The Covid-19 epidemic is at the bottom of the wave, but the constraints are tightening for the last recalcitrant to the vaccination.
Since October 15, 2021, PCR and antigen tests become chargeable for partially or unvaccinated people.
Nearly 7 million adults will have to pay between 22 and 44 euros for each screening allowing them to obtain a health pass.
Even if exceptions remain possible (medical prescription, case of contact, recent positive test, contraindication to the vaccine), the measure clearly aims to push the reluctant towards the bite.
"It is a disguised obligation of vaccination", offends Véronique, a retired teacher living in Rennes.
For Frédéric, a 52-year-old craftsman, the switch to paid tests risks encouraging “people to do false tests”.
In any case, for him and his relatives, it is certain: "We will restrict ourselves in our outings".
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On the other hand, for the inhabitants of Guyana, Martinique and Guadeloupe, PCR tests continue to be reimbursed for everyone, and therefore even for the unvaccinated.
Between the epidemic which is still circulating strongly in these territories and an always low vaccination rate on the spot, the government prefers to play it safe, postponing the delisting to the date of the end of the state of health emergency.