January 26, 2022

How do you know if your health pass will be deactivated this Saturday, January 15?

Hundreds of thousands of French people could lose their health pass in the coming days, unless they perform their booster dose or justify a recent infection with Covid-19.

Can you still go for coffee this weekend? This Saturday, January 15, many health passes – soon to be transformed into vaccine passes – will be deactivated, for French people aged 18 to 65 who have not taken their booster dose (the deadline for those over 65 was set until December 15, 2021). This January 11, the Ministry of Health specified that 800,000 people would potentially be affected. Here’s how to determine if you are affected.

The simplest: TousAntiCovid

For the past few weeks, the TousAntiCovid application, which hosts the QR Codes for health passes, has displayed an alert if the document expires within the following 21 days – while regularly posting notifications on this subject.

With the deadline of January 15, which concerns most of the population eligible for vaccination, these notifications have logically multiplied. As a reminder, the health pass expires if no booster dose has been given within seven months after the last injection of the vaccination cycle.

Screenshot of the TousAntiCovid application
Screenshot of the TousAntiCovid application © BFMTV

For French people with a smartphone and wishing to use TousAntiCovid, the easiest way is to go to the “Open my notebook” section, to find their health pass.

In the event of an upcoming expiration, the latter is covered by a yellow band specifying the expiration date. This is January 15 for 18-65 year olds vaccinated before June 15, 2021 (seven months earlier).

Note that before carrying out this check, it is imperative to integrate into the application all the documents that can give rise to the right to the health pass, whether it is a question of vaccination or an infection. Scanning the QR Code of a positive test result (PCR or antigen) of more than 11 days allows you to extend your health pass by six months.

Rules change on February 15

For those who do not wish to use the TousAntiCovid application, a brief mental arithmetic exercise is necessary.

To calculate the expiration of your health pass, just add seven months to the date of the last injection of the vaccine cycle, or six months to the date of the test (PCR or antigen) showing Covid-19 infection. It is therefore before one of these two deadlines – depending on your case – that it is imperative to perform your booster dose, in order to extend or recover your health pass.

This booster dose can now be taken as early as three months after his last injection or infection.

However, this January 15 deadline will be followed by a second deadline, February 15. On this date, these rules will be modified once again, announced the Minister of Health Olivier Véran on January 1. On this date, the maximum time to take his booster dose will be reduced to four months, whether after his last injection (compared to seven months currently) or an infection (compared to six months currently).

With an appointment possible after three months, the window to receive his booster dose will therefore only be one month. However, with one comforting point: the QR Code obtained is then valid immediately.