Sanitary pass: 4 questions about its expiry, for adults without a booster dose

Published on 14 Jan. 2022 at 15: 01Updated 15 Jan. 2021 to 17: 30

New step in the government’s vaccine strategy. From this Saturday, the booster dose becomes necessary for most adults to keep their health pass. This measure has already applied since mid-December to people over 65 years old. Explanations.

1. Who is affected by the deactivation of their health pass? Near 600.000 people could see the precious sesame slipping through their hands as soon as 15 January, deadline set by the government. From this date, the health pass is conditional on the booster dose for all people aged 18 years and older. This booster dose can be done between three months and seven months after the last injection for people vaccinated with the Pfizer Moderna or Astrazeneca vaccines.

People vaccinated with Janssen must receive an additional dose of messenger RNA vaccine within two months of their single-dose injection. They should then receive a booster dose no more than seven months after receiving their last injection. Note, at 14 February, the deadline for making a reminder will be reduced to 4 months.

“Beyond these deadlines, the QR Code of their old vaccination certificate will be deactivated automatically”, notes the public service site. Clearly, it will be placed in the “expired certificate” category and can therefore no longer be used as part of the health pass. Health Insurance now offers a new service, called “My Covid Vaccine reminder”, allowing you to know the deadline for receiving his booster dose.

2. How to get your health pass? Latecomers can easily collect their pass after receiving their third dose. “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 2e dose, of a 3e dose or more,” the utility’s site reads. This QR Code will serve as their new sanitary pass to be presented in places where it is required.

While waiting for the reactivation of the health pass, it is still possible to carry out an antigen or PCR test. However, they may soon no longer be enough. The government hopes to quickly impose a vaccination pass to access certain places.

What pass for those who start their vaccination?

For the unvaccinated, the journey is somewhat different. To obtain a sanitary pass, they must perform two injections and wait a total of 28 days (21 minimum days between the two injections, and 7 days after the second dose). To keep their pass, a third dose will be needed within 3 to 7 months after the last injection, a reduced limit to 4 months by 17 February.


3. What happens for people who have contracted Covid?

If the Minister of Health regularly explains “that an infection corresponds to an injection”, the booster dose is in fact almost compulsory to keep a valid health pass.

People who have contracted Covid after their 2nd dose must therefore take a booster dose. The latter can be performed within a minimum of 3 months and up to 7 months after infection. As of 14 February 2021 , the booster dose must be carried out within a minimum of 3 months and up to a maximum of 4 months after infection.

For people who have contracted Covid before being vaccinated, two doses are enough. The first injection is then entered as the second dose. The second injection serves as a booster dose. As for the rest of the population, this booster dose must be carried out at most 7 months after the injection, until 17 February.

4. What about children?

Adolescents are not, at this stage, concerned by the booster dose. The marketing authorization for the Pfizer vaccine does not actually provide for a recall until 14 year. The High Authority for Health (HAS), however, recommends a recall for adolescents most at risk.

It will decide later on the administration of this reminder to all adolescents. Its recommendations will be based on the results of a clinical trial conducted by Pfizer to assess in particular the tolerance of this third dose. The sanitary pass is compulsory for 14-17 years since 28 September 2021. However, it does not concern 5- years.

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