the sole condition of presenting a health pass validated by a negative test.

How many injections to get it?

Apart from the three doses of vaccine necessary to obtain the vaccine pass, what are the other possibilities to obtain the famous sesame? With a policy aimed at vaccinating the greatest number, a single dose of vaccine, for example, will not be enough to access the QR code of the vaccine pass, except in the case of a previous Covid infection. In this specific case, the vaccination pass can be validated, but it will be necessary to be rigorous and carry out the tests as many times as necessary before obtaining the second dose.

For the rest of the cases, the vaccination schedule is considered complete after one or two initial doses, and a booster three months after the last injection. This reminder will then become essential to have your vaccination card and keep it after the seven months corresponding to the initial vaccination. In addition, this seven-month period will be reduced to four months from February 15.

For those who have already been infected with Covid-19, the vaccine pass will be obtained the eleventh day after the positive test and can be kept for a period of six months, whether they have already been vaccinated or not. Beyond that, the complete vaccination schedule will be requested to keep the vaccination pass as it is. For those not vaccinated, it will be necessary to wait to have a dose of vaccine three months after infection by the virus.

The issue of minors

In the case of children, there are three different situations, depending on their age. From the age of 16 it will be necessary to present a vaccination card in all the places mentioned above. For children between 12 and 15 years old, a negative test will be enough to enjoy peri- and extracurricular activities. It is also important to note that these tests are always free for minors.

As a reminder, the full vaccination schedule for those under 18 years of age is two doses or one dose for those who have been infected with Covid-19 before the first injection. You will then have to wait seven short days for the QR code to be validated.

For children under the age of twelve, without restrictions. Currently, they are not worried about the vaccination pass, despite the recent opening of vaccination for the 5 to 11-year-old age group.

In addition to this age category, some people may also be exempt from vaccination under certain conditions. These are mainly people with a history of allergies or who have experienced a reaction or an adverse effect after a dose of the anti-Covid vaccine.

In these specific cases, it will be essential to notify the doctor. Then, the decision will have to be validated by a specialist or by a multidisciplinary medical team who will then issue you a certificate that you must send to the Health Insurance, in order to obtain a valid QR code.

Who will control it and what are you risking?

To prevent pass fraud, the Constitutional Council has ruled in favor of a measure to limit this practice: therefore, you may be asked for an official document to prove your identity in the places where the vaccination pass is applied. This document must contain a photo ID. You may be asked by the police or those responsible for the places and activities covered by the pass.

For fraudsters, the bill will be even more salty, since from this Monday a fixed fine of 1,000 euros will come into force, compared to 135 euros until then. In case of possession of one or more false, the penalty is five years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros.

But it will also be possible to go through the “repentance” box, on the condition of undertaking a vaccination course. In this case, the sanctions can be annulled, a clear reference to the concept of “disguised vaccination obligation”, as described by the Minister of Health Olivier Véran himself.

See also on The HuffPost: All announcements by Jean Castex and Olivier Véran about the lifting of restrictions

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