how to get your reinstatement certificate and how does it work?

With more than 300,000 daily contaminations now, many French people are eligible to obtain a Covid-19 recovery certificate. What is it used for ? How to get it?

Who is eligible and for how long?

To have this certificate of recovery, you must have tested positive for Covid-19 more than 11 days ago but less than six months ago (this period will be reduced to four months from February 15). For example, if you tested positive on January 6, this certificate is valid from January 17 until May 6. After this date, it will no longer be valid.

The test in question must be an RT-PCR or antigen test. Self-tests and serological tests are not accepted.

How to recover it?

The process for recovering proof of a positive test is the same as for negative tests, via the SI-DEP platform. Just follow the directions there. The certificate, a document with a QR code, will be kept there for 6 months (four months from February 15) without any necessary action on your part or on the part of the laboratory. Once connected, you can either download the certificate or import it into your TousAntiCovid application.

What’s the point ?

This certificate of reinstatement allows to obtain the vaccination passwhich entered into force on January 24. “I confirm that the recovery certificate – issued to people who have been infected with covid and are not yet eligible for vaccination – will give access to the vaccination pass, under the same conditions as it gave access to the health pass, said Olivier Véran, the Minister of Health, during the debates in the National Assembly. “I guarantee that the consideration of the certificate of recovery is indeed provided for in the text.”

What does it change vis-à-vis vaccination?

If you tested positive for Covid-19 more than 11 days ago but less than six months ago, you are not eligible for vaccination or a booster dose for three months after your test. Beyond three months, you are eligible for the booster dose.

From the moment you exceed this milestone of six months (soon to be four), you still have to do your booster dose to continue to benefit from your pass. Unlike the first vaccination schedule, an infection is no longer equivalent to a dose, insofar as some people develop few antibodies, or none at all, in particular people who are infected but asymptomatic. But when to make this reminder?

Vaccines Pfizer, Moderna, Astrazeneca

  • If you contracted Covid before vaccination and received a single injection, you can receive a booster dose (2nd dose) 3 months after your 1st dose of vaccine.
  • If you received a first injection, then were infected with Covid, you can receive a booster dose (2nd dose) 3 months after the infection (date of the positive test).
  • If you have contracted Covid after having received a complete vaccination schedule, you can do your booster (3rd dose) 3 months after infection.

Janssen vaccine

  • For people who had Covid-19 before their Janssen vaccine injection, the booster dose is given 1 month after the dose received.
  • For people who had the Covid after their injection of Janssen, two situations:
  1. If the infection dates from less than 15 days after the injection: people receive an additional dose of mRNA vaccine 4 weeks after infection. They are eligible for the booster vaccine from 3 months after this additional dose.
  2. If the infection dates back more than 15 days after the injection: people do not need to complete their vaccination schedule with an additional dose. They are eligible for the booster from 3 months after infection.

You actually fall back on the current vaccination schedule : “Until January 15, the complete vaccination schedule corresponds to two doses; except for those over 65 who, since December 15, must have done their booster a maximum of seven months after their second dose”recalled Olivier Véran on Sunday, in the JDD. “This same seven-month rule for the third dose will apply from January 15 to all people over the age of 18.” From February 15, “it will be necessary to carry out its booster four months – and no longer seven – after its second dose to have a complete vaccination schedule.”

  • Too complicated ? Calculate from when to take your booster dose and until when your pass or certificate is valid by clicking here.

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