France extends the health pass, the new rules – .

France extends the health pass, the new rules – .

The use of the French health passport will be widely extended, announced President Emmanuel Macron in a televised address last night (July 12).
The new rules will be introduced in stages over the summer in an effort to counter the spread of the Delta variant.

The government hopes that the expansion of the pass use will encourage more people to get vaccinated in the coming weeks.

Minister of Health Olivier Véran declared BFMTV this morning: “What we want to avoid at all costs is to confine the country again. “

Parliament will vote to pass the laws in a dedicated session scheduled for July 21.

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What is the French health pass?

The French health pass is a paper or digital certificate that proves that the wearer has been fully vaccinated, has had a negative PCR result in the past 48 hours, or has had Covid and is considered immune.

Test results or vaccination evidence printed on paper can be used as a health passport, or the QR codes on these results can be scanned into France’s Tous Anti Covid app where they will be stored as a second code. QR, which functions as a digital form of the pass.

To be considered fully vaccinated, the pass holder must have received all doses of the vaccine (two for Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca and one for Johnson & Johnson) and also waited sufficient time for the body to develop its response. immune to the vaccine. .

The time frame for this to happen is two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines, and four weeks after receiving the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Anyone over the age of 12 may be asked to present health cards at these locations. The government has not yet clarified whether rules will be introduced later for the 12-18 age group, which has had the least access to vaccines so far.

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Where will I need to use the health pass this summer?

Situation now

The rules for using the health pass have not yet changed.

Currently, you must use the health pass to access cultural events of more than 1,000 people, such as sports games and concerts, as well as nightclubs of any size.

The pass also facilitates travel outside of France as it can be used as part of the European digital certificate, smoothing between EU countries for pass holders.

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From July 21

The use of the pass will be extended to cultural spaces of more than 50 people. FranceInfo indicated that these include:

  • spectacles
  • parc d’attractions
  • concerts
  • festivals
  • cinemas
  • theaters

Since early August

Health passes will be used to enter spaces including:

  • coffees
  • Restaurants
  • gymnasiums
  • sports centers
  • hospitals (visitors)
  • retirement homes
  • social and medical care centers
  • long-distance journeys by train, coach and plane

The pass will also be needed to access restaurants and cafes, including terraces, government spokesman Gabriel Attal confirmed this morning (July 13).

Staff working in these locations will also need to present health cards to enter.

Who is responsible for checking health cards?

Labor Minister Elisabeth Borne told LCI this morning that staff working on the sites will be responsible for checking health cards.

Speaking specifically of bars and restaurants, he said: “People have to understand [showing a pass] is not a choice.

Police and law enforcement will verify that the sites ask to see the passes.

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