A new lever in the face of Covid-19. The Minister of Health Olivier Véran announced Thursday at a press conference that the vaccine booster will be opened from Saturday, November 27 to all adults over the age of 18, and this from five months after the second injection. From January 15, 2022, this anti-Covid vaccine booster will be mandatory to continue to benefit from the health pass. If the vaccination of children from 5 to 11 years old is not yet open, Olivier Véran indicated that the government was thinking about it, but that it would not adopt the measure before the end of the year 2021. In opening of the press conference, the Minister of Health reassured the French by stressing that there would be “neither containment, nor curfew”.
19 million French people affected by the recall
“In practice, (the vaccine booster) concerns 25 million French people, 6 million of whom have already received their booster,” said the minister. “There are therefore still 19 million French people to date who become eligible for the vaccination booster and whom we call to be vaccinated in the next two months,” he said. While Doctolib’s servers were taken by storm in recent days, just before Olivier Véran spoke, the minister officially explained to the French: “You can already go to the recording platforms. go online to reserve your slots. We will open, reopen or expand vaccination centers from this weekend, “he said.
Health pass subject to vaccine booster
The other inclination of this announcement lies in maintaining the health pass. All adults over 18 years old will have to take their booster dose to continue to benefit from the precious sesame, from January 15. The pass will become invalid after seven months in the absence of a reminder. The Minister of Health recalled that this measure already concerned those over 65 from December 15. During the conference, Olivier Véran specified that people vaccinated with two doses will receive an alert to receive their third dose, some time before the end of the validity of their pass.
At the same time, the European Commissioner has shown himself on the same wavelength as the French government by recommending the booster dose as a means of strengthening the European health pass. Regarding the vaccination of children, Olivier Véran stressed that France was studying its possibility, but that in any case, it will not take place before “early 2022”. At the same time, Pfizer’s vaccine was approved by the European regulator for 5-11 year olds.