Macron: French Covid health pass for over-65s to depend on booster jab

French president Emmanuel Macron.
French president Emmanuel Macron. Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP
French president Emmanuel Macron has announced an expansion of France's vaccine booster shot programme as the fifth wave of Covid hits Europe - and made boosters a requirement for a health pass for the over 65s.

Macron laid out his concerns about a rise in case numbers in France, and said the decision had been taken to expand the eligible groups for the Covid booster shot – and to link third doses to the health passport.

Over 65s and those in high risk groups are already eligible for a third dose of the Covid vaccine, but from the beginning of December this will be extended to all over 50s.

From December 15th, the health pass will cease to be valid for over 65s who who are eligible for the booster shot but have not had it.

He said: “From December 15th, you (over 65s) will need to provide proof of a booster shot to extend the validity of your health pass.”

The president also issued a call to the roughly 6 million unvaccinated French people to get the vaccine, saying: “Vaccinate yourself to protect yourselves. Vaccinate yourselves to be able to live normally.

“Being free, in a nation like France, implies responsibility and solidarity.”

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Macron added: “The World Health Organisation has said that the 5th wave has begun in Europe.

“More than 30,000 new cases per day have been recorded in the UK and Germany.

“The 40 percent rise in the incidence rate and the increase in hospitalisations is a warning sign.”

In France cases are rising, but more slowly than many neighbouring countries. The current daily average of new cases in France is 6,900 – significantly lower than many other European countries but representing a 23 percent rise on the previous week.

Macron’s live TV address did not only focus on the pandemic, he also talked about the economy and the government’s plans to restart economic growth.

He also announced that France would begin building more nuclear reactors, and said that his flagship pension reform would not be brought in before the April 2022 elections.

In a plea for European solidarity he added: “Without the EU, we could not have had the vaccine so quickly.

“It is with them that we will work in the coming months to take on the challenges that we share.”

He concluded by telling the French people: “We have overcome an unprecedented mix of crises, from the pandemic to terrorism to geopolitical disorder and throughout it we have stayed profoundly human. 

“Let us not fear. Believe in us. Believe in France.”


Member comments

  1. I am currently undergoing immunotherapy treatment and have been advised by the hospital not to have the booster jab until January. Does that mean that I will lose my pass sanitaire I am 76 years old?

  2. I am currently undergoing immunotherapy treatment and have been advised by the hospital not to have my booster jab until January when the treatment will be completed. Does that mean that I will lose my pass sanitaire, I am 76 years old?

  3. Over 65s and those in high risk groups are already eligible for a third dose of the Covid vaccine, but from the beginning of December this will be extended to all under 50s.

    Interesting, so if you’re between 50 and 65 you have to wait? Must it be over 50s?

  4. Hi

    The booster is not showing up on the NHS app………..what will that mean for over 65s coming to France from UK, who have had their booster but it doesn’t appear on their app ?

  5. Very worried about just how much influence Pfizer and other such companies have on our freedoms. Even the American CDC this week said there is a link between the “vaccine” and heart problems noted within young adults/ adolescents being jabbed. This should be cause for concern. Why isn’t it?

    1. Anthony, those are very rare cases and all of these patients have fully recovered. The risks one is exposed to by getting Covid-19 are far greater than those posed by rare cases of (for example) Myocarditis as side effect. I had Covid in spring 2020 and my sense of smell is still not back…
      Billions of doses have been administered globally by now and there have been no reports of drastic side effects in large numbers of recipients – so I guess it can be considered as pretty safe by now.
      Also, I’m very happy that companies like Biontech etc. have been able to develop vaccines so swiftly, otherwise our freedom would still be curtailed by lockdowns and curfews.

  6. I’m over 65 but not eligible for the 3rd jab til February ( ie 6 months after the 2nd jab ). Will my pass still be valid after Dec 15 ?

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