Starting today, any adult who got the second vaccine more than seven months ago must also have received a booster dose to ensure their Covid health clearance remains in place.
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Adults are eligible for a booster dose three months after the second vaccine dose, and have an additional four months to get that third dose.
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On February 15, the deadline for receiving a booster dose will be shortened to four months after the second dose (allowing a month’s flexibility to receive the additional vaccine).
Those given a single dose of Janssen jab become eligible for a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna one month after the first vaccination, and then are given an additional month to receive a booster dose before their health card is deactivated.
Booster doses were already listed as a mandatory part of the health card for those over 65 on December 15.
passage of the vaccine
Today is also the date on which the government first planned to pass its vaccination law.
However, the many delays caused by discussions in Parliament mean it is likely that vaccine permits will not be rolled out until later next week at the earliest.
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The pass has now been approved by both houses of the French parliament, meaning it will almost certainly be introduced, although slight tweaks to the details may still be possible.
When it comes down to it, it means that negative Covid tests will not be enough to enter the majority of public places, such as cafes, restaurants, cinemas and museums.
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