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Vaccination pass: why you should not delete TousAntiCovid from your phone

Since March 14, the vaccination pass is no longer mandatory to access many places. (©ML – AS / Actu.fr)

Almost a month to the day that the vaccination pass, it’s over. Since March 14, you no longer need to pull out your phone to go have a drink, enjoy a show or a cinema session.

For the many French people who have kept the TousAntiCovid application, on which the precious sesame is hosted, the temptation is great to uninstall it. Same thing for those who have printed their vaccination pass and no longer see the point of keeping this piece of paper in their pockets or wallet.

But don’t part too soon of your pass: it can still serve you. Especially if you need to get tested for Covid-19.

Confirm an infection with a test

With the number of cases still very high in France (107,654 new cases in 24 hours as of April 10, 2022, according to data from Public Health France), and a national incidence rate of 1,388.1 cases per 100 000 inhabitants, there are still many contact persons.

As required by health protocol, if you have rubbed shoulders a positive personyou have to go get tested to find out whether or not you have been infected with the virus, and the resulting isolation measures if the test turns out to be positive.

If you have been declared a contact case by the infected person, you will be contacted by Health Insurance or will receive a notification on TousAntiCovid. In both cases, you will have two tests to perform, both covered by health insurance.

If you have not been officially declared a contact case but wish, as a precaution, to be tested, this is where your health pass comes into play.

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Free for holders of a vaccination pass

Indeed, since October 15, 2021, PCR and antigen tests are only reimbursed by Health Insurance for people with an up-to-date vaccination pass, “upon presentation of the vaccination certificate or the certificate of recovery”, specifies the General Directorate of Health (DGS) at news.fr.

As such, a valid vaccination certificate within the meaning of the “health pass” or recovery, in the form of a QR-Code (paper or digital for example via the TousAntiCovid application can be requested.

General Directorate of Health (DGS)

If you cannot present your vaccination pass, on TousAntiCovid or in paper format via the QR Code, this screening can quickly cost you dearly. The tests are indeed chargeable, details the government site dedicated to Covid-19, up to 41.19 euros for a PCR test, from 22 to 45 euros for an antigen test and 12.90 euros for a self-test supervised by a professional. health.

A exception, however, in the Overseas Territories. “To deal with the epidemic situation in Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique and Mayotte, screening tests remain covered by Health Insurance until further notice. »

Still in effect in some places…

Another parameter to take into account: if the vaccination pass has been suspended since March 14, the health pass, on the other hand, remains rigorous in certain places.

This is the case for “access to establishments and services in the health, social and medico-social field”, recalls the DGS. In other words, nursing homes and retirement homes, or in hospital passages in the event of scheduled care (unless otherwise decided by the head of department or another authority).

Some overseas departments are also concerned by the health pass.

It is therefore recommended to keep your pass available for the scenarios mentioned above. The use of TousAntiCovid also allows you to continue to be alerted in the event of eligibility for the vaccine booster.

General Directorate of Health (DGS)

… and mandatory for traveling in Europe

As much as the vaccination pass has been lifted in France since March 14, abroad, this is not necessarily the case. If you plan to take advantage of the Easter holidays to travel to Europe, you will have to show your credentials.

Un means for this, the sanitary pass. Understand, either:

  • A complete vaccination schedule;
  • The negative result of a negative antigen or PCR test dated less than 48 hours for the first and less than 72 hours for the second;
  • A Covid recovery certificate, i.e. a positive PCR or antigen test dating back at least 11 days and less than six months.

“Since July 1, 2021, the QR code present on the French health pass can be read anywhere in Europe, directly in the TousAntiCovid application or in paper formatin French and in English”, specifies the government.

Note that some European countries go even further and require a “reinforced” health pass (in other words, a health pass

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