At least four million French citizens who earned a vaccine passport by getting vaccinated last year are set to now have their vaccine passports revoked unless they obtain a booster shot, asap.
According to The Local, France’s original rules allowed vaccine recipients seven months from the date of vaccination to obtain a booster. But a new rule implemented on Feb. 15th cut the seven months to four starting immediately.
“That means that anyone who has not already had a booster shot, and for whom their second vaccine dose was more than four months ago, is no longer eligible for the vaccine pass,” The Local notes.
Below is a news video clip of a French woman complaining about the sudden policy change:
France deactivated 4 million COVID vaccine passports months ahead of their expiration date, in order to force people to get the booster shot sooner.
“I don’t have the right to do anything anymore, so I’m not even trying”. This is a very sad and telling statement. pic.twitter.com/mYtPV5D49H
— Mythinformed MKE (@MythinformedMKE) February 22, 2022
The rule applies to almost everybody, including tourists and visitors, though strangely enough, a booster shot isn’t required to enter the country.
“Boosters are not required to enter the country. At the border presentation of a certificate of full vaccination – in most cases two doses – is sufficient,” according to The Local.
“However, once you are in the country you need a vaccine pass if you intend to visit bars, cafés, ski lifts, cinemas, theatres, gyms, leisure centres, tourist sites, large events, sports matches or use long-distance trains, buses or domestic flights.”
The only ones spared from the booster rule are children between 16 and 18, in addition to those “who caught the virus after having” been vaccinated, according to RFI, a state-owned international radio broadcaster.
Those under 16 meanwhile aren’t required to have a vaccine pass, period.
RFI notes that an estimated four to 4.5 million French citizens “are not up to date with their vaccines.”
All this comes amid preliminary talks in France about requiring a second booster shot.
“French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday that France was ready to deploy a fourth COVID-19 vaccination or second booster shot as soon as health authorities gave their green light to such a move,” Reuters reported in early January.
The remarks were based on data coming out of Israeli. As of late February, another booster hadn’t yet been mandated.
Talk of a fourth shot has also reached the United States:
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) February 21, 2022
Unlike France, the U.S. hasn’t mandated booster shots. Not yet at least, though some reports have emerged suggesting that the Biden administration is seeking mandated annual booster shots.
The U.K. meanwhile has reportedly begun moving forward with offering a voluntary 4th shot to “care home residents and immunosuppressed individuals aged 12 and over,” in addition to everybody 75 and over.
The UK announces their plan to offer a 4th shot for people age 75+ or immunosuppressed pic.twitter.com/F5EXdgCKen
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) February 21, 2022
Israel has been offering a 4th shot to anyone 60 and older since at least January, though reports suggest the extra booster hasn’t been all too effective.
“A fourth shot of the COVID-19 vaccine boosts antibodies but doesn’t provide enough protection to prevent infections from the Omicron variant, according to new research at an Israeli hospital. The preliminary results, released on Monday, challenge the idea of giving a second booster dose to slow the spread of the coronavirus,” according to WebMD.
In a statement, Dr. Gili Regev-Yochay summed up the findings as follows: “Despite increased antibody levels, the fourth vaccine only offers a partial defense against the virus. The vaccines, which were more effective against previous variants, offer less protection versus Omicron.”
Israel’s 4th booster shot is a roaring success 💪 pic.twitter.com/NmbZitx6NK
— Dr. Eli David (@DrEliDavid) February 2, 2022
Pharmaceutical companies have, for their part, pushed for more and more shots — presumably, according to critics, because of the profit motive.
In fact, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said last month that he’s rather fond of the idea of the world population being forever pharmaceutically immunized from the coronavirus.
“What I’m hoping [is] that we will have a vaccine that you will have to do once a year. Once a year it is easier to convince people to do it. It is easier for people to remember. From a public health situation, it is an ideal solution,” he said during an interview with an Israeli news publisher.
“We are looking to see if we can create a vaccine that covers Omicron and doesn’t forget the other variants. And that could be a solution unless something completely different comes out.”
The idea wasn’t well-received:
Of course he does. Millions in his pockets. 🤡
— H (@triracr1) January 22, 2022
Of course it does… An annuity vaccine program! 💉💸💉💸💉💸
Good thinking Big Pharma.
— Drenched In FACTS (@DrenchedInFACTS) January 22, 2022
Pharmaceutical companies are laughing all the way to the bank.
— Martin Fry (@MartinsPostings) January 23, 2022
Shocking that the mandated “vaccine” that made them billions will now just have to be a way of life – man did we fall for the rope – a – dope with this one – of course Liberals will blast Bezos but their beloved Pharma companies just keep raking it in
— Randall W. Bond (@HoltonMusicMan) January 22, 2022
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