France President Emmanuel Macron announced the extension of the Health Pass to include COVID-19 boosters.
French citizens 65+ years of age will first feel the impact of the booster policy.
After December 15th, double vaccinated in this age demographic must receive a booster 6 months and 5 weeks after their 2nd dose.
The Health Pass deactivates for citizens who refuse to comply and get their booster.
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La 3e dose de rappel va bientôt être obligatoire pour les soignants ?
"Il n'y a pas eu d'annonce en ce sens", déclare Gabriel Attal
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"Those aged 65 and older will need to present proof of a Covid-19 booster shot from mid-December for health passes." RT France President Emmanuel Macron extends booster shots, says will be required for health passhttps://t.co/7Ev6fQnrjj
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Announcing the opening of third shots for those aged over 50 from the beginning of December, French President Emmanuel Macron also said that from mid-December proof of a third shot would be necessary for those aged over 65 to revalidate their health pass. https://t.co/ccR6OHQk2L
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BFM TV reported:
This Wednesday morning, Gabriel Attal clarified the announcements of Emmanuel Macron, in particular on the question of the third dose for those over 65 years old. “On December 15, the pass will be deactivated,” said the government spokesperson on France Info , for “over 65s, if you have had your second dose for more than 6 months and 5 weeks”, without to have made recall.
“This is five weeks after the six months following your second dose,” Gabriel Attal explained.
“You will have alerts that will remind you that it is important to recall, there will also be Health Insurance,” said the government spokesperson.
Nearly 100,000 appointments have been made for the booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine within an hour of the president’s speech on Tuesday evening.
Double vaccinated Americans can expect similar treatment soon.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky already commented on the potential definition change of fully vaccinated.
That means it is a question of when not if.
For critical thinkers, however, this isn’t a surprise.
The warnings came loud and clear when Israel required the COVID-19 booster for their Green Pass.
A rolling booster subscription is their model until enough citizens say enough is enough.
Besides, the third shot, so far available only for people older than 65 and the vulnerable, will from early December also be available for the 50-64 age group, Macron said in a televised address.“Since the end of summer, a campaign has been launched to protect people over 65 as well as the most fragile among us. Today we must accelerate,” Macron said.
“If you have been vaccinated more than six months ago, I call on you to book an appointment for a booster shot. From December 15, you will need to show proof of a booster shot to extend the validity of your health pass.”
The health pass is required to enter restaurants and bars, to go to the gym or a conference, and for long-distance train and plane journeys.
Macron also urged those not yet vaccinated to do so. “To those not yet vaccinated: Get vaccinated. Get vaccinated to protect yourselves. Get vaccinated to live normally,” the president said. “We are not done yet with the pandemic.”
Macron said Europe was seeing a fifth wave of coronavirus infections and that in France there had been an alarming rise in the number of Covid-19 hospital patients and in the spread of cases.