While the government aims to extend the Health Pass in France, which will begin on July 21, 2021, Olivier Véran announced on July 13, 2021 that the deadline for having a valid Health Pass is reduced. Except that this will not be the case in other countries of the European Union … and travelers may be confused.
Health pass: valid after one week after the second dose
Until now, the rules were simple and uniform: the European Health Pass was valid after two weeks for the Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines, and after 4 weeks for the Janssen single-dose vaccine. But the French government has changed the rules… on its territory.
On July 13, 2021, in a tweet, Olivier Véran said: “ From now on, only 7 days will be enough to be considered as fully protected in France and to access the Health Pass. “A way to penalize less people who would be vaccinated after the announcement of the extension of the Health Pass which will be mandatory everywhere from August 2021. Except that it poses problems at the European level.
Travel: can we leave… but not arrive?
“ The European 14-day rules remain unchanged for the time being “, Specified in the same tweet, the Minister of Health. And that’s where the whole problem lies : the lack of standardization of health rules in Europe will lead to absurd situations.
For example: the French will be able to get on a plane or a train as early as 7 days after the second dose of vaccine. But if the trip is international, they will find themselves without a valid Health Pass as soon as they cross the border, since elsewhere in Europe the Health Pass is only valid for 14 days after the second injection. In a general way, for trips abroad it is therefore necessary to count 14 days after the second injection for the Health Pass to be valid and to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Still, the government’s announcement is less arbitrary than one might think: several studies, including a recent one from the Pasteur Institute, show that a week after the second dose, the effectiveness of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines is more 85% against the original and Alpha variants, and over 75% against the Delta variant. Enough, for the government.