From now on, “A negative screening will be valid 72 hours and no longer 48 hours for the unvaccinated”. In an interview with Parisian published Sunday August 8, the Minister of Health announced flexibility in the application of the health pass, which will be extended Monday August 9 to many places, including restaurants.
Already required in places of culture since the end of July, the health pass takes the form of a QR code testifying to a complete vaccination schedule, the negativity of a Covid-19 test or the recovery from the disease. Until now valid for 48 hours from the time of the sample, the screening test may now less than 72 hours old from this Monday, August 9, according to the decree published in Official newspaper this Sunday.
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Another relaxation: “It will be possible to perform self-tests supervised by a healthcare professional, in addition to antigen and PCR tests. They too will be valid for 72 hours ”.
The pass will not be requested for a visit to a general practitioner, recalled the minister. In contrast “In hospitals, it will be, but in no case should it be a barrier to accessing useful and urgent care”, he said.
50 million first-time vaccinated by the end of August
The minister also said he was confident about the target of 50 million first-time vaccines by the end of August. “We currently perform between 300,000 and 400,000 first-time injections per day, and we are already at more than 44 million. We expect a dip in the heart of August but the target of 50 million first-time injections made at the end of the month, or more than 85% of the 58 million French people who can be vaccinated, should be reached ”.
He estimated that the past and the progress of the vaccination should avoid other curfews and confinements ”as in the overseas departments where the situation has become. “More than worrying”, due to low vaccination coverage. “We will probably have to requisition caregivers in metropolitan France to save lives. We are there “, did he declare.
In a city, “We are going to have to deprogram care and call staff on leave, urgently reopen intensive care beds” in the southern departments most affected, he said, specifying that transfers of patients to other regions were also in preparation.
A Health Defense Council will be held on Wednesday by videoconference. In particular, it will discuss the injection of a third dose of vaccine to the most vulnerable people.