People in France who have received certain Covid vaccines not recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will now be able to create a French health pass.
A decree which appeared in France’s official legal publication yesterday (September 23) has adapted the original list of accepted vaccines to include those recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), with immediate effect.
This comes with two conditions: “all the required doses must have been received, and this must be seven days after the administration of an additional dose of a messenger vaccine (mRNA). [Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna]. “
There are currently four vaccines approved by the EMA: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen.
However, elsewhere in the world, the WHO has accepted the use of Chinese vaccines Sinopharm and Sinovac, as well as versions of AstraZeneca that are produced outside the EU, such as the Indian jab Covishield.
This means that people who have received Chinese vaccines – including many in Morocco – will now be able to use a French health passport if they receive an additional dose of Pfizer or Moderna at least four weeks after their second dose.
People vaccinated with a version of AstraZeneca produced outside Europe could already access a health pass by going to the French portals abroad or Tourist on the Site of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Russian Sputnik V vaccine is not recognized by EMA or WHO at this stage.
Previously, those who received an injection of a Chinese vaccine had to have both doses of an EMA-approved vaccine in order to create a health pass.
In order to receive their third dose, people must present paper or digital proof of each of the injections they have received abroad.
If they have only had one dose of a Chinese vaccine, they will need to have two more doses of an mRNA vaccine according to the Department of Health of the Ministry of Health.
The extended list of accepted vaccines was announced on August 26, but only went into effect this week.
⚠️ #FDEInfo | In defense council met yesterday by @EmmanuelMacron, it was decided that French people living outside of France who have received 2 doses of a vaccine not recognized by the EU but listed by the WHO will benefit from the #PassSanitary, 7 days after receiving a 3rd dose of mRNA vaccine. pic.twitter.com/4wd7ywxaK6
– Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (@JBLemoyne) August 26, 2021
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