[PASS VACCINAL] After the green light from Parliament and the Constitutional Council, the vaccination pass replaces the health pass. It will now be necessary to have a complete vaccination schedule to access many leisure activities and establishments.
[Mise à jour du lundi 24 janvier 2022 à 10h33] It’s official: since Monday, it is no longer enough to have a negative test to have lunch at a restaurant, go to the cinema, take the train or the plane… The vaccine pass comes into force, after being promulgated on Saturday January 22, replacing the health pass. It is now necessary to justify a vaccination status. The vaccination pass does not apply for access to the hospital in the event of an emergency. It will also not be requested in healthcare establishments currently requesting the health pass, which will remain valid in these. This new obligation concerns all the elderly over 16 years old. It comes as the Constitutional Council validated, last Friday, most of the bill adopted in mid-January by Parliament. Only one provision has been censored: the possibility of requiring a vaccination pass during political meetings in the middle of the presidential campaign. Last week, Jean Castex demanded a “coherent solution” to avoid business closures and encourage vaccination. He also announced a schedule for easing health restrictions. From Wednesday February 2, “all sports and cultural equipment will be able to recover operation at full capacity”. Telework will no longer be mandatory on this date, but will remain recommended. Wearing a mask will no longer be required outdoors. From Wednesday February 16, consumption in transport will be authorized and nightclubs will be able to reopen. The health protocol in schools will be reassessed. “We consider that in mid-February, we will have passed the Cape of Omicron”, advanced Olivier Véran.
Where can you find your vaccination pass on Ameli?
After each injection, everyone must receive a certified certificate in paper format from the healthcare professional. This same document can be downloaded from the attestation-vaccin.ameli.fr website, by logging in via France connect (using your tax ID for example). Health Insurance also provides a simulator on its site to determine the vaccine recall date, so as not to end up without a valid pass. “All people who make their recall will have a new QR Code which will become valid 7 days after their injection whether it is a 2nd, 3rd dose or more”, we explain.
The vaccination pass, from what age? 16 years old ?
The vaccination pass concerns all French people aged 16 or over. For minors aged 12 to 15, the health pass (a negative Covid test, a full vaccination certificate or a recovery certificate) will remain valid and compulsory to access the various activities (bars, restaurants, cinemas, etc.).
Do we necessarily have to take two doses to obtain the vaccination pass?
The vaccination pass requires having a vaccination status. Very concretely, you must therefore be in one of the following situations:
- Have a vaccination certificate (a complete vaccination schedule, a booster dose within the time limit for people from 18 years and 1 month who are eligible for it);
- Have carried out a virological screening examination which does not conclude that contamination with covid-19 is present;
- Be in possession of a certificate of reinstatement for more than 11 days and less than six months;
- Hold a certificate of contraindication to vaccination.
As recalled by the Health Insurance on its website, the protection of the vaccine decreases over time. This is the reason why it is necessary to carry out a recall. “The date of eligibility for the booster is calculated: either from the date of the last injection of the initial vaccination scheme (also called primary vaccination); or from the date of the positive test for Covid-19 if the person has had Covid-19 since his vaccination”, we recall. “The booster dose is to be carried out 3 months after the last injection or infection with Covid-19“.
Since January 15, 2022, the booster dose must have been taken within seven months of the last injection, in order to maintain a valid pass. As of February 15, this period will pass up to 4 months after the last injection.
Plane, leisure… What are the activities covered by the vaccination pass?
All establishments hitherto concerned by the health pass are now subject to the vaccination pass:
- Restaurants and bars, except collective catering
- Trade fairs, seminars and trade shows
- Department stores and malls
- Interregional public transport (planes, trains, coaches), except “for compelling family or health reasons”.
However, some exceptions are provided for, in particular a trip for a compelling reason. A simple sanitary pass will then be sufficient. Only health facilities and services will be accessible through a single negative test. Employees working in the sectors mentioned above will be required to have a vaccination pass.
How to get your vaccination pass?
To obtain the precious sesame, only one condition: have a complete vaccination schedule. From February 15, the booster dose must be taken four months after the second dose, and no longer seven months later.
