This Monday the mandatory covid certificate comes into force in Iparralde



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It will be necessary to have the complete vaccination schedule, to have recently passed the covid or a negative diagnostic test of the last 72 hours to access bars and restaurants, hospitals, or for long-distance internal transport, among other places.


A terrace in Iparralde

The covid certificate that certifies having the complete vaccination schedule, a negative coronavirus test for those not vaccinated, or confirmation that the person has recovered from the disease, and that it was already mandatory since June in some events, has passed to used generally in the Iparralde and the French State, as of today, August 9th.

Specifically, these are the situations for which the “health passport” will be required in the form of computer QR code:

– Access bars and restaurants (even on terraces), gyms and shopping centers.

– Access “leisure and culture” sites that bring together more than 50 people such as cinemas and theaters, for example.

– Staying in hotels and campsites.

– Travel on a long-distance train.

– Travel on a domestic flight.

– Access nursing homes.

– Be treated as non-urgent patients in health centers and hospitals.

– Access health establishments as visitors.

After latest protests, the French Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, has confirmed this Sunday that will relax certain conditions of the “health passport”. Thus, the validity of negative tests for those not vaccinated will be 72 hours and not 48, both PCR and antigen tests will be valid, and it will be possible to perform “self-tests supervised by a health professional”

Although the minister has confirmed that the pass will be necessary to receive medical attention, he has clarified that “in no case should it be an obstacle to access urgent care.”

Mandatory vaccination for healthcare personnel

On the other hand, the health and labor personnel of nursing homes will have the Obligation to be vaccinated before September 15, and from then on there will be sanctions for those who fail to do so: workers may be suspended from employment and salary, but may not be fired in any case.

The French Government received last Thursday the endorsement of the Constitutional to implement these measures.

In the French State they already have the complete guideline 67.5% of citizens over 18 years of age, as reported by the Government on its official website. The data of the vaccination are even higher in Ipar Euskal Herria. And it is that 77.3% of the residents of the Atlantic Pyrenees over 18 years of age, which administratively encompasses Iparralde and Bearne, are fully immunized.

Now the citizens are divided Faced with the implementation of the mandatory nature of the covid certificate: while some consider that it is the most appropriate to protect the freedom of all, others believe that the only thing that is going to be achieved is to further divide the citizenry.

Follow the recommendationss in the face of coronavirus from the health authorities. If you live in the CAV and have symptoms, call your usual health center. The Health Council will also attend to people on the phone 900 20 30 50, offering information and solving doubts about the coronavirus. If you live in Navarra, call the Health Council telephone number: 948 290 290. Remember that the most effective way to prevent the spread of covid-19 is to use a mask, ventilate spaces, keep a safe distance, and wash hands.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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