Health pass possible until July 31, 2022, fight against fraud … what the health vigilance law contains

The National Assembly voted, Friday, November 5, for the validation of a final version of the bill on various provisions of health vigilance in accordance with the wishes of the government. The text was thus validated on behalf of Parliament, sweeping away the objections of the Senate, dominated by the right, which had profoundly changed it, and which ended up rejecting it out of hand Thursday evening, through a “Preliminary question”.

The oppositions also intended to deliver on Friday a last standstill against this project, denounced on the right as on the left as a “Blank check” who “Spans” presidential and legislative elections.

Health pass possible until July 31, 2022, exit regime from a prolonged state of emergency, access to the vaccination status of students: here are the main provisions of the draft law. “Health vigilance” definitively adopted by Parliament.

  • Continuation of the health pass until the summer if necessary

In effect until November 15, the health pass – negative result of the SARS-CoV-2 detection test, complete vaccination certificate or certificate of recovery – may be required until July 31, 2022, the government may decide to stop to resort to it earlier in the event of a favorable evolution of the epidemic. The executive rejects this hypothesis at this stage, the coronavirus epidemic showing for several days signs of recovery, despite the vaccination rate of the population of more than 75%.

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Mandatory since July in “Places of leisure and culture” bringing together more than fifty people, the pass was extended in August to cafes, restaurants, fairs and trade shows, as well as to planes, trains, buses and medical establishments, except in emergencies. By decision of the prefects, shopping centers may be subject to it. Since October, 12-17 year olds are also subject to the health pass. Employees in the sectors concerned have been required to have a pass since August 30.

The deputies included in the bill a series of criteria to justify the use of the pass: vaccination rate, the positivity rate of screening tests, saturation rate of intensive care beds … But they did not set thresholds figures. The government will have to present to Parliament, no later than February 15, a report on the measures taken, their impact on health indicators and prospects. This report-assessment could be the subject of a debate in committee or in public session, to which the government is committed, without satisfying the oppositions.

  • Fight against health pass fraud

The health pass - negative Covid test, complete vaccination certificate or certificate of recovery - may be required until July 31, 2022.

The bill also toughens the fight against fraud: the transmission of a health pass to someone other than its holder with a view to its fraudulent use will be punishable by a fine of 750 euros. The fact of making or obtaining a fake pass could be punished by a penalty of five years imprisonment and a fine of 75,000 euros.

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  • Exit from the state of health emergency

In force since June for metropolitan France, the transitional regime for exiting the state of health emergency is extended until July 31, 2022. It is this regime, a kind of toolbox available to the government, which makes it possible to order restrictive measures (movement of people, demonstrations, access to establishments open to the public, etc.), including the health pass.

If the epidemic worsens and if there is a need to adopt more onerous measures – such as containment or a curfew – the state of health emergency regime should be re-initiated. And if this regime were to be extended for more than four weeks, Parliament would have to allow it.

Regarding the overseas departments and territories, where the epidemic wave was strong this summer, the government has planned to extend until December 31 the state of health emergency in Guyana and Martinique, where the level of he incidence remains particularly high.

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  • Vaccination status of pupils

Until the end of the school year, school principals and secondary school principals will be able to have access to the virological and vaccination status of students, and to information concerning their contacts with infected people. This, in order to fight against the spread of the epidemic, in particular to prevent class closures or organize vaccination campaigns.

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Health pass possible until July 31, 2022, fight against fraud … what the health vigilance law contains