Sunday, December 5

France expands the third dose for all adults and will require it for the COVID passport

The Government of France announced this Thursday the extension of the booster doses to the entire population over 18 years of age, starting five months after the previous injection. The booster vaccination for all adults will be open from this Saturday and will be necessary to keep the health passport that is required to access most public places, such as restaurants or theaters, as explained in a press conference by the Minister of Gallic health, Olivier Véran.

Without the booster shot, the validity of the pass will expire seven months after the last vaccination. This condition will be effective as of December 15 for those over 65, a measure that had already been announced, and as of January 15, for the rest of the citizens. This certificate also includes the possibility of presenting a negative test, but the conditions in this regard have also been strengthened: the validity period of the PCR or antigen tests will be reduced to 24 hours.

In addition, Véran has announced the return of the masks in all closed spaces, even when the health passport is required, as collected by BMFTV.

Cases are on the rise in the country, but unlike previous waves, France has almost nine out of ten adults vaccinated, the minister has indicated. “France is now experiencing a fifth wave. It will undoubtedly be stronger and longer” than the fourth, said Véran, and has assured that the population can overcome this wave “without further limitations”, ruling out for now a new confinement or touch of remains.

The health impact of the new wave “is real, but it is significantly reduced” thanks to vaccination that divides the risk in a serious way “by eight”, according to Jérôme Salomon, Director General of Health.

“Without the vaccine we would be submerged by this new wave, because the delta variant is more contagious and we would be confined,” said Véran. “The proportion of French in intensive care speaks for itself: those vaccinated are ten times less frequent than those not vaccinated,” said the Minister of Health.

Furthermore, “where vaccination is lowest, the highest incidence and serious case rates are recorded.” However, the efficacy of the vaccine “will decrease over time, which is a classic phenomenon”, because immune memory “is not infallible and a first boost is necessary,” he assured, according to statements collected by Le Monde.

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