Islanders wait for QR code for French vaccine passes

DOUBLE-JABBED Islanders travelling to France will not be able to obtain an EU-format QR code – which is needed to prove their vaccination status and enable them to enter most restaurants, bars and other venues – until four days after the rules come into force.

Picture: ROB CURRIE.
Picture: ROB CURRIE.

Earlier this year, France announced that it was to introduce a ‘pass sanitaire’ scheme [vaccination passes] as part of plans to ease the country’s Covid-19 measures. It had previously been operating a strict lockdown with, for many weeks, a curfew in place from 6pm until 6am.

Anyone wishing to obtain one of the passes must download the ‘TousAntiCovid’ app and scan an EU-format QR code from their vaccination certificate. However, these codes were not included in Jersey’s vaccine certificates and, as a result, Islanders have not been able to obtain a pass.

France is due to begin enforcing the rules on 9 August but Jersey’s government says it will not be able to issue any of the EU-format QR codes until 13 August.

Meanwhile, ministers in Jersey have relaxed restrictions governing how many people can gather in private gardens. The current limit of 20 people will be removed to bring the requirements in line with those for outdoor public spaces. The change comes into effect today.

The government has also announced that financial support schemes for visitor attractions, accommodation providers, events businesses and some close-contact services will be extended until March next year.

The co-funded payroll scheme will be extended until September 2021 for all qualifying sectors. Treasury Minister Susie Pinel has said the majority of the additional spend required to extend the schemes will be met by the existing Economic Recovery allocation for 2021. An additional £3.6 million of public money has been allocated to the co-funded payroll scheme.

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