Will you have to show your health pass to get to work in 2022? The concept of extending the pass to the corporate world is gaining traction in government. The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, explicitly opened the door to this hypothesis on Saturday, December 18, in the context of the fight against the Omicron variant.
“It is a legitimate question which is also applied to some of our neighbours, the Germans have the famous 2G pass and the 3G pass. We cannot prevent people from going to work if they are not vaccinated but we can require them to pass a test if they are not vaccinated,” the minister on France Inter said.
He specifies that The idea is not to extend the vaccination pass (which will soon come into force) but a health pass. “This is one of the questions that need to be asked,” he said again.
— France Inter (@franceinter) December 18, 2021
In his statement to the Health Defense Council on Friday, the Prime Minister also warned that the executive would work on “all other useful provisions to extend vaccination as much as possible” in the framework of the discussions that will precede the presentation of the Project. of law dedicated to the “vaccine pass,” which will arrive at the beginning of January.
The entourage of Jean Castex confirms to HuffPost that the possibility of establishing a health pass for businesses will “indeed be discussed during the consultations.” According to our information, there are no plans at this time to extend the health pass beyond the workplace, such as in daily transportation or local shops.
At the end of August, it was mentioned that this measure would be implemented at the corporate level. The head of government then determined that this tool was “out of date.”
The arrival of the Omicron variant, on the other hand, has changed the situation for the executive, who now assumes “to put pressure on the unvaccinated.”
According to figures published in November by the Ministry of Labor’s statistical department (Dares), 14 per cent of employees already work in a company where employees are required to present either a complete vaccination schedule or a health pass.
“In 29 per cent of cases, companies affected by the vaccination obligation or holding a health pass indicate that they encounter disruptions in their activity as a result of the latter,” Dares added.
Dares also said the accommodation and catering sectors, arts and entertainment, health and social action are the most affected. This indicates the density of future consultations between the executive and business representatives on the extension of the health pass to get to work.