France: health passes jump and opponents march

In theory, some 560,000 people are likely to lose their passes on Saturday, the health ministry told AFP on Friday evening. But the actual figure is difficult to determine. If we exclude those who have been infected in the meantime (which extends the pass), some 15.9 million adults are supposed to have received their booster on Saturday, seven months after their previous injection.

It is now a necessary condition to keep your pass. According to the ministry, about 15.3 million of those people had their recalls as of Thursday. But that doesn’t mean the remaining 560,000 will lose their passes on 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 test positive himself.

At the end of November, by opening the recall to all adults, the government announced that it would be compulsory to extend the health pass, which will soon be replaced by a vaccination pass. For those over 65 and people with comorbidities, who had access to the recall in September, this deadline was December 15. According to Olivier Véran, 98% of vaccinated people over the age of 65 did their booster seven months after their last injection. On February 15, the deadline for taking your booster dose will increase to four months – and no longer seven – after the previous injection.

In addition to the number of passes, the day of 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 on Saturday, after a night of debates which will continue in the Senate. Like the previous Saturday, demonstrations are planned across France.

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 last Saturday, four times more than the 25,500 of the previous mobilization, December 18.

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