France brings forward Covid-19 booster shot, tightens health pass again

From January, the gap between second and third Covid vaccines in France will be four months



People wearing face masks to protect against Covid-19 walk out of a shopping center in Paris. — AP
People wearing face masks to protect against Covid-19 walk out of a shopping center in Paris. — AP

By Reuters

Published: Sat 18 Dec 2021, 2:29 AM

Last updated: Sat 18 Dec 2021, 2:50 AM

France said on Friday it will reduce the time between second and third Covid-19 vaccination injections to four months and will require people to show proof of vaccination to enter some venues as the Omicron variant is set to become dominant.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex said that starting in January, the gap between second and third immunisations would shorten by a month from five months.

To increase pressure on people to get vaccinated, the government will present a bill early next year to change the French health pass into a vaccination pass. That means people will have to be vaccinated in order to enter restaurants or use long-distance public transport.

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Under the current rules, a recent negative test can serve as a health pass even without vaccination.

“We cannot allow that the refusal of a few French people to get vaccinated affect the life of the entire country,” Castex said in a televised speech.

Castex said that because of the rapid spread of the Omicron variant in Britain, travel from Britain to France will not be allowed starting Saturday unless the travellers are French, have a French partner or are a permanent resident in France.


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