Covid-19: vaccine pass, test record, Italy … The recap of January 6

► Vaccination pass: the deputies validate the bill

It’s done. After three days of tumultuous debates, fueled by controversial remarks by Emmanuel Macron, ready to “Piss off” non-vaccinated, the National Assembly adopted at first reading, Thursday, January 6, the bill transforming the health pass into a vaccination pass.

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Announced in mid-December by the executive in the face of the rampant Covid-19 epidemic, the bill must now be examined by the Senate, dominated by the right, at the beginning of next week, for an entry into force that the government wanted January 15 but that should be postponed for a few days.

► False health passes and record of screening tests

The Minister of Health Olivier Véran indicated on the night of Wednesday 5 to Thursday 6 January in front of the deputies that “5% of hospitalized patients” had false health passes and are not vaccinated. “The false pass kills, it is reality”, he launched to LFI deputies who rejected a strengthening of sanctions in the event of fraud, as part of the examination of the bill establishing the vaccination pass.

According to figures released Thursday, January 6, by the Ministry of Health, nearly 8.3 million screening tests were carried out last week, 20% more than the previous record set during Christmas week. The number of PCR or antigenic tests exploded with 8.29 million screenings validated between December 27 and January 2, against 6.85 million a week earlier, specifies the Drees (Department of research, studies, evaluation and statistics), in a press release.

► Distribution of surgical masks “to all teaching staff”

Surgical masks (FFP1) will be distributed “To all teaching staff”, “By the end of this month”, Jean Castex announced Thursday, January 6, specifying that he was waiting for an opinion from the health authorities on an extension of the use of FFP2 masks. “With the Minister of National Education, we have decided by the end of this month to provide all teaching staff with surgical masks”, the head of government said on BFMTV / RMC. Until now, these personnel had received fabric masks from their administration.

→ EXPLANATION. Education, how to fight teacher absences?

Some 7% of teachers are currently absent from schools, but the peak of absences “Should not normally exceed 15%”, assured the Minister of National Education on Wednesday, while the start of the school year has been under tension since Monday.

► The quarter of an hour of waiting after the reminder is no longer compulsory

People who receive their booster dose of vaccine no longer have to wait on site a quarter of an hour after their injection. This is valid if the previous bites went without problem, the health ministry said Thursday, January 6.

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The elimination of this systematic monitoring period “Will make it possible to streamline the organization of vaccination centers as part of the recall campaign”, estimated the ministry in a note sent to professionals.

► France lifts the quarantine for those vaccinated from South Africa

Good news for travelers arriving in France from South Africa and having a complete vaccination schedule. According to a decree published Thursday, January 6, they are no longer subject to a ten-day quarantine.

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Travelers are still required to present, before departure from South Africa, an RT-PCR or negative antigen test of less than 48 hours for metropolitan France, less than 24 hours for overseas territories.

► Italy imposes the vaccination obligation on over 50s

The Italian government, faced with sharply rising contaminations, decided on Wednesday January 5 to introduce compulsory vaccination for all people over the age of 50.

“We want to slow down the contaminations curve and encourage Italians who have not yet been vaccinated to do so”, Prime Minister Mario Draghi said in a press release during the Council of Ministers who adopted this measure. “We work in particular on the age groups that are most at risk of being hospitalized to reduce pressure on hospitals and save lives”, he added.


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