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When will my French health pass deactivate?

The French health pass - in use since the summer to access venues including bars and restaurants - now requires a booster shot in order to keep it activated. Here's the timeframe for different groups.

A French official checks the validity of a health pass.
A French official checks the validity of a health pass. The window for adults to receive a booster dose before their passes are deactivated will soon shrink to four months. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP)

Current timeframe for deactivation 

Booster shots are already a requirement for people over 65 and those who received the single-dose Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine who want to continue using the health pass. 

People over 65 who received two doses of either AstraZeneca, Moderna or Pfizer vaccine are eligible for a booster dose after three months have passed since their last shot (the waiting time has been brought down from four months). They must receive a booster within seven months of their last shot for their health pass to remain activated. 

If you received a single dose of the Janssen vaccine, you become eligible for a booster one month after your initial injection. If you don’t get a booster dose within two months of your last injection, your health pass will be deactivated. 

These rules apply equally to those vaccinated in France and tourists, visitors or others vaccinated outside France.

Changes in January 

From January 15th, booster shots will also be required for people aged between 18 and 65 who want to continue using the health pass. 

Those who have received two doses of either AstraZeneca, Moderna or Pfizer vaccine are eligible for a booster dose after three months have passed since their last shot. They must receive a booster within seven months of their last shot for their health pass to remain activated. 

The government is seeking to transform the health pass into a vaccine pass by mid-January, meaning that holding a negative Covid test will not be a valid substitute for vaccination when it comes to gaining entry into existing health pass venues. 

Changes in February 

From February 15th, anyone over 18 will have to receive a booster dose within four months for their pass to remain active.

Eligibility will continue to start at three months since the previous vaccination.  

This will leave all adults with a one month period in which to receive a booster before the pass expires. 

If for example, you received your second dose on January 3rd 2022, you will become eligible for a booster on April 3rd 2022 and must get the shot before May 3rd 2022 or your pass will be deactivated. 

Other useful information 

If you are still confused, there is a simulator to tell you when your health pass will be deactivated.

No matter what age you are, if you have proof of having tested positive for covid, this can be integrated into the TousAntiCovid app where the health pass is digitally stored and counts as receiving one dose of AstraZeneca/Pfizer/Moderna vaccine. 

Booster doses are currently open to those aged 12-17 who are immunodeficient, suffer from a serious illness or have other co-morbidities. Some public health officials have argued in favour of systematically vaccinating this age group with booster shots. Currently, they are not required for this 12-17 year olds  as a condition for holding a valid health pass. 

After you receive a booster, your health pass does not update automatically. It is up to you to scan the QR code on the vaccination certificate into the TousAntiCovid app. 

READ MORE How to get a Covid-19 booster dose appointment in France

If your health pass is deactivated because you failed to receive a booster, it is easily possible to reactivate it by getting the required dose. 

If you were vaccinated on the NHS in the UK, you will need to download a new NHS code every 30 days and scan it into the app for the health pass to remain active. 

If you are over 65, you do not need to book an appointment to get a booster dose. You can simply walk into any vaccination site and you will be given priority. 

TousAntiCovid app users will receive a notification when you become eligible for a booster shot and a further notification when your pass is set to expire. 

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Member comments

  1. Am I correct in thinking that once you have had your two vaccinations and a booster, no further vaccination is required at present and our health passes remain active?

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COVID-19 ALERT

France extends second Covid vaccine boosters to over 60s

The French government has announced an extension of the second booster programme for the Covid vaccine to over 60s, as well as those with a medical condition.

France extends second Covid vaccine boosters to over 60s

Previously offered only to over 80s and those with a medical condition, the programme will now be extended to those aged 60 and over, health minister Olivier Véran announced on Thursday, reaching an extra 500,000 people.

He told RTL: “We are opening the second booster to people aged 60 and over, six months after their first booster.”

The change comes into effect immediately, although the second booster shot can only be given once six months has passed since the first booster.

As ever, there is no need to wait for an invitation, if you fit the criteria you can book your appointment directly with a pharmacy, GP or vaccine centre.

A second booster is entirely voluntary, and will not be required to keep ‘fully vaccinated’ status for those in the eligible groups.

Those who qualify for the second booster shot are now

  • Anyone aged 60 and over
  • Anyone under the age of 60 who has a chronic or severe illness including cancer patients, those with a compromised immune system and people living with chronic conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure or a respiratory condition. Find the full list here.

EXPLAINED Who qualifies for a second Covid vaccine booster shot?

The Haute Autorité de Santé, France’s medical regulator, considers that extending second boosters to the entire population is not “relevant” at this stage.

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