Jean Castex announced, Saturday March 12, in a interview with Parisian, the opening of the fourth dose of vaccine “to those over 80 who have received their booster dose for more than three months”. The Prime Minister also said that he strongly recommended “to people who are fragile because of their age or their pathologies to maintain the wearing of a mask in closed places and in large gatherings”.
→ CONTEXT. Covid-19: measures ease, contaminations start again
Granting that there was currently a “recovery of cases”, Jean Castex however ruled out “changing strategy”. “The scientific council, which I have requested, tells us that it is above all the BA2 sub-variant which is at the origin of this rebound” epidemic. “It is more transmissible than the initial Omicron, but it does not seem more dangerous”, he explained to the Parisian, relying on the fact that “hospital pressure, which remains our justice of the peace, continues to to lower “.
“The improvement in the hospital and our high vaccination coverage lead us to maintain the lifting of the measures”, he pleaded, even if certain conditions fixed for the abolition of the restrictions are not met (no progression of epidemic, less than 1,500 people in intensive care with Covid).
“Supporting the Most Vulnerable”
In this context, the Prime Minister said he wanted to “support the most vulnerable people”. In this sense, “we will now open the fourth dose to those over 80 who have received their booster dose for more than three months, who are facing a gradual loss of immunity”, he said.
→ EXPLANATION. Covid-19: the end of the vaccination pass and the indoor mask announced for March 14
On Monday, the vaccination pass, which requires being vaccinated to access many places, will be lifted even if its “health” version, which also works with a negative test for the virus, will be maintained in health establishments in the broad sense: hospitals, Ehpad…
→ PRACTICAL. Covid-19: the end of the mandatory mask in classes
The mask will no longer be compulsory, with the exception of transport and, again, health establishments. This relief concerns in particular schools, shops and businesses, which will keep the choice of whether or not to impose it on their employees. Cinemas, restaurants or museums were no longer subject to this obligation since the end of February.