Beware of deactivation… This Tuesday morning on LCI, the Minister of Health Olivier Véran warned of the risk that millions of people incur soon to lose their vaccination pass, key to accessing most public places.
“There are still 9 million French people who could lose the benefit of the vaccination pass on February 15 if they have not done their booster dose”, he recalled. On this date, the time to perform the booster dose of anti-Covid vaccine will indeed be reduced to four months (compared to seven previously) after the last injection. “I tell them this morning, go make an appointment, there are millions of slots available, don’t wait until the last moment. »
A lifting of the pass far from being topical
Olivier Véran indicated that the vaccine pass will be maintained “as long as there is a threat to hospitals”, which still had 3,741 patients in intensive care on Tuesday evening, a figure which has been very slightly down for a few days. For a lifting of the vaccination pass, the figures for hospitalizations (including resuscitation) must be “compatible with normal operation of hospitals”, without rescheduling operations as is currently the case, said the Minister of Health. .
And as Omicron is less serious than Delta, “we are now more interested in the health impact” than in the number of daily contaminations – some 360,000 on average over the last seven days. “We are crushing the Delta wave (…) but the Omicron wave is still very active. We have not yet passed the peak, even if this is the case in certain regions, such as Ile-de-France. It’s a matter of a few days,” he said.
On the “sub-variant” of Omicron, known as BA.2, Olivier Véran was reassuring: based on the first feedback from Denmark, where it would have become the majority, “it is no more dangerous than Omicron, but just as contagious” and “it does not change the impact of vaccination”. “What the Danes tell us is that it’s exactly the same, with one difference, it is that we could potentially re-contaminate ourselves with BA.2 even when we have already been contaminated with Omicron. This could give it a competitive edge,” he pointed out.