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Boosted within certain time frame for France?

In order to get the pass in France and go into restaurants, etc. I have read that starting 1/15/22 you have to have had a booster within 5-7 months of last shot. We are planning on traveling to France in May. We originally received our Moderna shots when they became available, second one last February. We then received our boosters (3rd shot) when available this past November ((9months past). So, if I am understanding this we will not be able to make our trip traveling around France as it is out of the 5-7 month time period. Please tell me I am wrong.
Thanks
Karen

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My girlfriend and I are in the same prediciment...there has to be a way around this, as we ARE vaccinated. Sure isnt easy...

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No - it's just that if your second shot (for example) of Pfizer was seven months ago or more, you have to have a booster.

They aren’t going to look back and see how long there was between your second shot and your booster.

Please note : as of February 15, it becomes a four-month delay instead of seven-month. I.e.if one's second shot (what we used to consider as fully vaccinated) had been four months ago or longer, they wouldn’t give you a health pass. You would have to show that you had a booster. And you do, so you'll be fine.

Note also that this doesn’t meant that the rules won't change again by May. But as they are written right now, you are in compliance.

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Thanks for the info Kim. This is what I got off the fr.usembassy.gov:
As of December 15, people aged 65 and older will need to have received a COVID-19 booster shot in order to keep their health pass active. As of January 15, 2022, all people age 18 and older will need a COVID-19 booster shot between three (3) and seven (7) months after their second COVID dose to keep their health pass active. Booster shots are available to all adults living in France age 18 and above beginning three (3) months after they became fully vaccinated. Vaccinations for all children age five (5) and older opened December 22, 2021.  

And, yes I am over 65. This 3-7 month time frame is really confusing. And I know that it will most likely change again in a few months but the it will be too late to change our plans. Wondering if we should just go somewhere else that does not have so many regulations.

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The 3-7 month cycle is just a grace period, allowing individuals time to be vaccinated. As long as you have the booster, that is what counts.

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This is confusing for me, too. So if we had our boosters in October and November, can we travel in May 2022?

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The wording they have chosen is concerning. We are concerned about the same thing. I shot off an email to someone in the French government last night about the same issue. Usually this lady replies so we will see. But I think it will be fine as long as we are boosted. I’ll report back when I hear something.

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Wendi, Thank you for doing that...I will keep checking in here to see what her response is. The wording was also concerning to me, as we were early vaxed, just now getting boosted but dont have a trip olanned until the end of July.

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Why confuse people? Get the booster, take the documentation to a pharmacy, the pharmacist issues a new QR code, scan the new QR code into the TousAntiCovid app, the app will now display valid pass.

It's really not that complex.

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Hi Karen, I heard back from my contact in the French government concerning the booster being administered well beyond the “5-7 month period” after the last dose. She said we will be fine.

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I am planning to travel with my daughters and possibly my son - to Paris - next September or October - we have to wait a bit to travel. We have received both vaccines and a booster (2021) - are we good to go - in the eyes of the French government ?

I realize - a lot can happen in our time frame - and we will certainly follow any new protocol - just hoping we are not out of the running due to the length of time from travel to the dates we received the shots and boosters.

Merci!

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Thanks Wendi & others. Happy to hear that the booster time frame is not an issue! It’s just the wording that threw me off. Happy Travels!

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We asked that very question to our Consulate in Houston. Here is their response:

Bonjour,

Under current regulations, only 2 shots are needed without a time-limit to be considered as fully vaccinated in order to travel to France.
We invite you to stay updated on theses as travel restrictions can change quickly.

Cordialement,
CG de France à Houston

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JR …being vaccinated with 2 shots will get you into the country…the booster shot will allow you to go to restaurants and museums……

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Chris,

Thanks and I guess they missed my point. I specifically asked about the booster and the 6-month span after for clarification. From what I am reading here, that won't apply - that it means you must have the booster within 6 months after the second dose, not within 6 months of the booster?

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ok, so I wrote the Consulate again in Houston and asked the specific question about the booster and the time frame after receiving the booster and if there is an expiration. We know you just need the three shots to enter France, but I specifically asked abouot the Pass Sanitaire and going to restaurants, etc. We can relax. Here is what they said:

Bonjour,

Under current regulations, only 3 doses of vaccine are mandatory.
As of now, there is no expiration date for the passe sanitaire after the third dose.

Cordialement,
CG de France à Houston