“suspended” on March 14, really the end?


VACCINE PASS. Although the number of Covid-19 infections has increased slightly since Saturday, March 5, can we estimate that March 14 will be the final end date of the vaccine pass?

[Mis à jour le 7 mars 2022 à 16h39] The government has announced that the vaccine pass will be “suspended where applicable” in France from Monday 14 March. The date seems set, whatever the epidemic indicators will be at the time. Should we fear the return of an epidemic wave? Looking at the numbers from the past few weeks, the trend is still down, but the decline is slowing down. The number of Covid-19 infections even rose slightly this weekend after a month of decline. 53,678 positive cases were discovered on Saturday, March 5, according to the latest figures from Public Health France, an increase of 55 cases over 7 days caused by the subvariant of Omicron BA.2, 1.4 times more contagious than the BA.1, although it Ministry of Health Olivier Véran believes “that there is no risk of an epidemic rebound from BA.2”. But the specialists recommend not to slacken the efforts. “The current situation does not allow us at all to speak of the end of the pandemic,” announced the lecturer of epidemiology and evolution of diseases at the University of Montpellier Mircea Sofonea in Parisian. “There are still many uncertainties for the coming days and weeks,” she added.

The incidence is 538.2 cases per 100,000 population according to the latest official figures recorded on Covid Tracker in the last 24 hours, and there are still 2,079 intensive care patients in hospitals. Originally, the management was only in favor of lifting the vaccine pass if the “threshold of 1,500 patients in intensive care” was not exceeded and the incidence was “between 300/500”. case at its strongest” for 100,000 inhabitants… If the executive does not reconsider its decision to abolish the vaccine pass on March 14, a strong epidemic resurgence could lead to a return of the device, because it should not be forgotten that the term The one used by Prime Minister Jean Castex in TF1’s newscast is “suspension” and not “end” As a reminder, the health system is governed by a law officially ending it on July 31, 2022. Until this date, it can be suspended if restarted activated.

On the same date, March 14, the mask will no longer be mandatory in institutions that receive the public. But there are exceptions. We make an inventory below by answering all your questions:

What is the expiry date of the vaccination pass?

On March 14, 2022, the vaccination pass will be suspended “in all places where it was mandatory (leisure and cultural places, commercial catering, fairs and fairs)” announces a government press release published on March 3 following the intervention of Prime Minister Jean Castex on the 13:00 news. The vaccine pass will eventually have lasted less than two months, as it came into effect on January 24, 2022.

Where will the vaccination pass be lifted on March 14, 2022?

As of Monday, March 14, 2022, the vaccination pass will no longer be mandatory on French territory “wherever it may apply”, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced during his intervention on the 1:00 p.m. news on TF1 on March 3. It is therefore no longer necessary to show the QR code of your vaccination pass at the entrance of these publicly accessible institutions:

  • Restaurants, bars and cafes
  • Transport long distance (TGV, Intercités, night trains, domestic flights and interregional buses)
  • Campsites, hotels and holiday centers
  • Sports facilities (gym, swimming pool, gymnasium, ice rink, riding facilities etc)
  • Hitchhike
  • Museums and Monuments
  • Amusement parks
  • Concerts and festivals
  • Cinema
  • Theaters and other halls
  • Fairs, Trade Shows and Seminars
  • Casinos and other gaming rooms
  • boat trips
  • discos
  • Malls & Department Stores

Is the vaccination pass compulsory in transport on 14 March?

From March 14, the vaccination pass is no longer necessary to take the train, plane or boat, both short and long distance. All interregional public transport (TGV, Intercités, night trains, domestic flights) is no longer covered by this rule. Wearing a face mask remains mandatory on all public transport.

What is the end date for wearing the mask indoors?

The end of wearing a mask was announced for Monday, March 14, 2022 by Prime Minister Jean Castex on the 1 pm news on TF1, the same date as the end of the vaccination pass. Wearing a face mask will therefore no longer be necessary in companies, shops, schools, colleges, secondary schools, universities, nightclubs or in public administrations. But beware, the wearing of a mask remains mandatory, on March 14, in all public transport “given the crowds” as well as in all medico-social institutions (hospitals, EHPAD, autonomous homes and rest homes). In a press release, the government also recommends wearing a mask “for positive people and high-risk contact cases, symptomatic people and health professionals”.

In which places subject to the vaccination pass is the mask no longer mandatory?

Since February 28, the obligation to wear a mask in certain places on condition of the vaccination pass indoors has been lifted. The mask is therefore no longer mandatory in indoor areas subject to the vaccination pass, with the exception of transport (TGV, Intercités, night trains, long-distance buses and domestic flights). With regard to restaurants, bars and cafes, cinemas, museums and monuments, performance and concert halls, banquet and gaming halls, libraries, discotheques, fairs and fairs, campsites, hotels and holiday centers, sports establishments or even amusement parks.

Where is the health card still required?

Prime Minister Jean Castex has announced that from Monday 14 March the health pass will only remain mandatory in all “health care institutions, retirement homes, institutions for particularly vulnerable persons with disabilities”. This means that you must always have a full vaccination schedule, a Covid-19 recovery certificate or a PCR, antigen or self-test (under the supervision of a health professional) within 24 hours in order to access hospitals, rest homes and medico-social institutions. Minors aged 12 to 15 are exempt from the health pass in all other places from March 14, 2022, as are adults from the vaccination pass.