French govt invalidates nearly 4 million COVID vaccination certificates

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The government of France have announced that about 4 million vaccination certificates were disabled on Wednesday as the holders have failed to meet the new rules that started applying on February 15.

In order to remain the pass validated, the French government requires all persons who have completed their primary vaccination more than 4 months ago, except for those who have been infected with the disease since, to receive a booster shot as per the new rules made by the French government.

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Despite the fact that the new restrictions on the validity of vaccination passes went into effect last week, the government decided to allow everyone a one-week grace period to meet this requirement.

However, the authorities have stated that the deactivated vaccine pass will not grant entry to many public places and events. Hence, all those whose vaccination pass has been deactivated are no longer permitted to enter restaurants, cafes, bars, cinemas, theatres, tourist sites, sports and large events, long-haul trains, as well as nightclubs.

According to the new restrictions on the vaccination pass, travellers will be denied entrance to all of the above-mentioned places and activities if they do not have a vaccination pass indicating that they have gotten an additional dose.

Nevertheless, officials have stated that booster injections are not necessary while entering the nation if the primary course has been completed within the last 270 days (nine months). The four-month validity period applies only while in the country.

The new rules on the vaccination pass affect only persons over the age of 18. Those under 18 currently are not required to receive a booster shot.

The new rules made for the vaccination pass affect only persons of age 18 or above, and those below the age of 18 are not required to receive a booster dose.

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As per the data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), it shows that a total of 94.2 per cent of the entire adult population in France has received their primary vaccination. Moreover, the same reveals that 86.6 per cent have received an additional vaccine dose.

Since February 16, drinking and eating have been permitted in stadiums, cinemas, bars, and trains. In addition, nightclubs have also been reopened.

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