VACCINE TRANSITION. After the Omicron wave collapsed, the next measure the government lifted was the mandatory wearing of masks in closed places subject to vaccine pass, except for transportation. According to the latest statements, the end of the health transition is very soon.
[Mis à jour le 25 février 2022 à 14h54] From Monday, February 28, masks will no longer be required in all public establishments, except in closed places subject to vaccination, i.e. long-term transport (TGV, Intercités, night trains, domestic flights). ). In the press release published on February 11, he said, “We will continue to wear masks in closed places that are not subject to vaccination and in closed places in transportation. The obligation to wear masks in other closed places subject to vaccination will be eliminated.” Ministry of Health.
Health Minister Olivier Véran said on February 16 that, regarding other places that are not subject to vaccine pass, such as public transport or workplaces, the end of wearing masks in these places could happen “mid-March”. “I’m not saying we’ll mitigate everything, but we’ll probably be able to mitigate it again in mid-March if the hospital is operating normally,” he told France Info. Traveling to Nice on February 17, he told France Bleu about the threshold of “1,500 patients in intensive care” across France to end mask wearing everywhere indoors. Currently, France has fallen below its symbolic threshold of 3,000 patients in intensive care due to Covid.
At the traditional press briefing after the Cabinet on Wednesday, February 23, government spokesman Gabriel Attal confirmed that wearing masks in closed areas subject to vaccination pass this Monday has been lifted, excluding long-term transportation, and said, “The next step should be the removal of the vaccination card and the obligation to wear a mask in closed areas.” if that’s the case “standardized in hospitals“We could reach that by mid-March, according to the Pasteur Institute’s estimates,” he added, echoing the Minister of Health’s words before the Senate Social Affairs Committee on Tuesday (February 24th). Indeed, on February 24, Health Minister Olivier Véran spoke before the Senate Social Affairs Committee in mid-March about the complete or partial removal of the vaccination card, detailing 3 key criteria for this removal. Which are they? In which venues is the mask removed on February 28? What is the expiry date of the specified vaccination card? What changes have been made to the vaccine since February 15 and how is it obtained? All the answers to your questions.
Will masks no longer be required in places subject to vaccination pass?
Government spokesman Gabriel Attal confirmed on Wednesday, February 23, on the occasion of a report from the Council of Ministers, that as of Monday, February 28, masks will no longer be mandatory in closed places subject to vaccination pass, except for transportation. With the exception of transport (TGV, Intercités, night trains), masks will no longer be required in the following indoor vaccine-passable areas:
- Museums and monuments
- Theaters and other performance halls
- Concert halls and festivals
- party rooms
- Fairs, trade shows and seminars
- Restaurants, bars and cafes
- Campsites, hotels and resorts
- Casinos and other arcades
- Sports facilities (gym, gym, ice rink, riding stables, etc.)
- theme parks
- Boat tours of more than 50 passengers
Long-term transport access, such as TGV, Intercités, night trains, long-distance buses and domestic flights, which are subject to vaccination pass, are still subject to wearing masks, as is other public transport that was not subject in the past. . Masks will continue to be worn in workplaces, schools and other places where vaccination cards are not required.
What is the expiry date of the vaccination card?
Given the improvement in health status, Health Minister Olivier Véran announced on Tuesday, February 22, that the pass-through vaccine could be abolished before the Senate if the vaccine pass law in principle is valid by July 31, 2022. “In all or some of the places where it is applied, by mid-March“. But he still attributed the end of the vaccine to three conditions:
- A normal hospital situation: “We’ll have to get down to the roughly 1,500 Covid patients in the pulley for us to think that hospitals are back to normal functioning,” Olivier Véran said before the Senate Social Affairs Committee on February 22.
- An incidence rate is “quite low, around 300 or 500 at most.”
- Virus growth factor R “permanently less than one”.
Where are we in these projections? On Wednesday, February 23, government spokesman Gabriel Attal announced a “health horizon” that “cleared a little bit more every day” and an “continuing” “pandemic collapse”, with a number of cases dropping, notably within a week. “40%” and now an incidence rate “less than 845 per 100,000 people”. “At one month, the incidence rate was divided by more than 4,” he detailed. He also welcomed the improved hospital situation: “Over the past week, we have crossed a very important symbolic threshold for Covid, falling below 3,000 patients in intensive care”. Finally, the virus’ reproductive factor R is “significantly less than 1” today, proving that the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic wave is further and further behind us. A government spokesman stated that the vaccine pass will definitely be lifted “in mid-March, as announced by Olivier Véran before the Senate this Tuesday.”
Given the very positive Covid-19 outbreak situation, a report The Senate investigative committee on “the relevance of vaccine transition to the evolution of the covid-19 epidemic,” made public on Thursday (February 24th), has called for the health system to be terminated “without delay but cautiously,” but begged for terms of reversibility. hospital condition or if Covid contaminations increase again.
What changes have occurred in the vaccine transition since February 15?
Since February 15, 2022, the French, under penalty of losing their vaccination card, had to take their supplemental dose from the moment they had their last injection for more than 4 months instead of 7 months. The measure applies to persons aged 18 and over, but there are exceptions to all of these:
French people infected with the Covid virus can keep their vaccine passes without a booster dose. To summarize, if you have given a single dose of vaccine but are twice contaminated with Covid-19, the vaccination schedule is complete, if you have given two doses of vaccine and are infected once with Covid-19, the vaccine schedule is complete. Except for this very special case, an infection is now equivalent to an injection: being contaminated three times by Covid-19 does not make it possible to have a complete vaccination schedule.
The time given for the booster dose has been reduced to 4 months, while the government has given an additional week for latecomers. However, as of Wednesday, February 23, this period of tolerance has come to an end. “Those affected by the possibility of losing their pass on February 15, after the seven-day notice period, will lose it today or tomorrow,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement on Tuesday, February 22. Nearly 3.5 million French would no longer be able to obtain a vaccination card themselves because they had not completed their vaccination dose. A deliberate choice motivated by a near-vaccine removal?
In addition, as of February 15, the validity period of the recovery certificate after Covid-19 infection has been reduced from 6 months to 4 months. It was stated by the ministry that the recovery certificate is “one of the proofs that allows you to have a valid vaccination card”. This document is only issued to French persons infected with Covid-19 more than 11 days ago and therefore less than 4 months ago (before 15 February, less than 6 months).
Two conditions to get the vaccination card: present a complete vaccination schedule (with a booster dose within 4 months from age 18 unless contaminated with Covid-19) or a certificate of recovery from Covid-19. at least 11 days and less than 4 months ago. Negative PCR or antigen tests are no longer valid evidence, unlike the health transition. regarding vaccination.