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March 14 is date for dropping of Pass Vaccinal

Just read that the PM has announced that assuming no dramatic changes in the pandemic that the Pass Vaccinal will be dropped on March 14

This does not affect entry requirements -- you still need a complete sequence plus a booster to get into France, but once there, no additional pass for entry to restaurants, museums etc

I have mixed feelings. It saves me over 100 Euro for my April trip on pass fees but I did like knowing that everyone else in the restaurant, on the train, in the museum was vaccinated when we were there this fall.

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I think this is good news. I Leave March 29th. I agree with you Janet, that the pass does give one a bit of comfort. But I live in Florida, and given our daily lives do not involve this type of pass (and we are Vaccinated/Boosted), I think I will feel comfortable doing the same precautions I do here every day. And it does save some $ for sure :-). I'll be watching this closely, of course, given our departure date is ~ 4 weeks away.

Glenn

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Great news. We can now quit stressing where to get our pass in Nice. Yay!

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Thanks for posting this, Janet.

According to the info in the TousAntiCovid app the vax rate is 79.3% of folks with a "complete series" which is defined as "all the doses required" so that would be boosters for some.

In Idaho the statistics look like 53% are considered fully vaccinated but only an additional 21% of the population has had boosters.

Do I feel safer in Paris? You bet. I'll still plan to wear N95s for my trip but will take it off in restaurants when I'm eating. That made me feel calmer in October when I traveled so I'll likely do that again.

Janet...the countdown begins!

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I appreciate one less hoop to jump through, and will deal with any apprehension about not knowing if the people around me are vaccinated. I also intend to wear my mask in any indoor situations as well as being around crowds outdoors.

See you in Paris Janet & Pam!

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I am very happy to hear this! Like others have mentioned, the risk of encountering unvaccinated and positive people in France is probably equal to going out and about here at home so I’m comfortable with our precautions and prefer not to spend the money, especially since we have our CDC cards for proof. Hoping the US drops their re-entry test requirement soon :-)

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Thanks very much, Janet for this posting. I have the same exact feelings you do. I only wish I could join you and Pam and Andrea in April! Our trip does not begin until May. I do worry a bit about outings, especially restaurants but I certainly agree with Andrea in appreciating one less hoop to jump through. I was surprised and pleased to find that I will (at least at this point) not be required to have the negative Covid test before entering France. While it feels less safe it also feels a whole lot easier. Now (as Janet has said previously) if the CDC would just drop the requirement for negative Covid tests before reentering the US!

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I think if the vaccination rates support it, then I'm ok with this approach. I believe France's rate to be such where they've deemed this feasible.

Spokane isn't much better than Idaho, with a current vax rate of 56% and only 20 something percent boosted. I'm getting my fourth shot next week on the advice of my rheumatologist. It's discouraging here to see the low total vaccination rates, but what really gets me is the boosted rate. I'm fine with wanting to live life in a bit more of a normal way, and without masking, but only if the rates were higher. If only we'd had that here.

To me, getting the pass vaccinal and paying $30 is a non-issue and one that would never have (or did) interfere with my trip. But I can see why France would eliminate it: because they can now.

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what really gets me is the boosted rate.

Aimee, I was disgusted when I saw the Idaho booster rate. I’m not sure why it surprised me, but it did. I didn’t look for Spokane’s rate but your post surprised me as well.

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Me too Pam. I found out today my older sister, who had two doses of Moderna, isn't boosted. What! She is the one who my parents ask to drive to all of their medical appts, etc, as she lives four houses down the street, and I live 22 miles away across town. My dad is going to be 92 in May, and my mom is on heavy duty immunosuppressing drugs for her RA. She spends a LOT of time around them. Both my parents and I thought she was. When I asked her if she was going to get it, her response was "I don't know."

Sigh. I guess that's pretty much the attitude everywhere.

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I think this is good news. One less hoop to jump through for those who have been vaxxed and boosted.
Things here in NC are more relaxed now , wearing a mask isn’t required . I don’t usually wear one anymore but carry one just in case I’m in an overly crowded situation. We leave for Paris on 3/14, can’t wait!

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According to the info in the TousAntiCovid app the vax rate is 79.3% of folks with a "complete series" which is defined as "all the doses required" so that would be boosters for some.

This figure was approximately 93% until France opened vaccinations to those as young as 5 which caused an immediate drop in the overall figures to the low 70% range. However, the percentage of those who have been fully vaccinated continues to climb.

I agree with the opinion that the pass vaccinal provides great assurance of limited exposure to Covid, and I was not bothered by any possible inconvenience in obtaining one.

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I am with Tocard on this -- I'd rather have the pass and know those around me are vaccinated. I worry that our 12 year old won't have a negative test for the flight home and be stranded for 10 more days -- missing school and wearing out her old grandparents.

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Apparently he will be able to play because France has dropped their vaccine requirements.

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BFM TV Paris just talked about this and mentioned that masques will be required in the metro. I am totally fine with this! I'll be there in 2 weeks!

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Article says he can enter the country and play even though he is not vaccinated.

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So let me see if this is right…..flying to France on 4/26……we will need our double vac and booster cards to get in…….while we are there all is well……and wear a mask in the country, right?…….still a negative test to get back in America on 5/12? Thanks!!

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@Jane, yes, to all. You'll wear a mask where it's required but if you choose you can wear masks more frequently. Things may change before your trip as well.

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As of 3/14, masks will only be required on public transport, in medical establishments (like hospitals), and in nursing homes.

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I am hoping they drop the testing before traveling, it cost a fortune for that quick test.

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testing into France has been dropped for a few weeks now. testing back to the US is 25 Euros.

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Thanks, yet again, Janet, for the important and timely information!
@ skunklet1771: the price for a Covid test to reenter the US is €25? So, is it the same no matter which pharmacy or doctor one sees? Thanks for the info!

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@kay My Covid antigen test to return to the US cost 20 Euros, so I guess not all the same price. I got mine at a pharmacy on Boulevard St. Michel

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So, my family will arrive in Paris on March 13th. Does anyone have thoughts on whether we can make it one day without the Pass Vaccinal and save the time and money? We are all vaccinated and boosted and have our CDC cards. We have a hotel reservation. We will probably take a taxi to the hotel. And we will need to eat somewhere that day. Any advice? Or should we just get the Pass, even though it's just for one day?

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Just to clarify...the booster is required to enter France if it has been at least 9 months (270 days) since your second shot. The vaccine pass requirement required that you show that you had a booster if 4 months had passed since your second shot. This was causing me a bit of a problem because I had my second shot on Jan. 8 (Phizer) so here in the U.S. I wasn't supposed to get my booster until June 8...which is the day we are flying to France. I learned that most clinics/pharmacies won't give the booster to you even one day early (5 months after second shot). I eventually did find two pharmacies that said I could get the booster a week to 10 days early so we kept our plans as they are. I still plan to get the booster before I leave but the pressure is off in the event both of the pharmacies renege on me.

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Don't worry we just dropped 72 Euros on our passes at a pharmacy yesterday and still have yet to have shown it anywhere. Total waste as most places besides major attractions don't seem to care at all.