Sanitary pass deactivated for lack of a booster dose from January 15: 10 questions to understand

After the beginning of the deactivations of the health pass for the over 65s who did not receive their booster dose in time, on December 15, it is the turn of the population aged 18 and over to be affected by the measurement, from Saturday 15 January. Explanations.

  • For whom will the health pass be deactivated from January 15?

“The health pass will no longer be active if the reminder has not been made within seven months after infection or after the last injection”, announced the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, on November 25.

According to Medicare website, the booster dose should be given between three and seven months after the last injection or Covid-19 infection, “except for people vaccinated with Janssen, for whom the booster dose with a messenger RNA vaccine is to be carried out as early as four weeks after the injection, and for severely immunocompromised people”, for whom medical advice is recommended.

For people who have had Covid-19, a certificate of recovery is required – they will be eligible for the booster dose three months after the date of infection.

  • How many people are affected?

On January 11, the Ministry of Health estimated that up to 800,000 people could be affected by the deactivation of the health pass for lack of a booster dose. However, the authorities pointed out that this figure could be overestimated: “We do not have the percentage of these people who have already made their recall. We are not immune to a good surprise and a figure which, in reality, is lower. »

  • What changes a month later, on February 15?

From February 15, the maximum time to receive your booster dose will no longer be seven months, but a maximum of four months after the last injection or the last infection. In other words, if your last injection was five months ago, your health pass will not be deactivated on January 15, but it will be on February 15 if you have not had your booster dose.

  • How can I make an appointment?

You can make an appointment at or by telephone on 0800 730 956 (for everyone) or on 0800 730 957 (only for people aged 80 and over wishing to be vaccinated at home). The call to these two numbers is free. Their switchboard is open every day, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • I forgot to do my booster dose, what should I do in the meantime, without my health pass?

Your last injection or infection dates back more than seven months, and your health pass has been deactivated? If you want to take advantage of the places subject to the health pass before your booster dose, then you have no choice: you have to do an antigen or PCR test, which will make your health pass valid again, but for twenty-four hours. only. In addition, as long as your vaccination schedule is no longer complete, these tests will be at your expense (from 22 to 45 euros depending on the case).

This period will be short-lived, since in a few days the vaccination pass must come into force, which will replace the health pass. It will then be necessary to have a complete vaccination schedule to access the places subject to the pass.

  • How can I know the expiry date of my health pass?

To do this, you need to know the date of your last injection. It appears prominently on the vaccination certificate that was given to you (“date of the last injection carried out”) and in the TousAntiCovid application, if you have entered the certificate there. The app normally displays an alert if the health pass is about to expire.

To help you determine when you are eligible for the booster dose and the expiry date of your health pass, the My Covid vaccine reminder site allows you to see clearly according to the different scenarios:

  • My health pass was deactivated, but I just did the booster dose: how soon will it be reactivated?

For the third booster dose, the reactivation of the sanitary pass is immediate, using the new QR code. For a second dose, on the other hand, the QR code and the activation of the health pass are only effective seven days after the injection.

  • What will the vaccination pass change?

The bill replacing the health pass with the vaccine pass is still under discussion in Parliament, and its final outline has not yet been decided. What is certain is that, if you do not have a complete vaccination schedule, the result of a positive PCR or antigen test will no longer allow you to access places subject to the pass (cinemas, theatres, bars, restaurants, long-distance trains, etc. – except for teenagers aged 12 to 17 inclusive.

In the version defended by the majority in the National Assembly, an identity check may also be carried out in these places. “when there are serious reasons to believe that the document presented is not authentic or does not relate to the person who presents it”.

Read the Decoders article: what is the difference with the health pass? Who is concerned ? Our answers to your questions
  • I have a contraindication to vaccination, what happens?

Some people cannot be vaccinated against Covid-19, for medical reasons. It is then possible to ask your doctor for a medical certificate which can be presented in places subject to the health pass in place of the latter. The list of pathologies leading to these contraindications was updated in November, now including cases of very rare diseases as well as cases of “myocarditis or myopericarditis associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection”, or of “pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome (PIMS) post-SARS-CoV-2 infection”.

  • Which vaccine should I take as a booster?

Those over 30 can use either of the two messenger RNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) interchangeably. The High Authority for Health (HAS) recommends preferential administration of the Moderna vaccine, for which a slightly greater efficacy over time has been demonstrated.

For those under 30, on the other hand, the HAS has recommended in its opinion of 8 November to use the vaccine from the Pfizer/BioNTech laboratory, the Comirnaty, because of (very rare) cases of myocarditis noted after the injection of the Moderna vaccine, the Spikevax, in particular in young men.

Pregnancy and vaccine against Covid-19: should I take a booster dose if I am pregnant?

Pregnant women are also affected by the booster dose against Covid-19. In a press release published on November 17, the National College of French Gynecologists and Obstetricians (CNGOF) and the Research Group on Infections during Pregnancy (GRIG) insisted on the need for access to a third dose for pregnant women. “regardless of the term of their pregnancy” due “of the decline in immunity over time” and especially the “particular vulnerability of pregnant women to Covid-19, particularly if there is a comorbidity”. A recommendation also made by the Vaccine Strategy Guidance Council (COSV) in its opinion of 19 November.

A national retrospective cohort study conducted by the AP-HP and a research group from the Biomedicine Agency (ABM), published on December 14, shows that pregnant women who contracted Covid-19 between January and June 2020 were more often hospitalized in intensive care and that their mortality rate was higher than pregnant women who did not have Covid.

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Sanitary pass deactivated for lack of a booster dose from January 15: 10 questions to understand