Health or vaccination pass: what changes on January 15

Mid-January is a delicate shift in French vaccine policy: there is both the cessation of the health pass, which will become a vaccine pass, and the invalidation of vaccine certificates without a booster dose.

The vaccination pass must in principle come into force on January 15, 2022, which must replace the health pass. In principle, because the examination of the bill providing for this development is delayed. The National Assembly adopted it on January 6, but the Senate has yet to be passed. Even with the expedited procedure, the deadlines are very short to meet the deadline of the 15th.

Which pass is valid until January 14?

Today, the health pass as we know it is still valid. This pass is a document that can be presented on a sheet that is printed or in a digital format, in the TousAntiCovid application or other. It includes health proof which can be of three types:

  • the coronavirus vaccination certificate, which takes the form of a QR Code, with one of the vaccines approved in France and in the European Union (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Janssen and AstraZeneca);
  • the negative result of an RT-PCR, antigen test or a self-test supervised by a member of the medical profession, not exceeding 24 hours;
  • the coronavirus recovery certificate, after a positive RT-PCR or antigen test result, which must be more than 11 days and less than 6 months old – you have been sick, but have recovered and you probably still have antibody to protect you during this time, which gives you reduced exposure to the risk of re-infection with covid-19.
Until January 14, 2022, negative tests are accepted. After that, it will depend on how quickly the law is passed. // Source: Unsplash

Which pass is valid from January 15th?

Part of the answer to this question depends on the speed at which the law strengthening the tools for managing the health crisis and modifying the public health code will be passed and when it will come into force, after its publication in the Official Journal.

In principle, the health pass must give way to the vaccine pass on January 15, but there could be a few days of delay, because of certain blockages at the level of the National Assembly.

The vaccination pass is a health pass, but without the negative result of a test. This proof is no longer considered valid for access to various places open to the public, such as cinemas, restaurants, bars or sports halls. For those who want to frequent these places, you must present a complete vaccination schedule or a certificate of recovery from the coronavirus.

It would look like the 2G pass used in Germany:

Health or vaccination pass: what changes on January 15
The 4 modalities of the pass in Germany. // Source: Nino Barbey for Numerama

First possibility: the law is voted on time

The vaccination pass applies. It is therefore necessary either:

  • Have a complete vaccination schedule, with mandatory booster dose;
  • Hold a certificate of reinstatement.

Second possibility: the law is late

The vaccination pass is not yet active, so it is an adjusted health pass that is taken into account, temporarily, while the law comes into force.

The French have the choice between:

  • negative result of a test;
  • the complete vaccination schedule, with mandatory booster dose;
  • the certificate of reinstatement.

To summarize, as long as a test is accepted as proof in the pass, it is a health pass. As soon as it is excluded, it becomes a vaccination pass. Barring an improbable political or legal twist, it is certain that the health pass will give way to the vaccination pass. The central question is when, because the debates were delayed in the National Assembly.

Health or vaccination pass: what changes on January 15
An injection during administration. The vaccine remains the key way to have a valid pass. // Source: Department of Yvelines

Booster dose: park on January 15

The transition between the sanitary pass and the sanitary pass is one thing. The date of the booster dose is another, and it is much more important than you think.

Indeed, it is on this date of January 15 that all people who have not had their additional injection will no longer be able to use their vaccination certificate as proof in the health pass. At that time, the health passes will become invalid if they are based only on the vaccination schedule, as this will be considered incomplete.

This scenario is not a surprise: it was announced on November 25 by Olivier VĂ©ran, the Minister of Health and Solidarity, during a progress report in the face of the pandemic. Such a deadline had already been applied for people aged 65 and over, on December 15, 2021. For the rest of the population, he had been warned that the deadline was January 15, 2022.

This horizon could cause concerns for people who have not yet been able to make an appointment for a booster dose (several solutions exist and deserve to be tried), since it will be played out in a short time. both the exclusion of the negative test, but also the rejection of the current vaccination schedules without a booster dose, because they will be considered incomplete.

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A smartphone with a QR Code // Source: Numerama / Melvyn Dadure

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