Dissociate the father of the minister from the family. This Tuesday morning on France Info, the Minister of Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, agreed that “It was not at [lui] to set the rules ” on the generalization of the health pass from the age of 12, as announced the day before by Emmanuel Macron. But Bruno Le Maire, the “Father of four children”, nonetheless pleaded for flexibility towards adolescents.
His wish was visibly heard by the entire executive. At the exit of the Council of Ministers, this Tuesday noon, the government spokesman, Gabriel Attal, promised flexibility in the application of this rule for minors. “It is out of the question to impose a hellish summer” for children under 18, including one “low number” has a complete vaccine passport against Covid-19, he explained, announcing that the Minister of Health Olivier Véran was going “Exchange to communicate rules of flexibility”.
In his speech Monday evening, the President of the Republic announced that the presentation of the health pass will be compulsory for all, adolescents included, from July 21 to access cultural places of more than 50 people and from “early August” in cafes, bars and restaurants, including terraces. One way of pushing a large number of French people to get vaccinated, by putting pressure on the refractory. A measure that aroused the concern of parents.
12-18 year-olds with little immunization
Indeed, the 12-18 year olds are very few to be vaccinated because they have been entitled to it only since the end of June and must receive vaccines in two doses, only that of Pfizer-BioNTech being authorized for this public so far. This brings to nearly a month and a half the minimum time between the two doses, for the vaccination to be effective.
“I plead so that children aged 12, 13, 14, who are now included in the health pass, we show flexibility in the implementation, understanding”, said Bruno Le Maire, highlighting his role as “Father of four children”, who knows “How extremely complicated the organization of summer vacations is. Train times, trips, access to the restaurant, if you want to make a movie “. He indicated that “we [le gouvernement, ndlr] let’s clarify all this in the coming hours with all the ministers concerned in their area of competence ”. “I speak to you more as a father than as a minister.”
The Minister of the Economy also recalled that the health pass can be obtained without going through the vaccination box. For this, it is necessary to have a negative PCR test and therefore to do it very regularly. But from the fall, they will no longer be systematically free, as is currently the case. The health pass can also be obtained by presenting a certificate proving that you have already been infected with Covid-19 in the past and that you are therefore immune.
Update : this article was updated this Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. with the words of Gabriel Attal.