Covid-19: This Saturday, passes jump and opponents march

Tens of thousands of health passes should be deactivated for lack of a reminder of the anti-Covid vaccine this Saturday, deadline set by the government, against the backdrop of new demonstrations by opponents of this device and vote of the controversial bill on the pass to the Assembly.

In theory, some 560.000 people are likely to lose their passes this Saturday, according to the Ministry of Health . But the actual figure is difficult to determine. If we exclude those who have been infected in the meantime (which prolongs the pass), some 15, 9 million adults are supposed to have received their booster this Saturday, seven months after their previous injection. It is now a necessary condition to keep your pass.

According to the ministry, approximately 15, 3 million of these people made their recall as of Thursday. But that does not mean that the 560.000 remaining will lose their pass this Saturday. Among them, “there is a significant number who have presented an infection” without having yet notified it in the TousAntiCovid application, which extends the validity of their pass, the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, explained on Wednesday before to be himself tested positive.

“The norm”

At the end of November, by opening the recall to all adults, the government had announced that it would be compulsory to extend the health pass (which will soon be replaced by a vaccination pass). The authorities had set January 15 as the deadline for deactivating the passes, in the absence of recall or certificate of reinstatement. This does not mean that the booster must necessarily have been done before this date, which simply corresponds to the entry into force of the mechanism: from Saturday, the pass is deactivated for people who have not had a booster dose a maximum of seven months after the last injection (unless they have been infected in the meantime).

For those over 65 years and people with comorbidities, who had access to the recall in September, this deadline was 15 December. “In mid-December, people were worried (…), and in fact you haven’t heard of jumping passes”, put Olivier Véran into perspective. According to him, 98 % of people vaccinated over 65 years had their recall seven months after their last injection. This proportion is “close to 90%” three months after the last injection. “The recall acceptability rate is enormous,” the Minister further assured, according to whom “the recall is the rule, the non-recall is the exception”.

The 15 February, the deadline for taking your booster dose will increase to four months – and no longer seven – after the previous injection.

Several processions

In addition to the number of passes, this Saturday will also make it possible to count the opponents to this device, while the deputies adopted without surprise the controversial bill transforming the health pass into a vaccination pass at second reading, after a night of debates which will continue in the Senate.

Like the previous Saturday, demonstrations are planned across France. In total, of 85. at 120.000 people are expected, including 9. at 14.000 in Paris, according to police sources. In the capital, several processions will be organized. The biggest should be that of the Les Patriotes movement, of the pro-Frexit presidential candidate Florian Philippot, who will start at 14h from Trocadero. Other parades will take place at the initiative of “yellow vests”.

For the executive and law enforcement, one of the issues will be whether attendance is higher than the previous week. In the wake of the declarations of Emmanuel Macron, decided to “annoy” the non-vaccinated, 105.200 demonstrators had been counted by the Ministry of the Interior throughout France, four times more that the 25.500 of the previous mobilization, on 18 December.