Jean Castex announced on Thursday, March 3, the end of mask wearing indoors and the suspension of vaccinations from March 14. But questions remain. We sum up.
A light in the end of a tunnel? News guest at 13:00 on TF1 on Thursday, March 3, 2022, the Prime Minister announced a further easing of health measures in France. This relief comes amid a significant decline in new Covid cases. specificallyFrom March 14, there will be no need for a vaccination passport and the obligatory wearing of a mask will disappear. But questions around these reliefs remain. Therefore, we will try to enlighten you.
Is this really the end of vaccination?
In essence, suspension of the vaccination passport will result in the return of the medical passport. Has been missing since January 24th. a medical passport will be required “in healthcare facilities, nursing homes and institutions that accept people with disabilities”.
In other words, people who did not have a vaccination pass (obtained as part of the full vaccination schedule) will need to have a negative screening test in order for their health pass to be active for a limited time and thus have access to those specific locations.
For other places where a vaccination pass was required, it will no longer be required from March 14th.
What tests will be taken to obtain a valid medical passport?
DGS advises our colleagues from right to left Only PCR, antigen or self-test under the supervision of a medical worker, allow you to get this medical pass even after March 14th. Among other things, the screening conditions remain the same as those we know today.
How long will they remain valid?
From March 14, obtaining a health certificate through negative screening will be reduced: 24 hours from collection. If, after this time, a person needs a medical passport again, they will have to take a new test, and it will be negative.
Will the tests be paid?
They will be for people whose vaccination schedule has not been completed.points out the ministry to our colleagues. Exception: “Minors with a contraindication to vaccination identified through contact tracing conducted by Health Insurance or TousAntiCovid, affected by collective screening campaigns organized by, for example, regional health agencies or national educational institutions, submit a doctor’s prescription or have a certificate of recovery less than six months old “. Thus, the latter will be able to use the tests for free.
The end of the mask is everywhere and for everyone?
Jean Castex announced two exceptions on 3 March. Wearing a mask will remain mandatory in “collective passenger transport”. Understand, public transport (metro, bus, tram…). In addition, it is not yet known whether the removal of the mask will affect long-distance transportation.
As for schools, Jean-Michel Blanquer explained that this lifting of restrictions in schools will affect not only students, but all teaching staff. The current sanitary protocol is to be developed after the “coordinating body with trade unions and health authorities on 9 March”.
The Minister of Education assures that the changes will go in the direction of easing, in particular, in terms of “life in the canteen”, “sports activities” or even mixing students. “One more step, but not the last.”
For his part, Olivier Véran addressed the most vulnerable by age or health condition: “Do not hesitate to wear a mask when you are indoors with people you do not know and who are potentially contagious.” “It is no longer mandatory, but it is possible or even recommended to wear it in certain situations,” the health minister recommended.
Can we really remove restrictions?
When he announced that he hoped to lift these restrictions in mid-March, Olivier Veran mentioned several conditions that need to be met in order to take action to ease the Covid measures. These conditions revolved around the number of patients admitted to intensive care units at the hospital, the incidence rate, and the dynamics of the epidemic.
Jean Castex reported on the improvement in the epidemic during his appearance on TF1, but did not elaborate on the numbers. On the other hand, the date of March 14 seems to be fixed, whatever the indicators of that time may be, unless a strong epidemic resumes, which shuffles the cards.but that remains unlikely, judging by the trend of recent weeks.
Where are the current figures?
Before the Senate, Olivier Veran mentioned target maximum 1500 patients in intensive care unithospitalized due to Covid.
With regard to the incidence rate, there were 558.6 cases per 100,000 population. According to data released by Santé Publique France on March 4, this figure remains very high, but there is a constant decline, notes Covid Tracker. The Minister of Health has set a goal to achieve incidence of 300 to 500 cases per 100,000 population.
Finally, with regard to Epidemic dynamics is is also currently in decline. The threshold set by the government on this side has already been reached. Indeed, on March 2, R, which indicates the number of people infected by one sick person, is 0.68. A “low and stable” indicator, meaning that the epidemic is receding, according to Covid Tracker, which, however, is seeing a slight increase compared to the last a few days.