Since December 15, people over 65 and people who have been vaccinated with the Janssen vaccine, regardless of their age, must take a booster dose for their health pass to remain valid. This booster dose has been possible since September, but until now it did not condition the maintenance of the health pass. It must be carried out at the earliest three months (compared to five months initially) after complete vaccination (second dose for general cases, single dose for people cured of the infection) for the majority of vaccines and four weeks for the Janssen vaccine. .
The High Authority for Health said it was in favor of recall being possible from the age of forty. The scientific community is divided on the usefulness of carrying out a recall on the entire population. Since November 27, 2021, recall is possible for anyone aged 18 and over. From January 15, 2022, all people aged 18 and over must take a booster dose under the same conditions as people already eligible, if they want to keep their permanent health pass. The conditions will be tightened on February 15.
If the person does not call back within the time allowed, his pass is deactivated. If she performs a booster dose beyond the deadline, a new QR code will be generated and this new pass will be valid one week after the injection. If the person carries out the reminder within the deadlines, the QR code generated during the previous vaccination will remain valid for seven days, so that they keep their pass without cutting. In all cases, seven days after the injection, it is the QR code of the booster vaccination which will act as a pass and which must be presented.
Can the vaccination pass be required as part of my job?
The vaccination pass does not become compulsory in all companies in France. On the other hand, employees who were until now subject to the health pass (restaurants, cafes, bars, cinemas, etc.) must now present a valid vaccination pass to continue to exercise their professional activity. Do not panic however, the text of the law provides for the conditions under which “a proof of commitment to a vaccination scheme is worth proof of vaccination status”, can we read.
What does the vaccination pass change for the company?
In addition to the introduction of the vaccination pass, the text of the law enacts other provisions in order to fight against fraud. The managers of places and activities subject to the vaccination pass will be able to check the pass, and if necessary, the identity of the holder of the passes, “when there are serious reasons to believe that the document presented is not related to the person who presents it”. The lack of control in an establishment open to the public will be punishable by a fine of 1,000 euros, from the first violation.
The presentation of a vaccination pass belonging to others exposes you to a fixed fine of 1,000 euros, against 135 euros at present.
Possession of a false pass will be punishable by five years’ imprisonment and a fine of 75,000 euros. Companies that do not play the telework game may be sanctioned with an administrative fine of up to 500 euros per employee, up to a limit of 50,000 euros.
When will the vaccination pass be implemented?
The vaccination pass was implemented on Monday, January 24. As a reminder, the government initially expected effective implementation on January 15. The deadline was however postponed, the debates in Parliament being slowed down by the opposition. The left had also planned two different appeals to the Constitutional Council, in order to guarantee respect for “fundamental freedoms”, postponing the promulgation of the text of the law for a few days.
Until when is the vaccination pass compulsory?
The Prime Minister specified that the pass could be lifted in the event of a decline in the epidemic. “As soon as the hospital pressure is low enough (…), we can confidently lift a certain number of measures which today aim to protect us and which would be deemed disproportionate”, added the Minister of Health, Olivier Veran. “We will apply the health pass for as long as necessary, but not longer than necessary”.
What is the health pass?
The health pass is a control system put in place as part of the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic. It aims to certify that the person presenting it is not a carrier of the virus. It must be presented by anyone from 12 years and two months to access most events of daily life: sport, culture, restaurants, entertainment, as well as to travel via main lines or within the European Union. Three documents can be presented as part of the health pass:
- A certificate of recovery: this is proof that the person was infected with Covid-19 less than six months ago and is therefore immune. Concretely, it is a positive RT-PCR or antigen test dating from eleven days to six months
- A negative PCR or antigen test: it must be less than 24 hours old (72 hours for PCR tests and 48 hours for antigen tests in the event of travel to another country in the European Union, but 24 hours from one of these countries). For activities in France, self-tests are authorized if carried out under medical supervision
- A vaccination certificate: to be valid, it must correspond to a complete vaccination schedule.
The health pass should be transformed in 2022 into a vaccination pass. The government announced in mid-December that it would table a bill to this effect in early January. This finally happened at the end of December, and the legislative process is underway. The government hopes that the adoption will be effective on January 15. The health pass would then disappear, but to be replaced by a more restrictive device. It would however remain active in a few situations, access to care and minors in particular.