In France, the coronavirus epidemic is resurging with a dramatic increase in cases caused by the Delta variant – 60% more contagious than the Alpha variant that caused the third wave. Now, Europe is preparing for a fourth epidemic wave, closer than expected.
The swift escalating of the Delta variant led the French government to instate more dramatic measures to encourage the people get vaccinated. Therefore, on Monday July 12, 2021, two days before Bastille Day, President Emmanuel Macron has addressed the country. He announced the progressive extension of the Health Pass to more public places, compulsory vaccination for some professions, as well as the end of free PCR tests.
Health pass extended: the calendar announced by the French government
This Monday July 12, Emmanuel Macron announced the use of the health pass is extended to more venues welcoming over 50 people, such as shopping malls, restaurants, trains… Measures are to be progressively instated over the summer. [Read more]
Covid: Tests will stay free of charge for vaccinated adults past October 15th
As France is preparing for a fifth coronavirus epidemic wave - expected to hit this Fall - the population has to comply with the health pass now extended to many public places. Prime Minister Jean Castex also confirmed "comfort" screening tests will be charged from October 15, 2021... Before adding that only unvaccinated adults will have to pay for these tests if not prescribed by a doctor. [Read more]
Reactions sparked immediately: appointments to get the vaccine skyrockets: over 1.5 million meetings were made the day following the address. But at the same time, another request peaked: the search for fake vaccine certificates or negative PCR tests. A fraudulent system including risks.
In addition to the health risk caused by the health pass fraud, offenders expose themselves to severe penalties for forgery. Sentence can go up to a €45,000-fine and 3 years’ jail.