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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 46 – 13 July 2021

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 46 – 13 July 2021

Welcome to our forty-sixth bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic.  In this bulletin we summarise the new regulations as announced by President Macron on 12th July 2021.

In his eighth public announcement since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, President Macron announced, after a meeting of the public health committee, the following:

Extension of the « pass sanitaire »

The “pass sanitaire” is a document (paper or digital) proving that either:

  • you have had both doses of the vaccine; or
  • you have had a negative Covid test within the last 72 hours; or
  • you have a positive antibody test less than 6 months old (for those who have recovered from Covid).

Previously necessary for events of more than 1000 people¸ use of the « pass sanitaire » will be considerably extended, in two stages:

  • From 21st July 2021, it will be required for events of more than 50 people and also indoor public places such as museums, theatres, cinemas, shopping centres etc. where more than 50 people could congregate.”*
  • From the beginning of August, it will be required for entry to restaurants, bars, trains and aeroplanes, medical establishments and even on long bus journeys.

Veran announces that vaccination will be considered complete in France one week after the second dose

Olivier Véran, Minister of Health, pointed out on Tuesday that the vaccination schedule would be considered complete one week after the administration of the second dose, instead of the two currently, a decision matured during discussions during the day with the president of the Scientific Council and the coordinator of the vaccination campaign. This does not, however, apply to travel requirements outside France.

Compulsory vaccination for workers in contact with vulnerable people

From 15th September 2021 vaccination will be compulsory for medical professionals and other staff working in hospitals, clinics and retirement homes, and will include workers caring for the elderly at home.

Booster jabs for those vaccinated in January or February 2021

As from the beginning of September 2021 there will be a campaign to recall those who were vaccinated in January or February 2021 and who were among the most vulnerable. They will be recalled for a booster dose of the vaccine.

Campaign of vaccination for secondary school pupils, sixth form pupils and students

A vaccination campaign for secondary school pupils, sixth form pupils and students will begin when schools reopen in September 2021.

Non-essential tests no longer reimbursed

As from October 2021, a doctor’s prescription will be necessary for reimbursement of the PCR and antigenic tests. These tests are already no longer free for tourists.

Stricter border controls

With immediate effect, there will be stricter border controls and non-vaccinated people from higher-risk countries will be asked to self-isolate.

Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response

CSF-L continues to support English speakers touched by cancer in the Hérault and Aveyron, as well as extending support to people touched by Covid-19 during the crisis. In line with guidance, this is done at distance. Our Helpline can be reached on 04 67 44 87 06. (This is a voicemail service and we aim to return calls within 24 hours of a message being left).

If there is information you would like to share with others, please contact us using our email address: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com

We hope you stay safe and well.

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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 43 – 30 April 2021 – Details for Lifting of Lockdown

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 43 – 30 April 2021 – Details for Lifting of Lockdown

Welcome to our forty-third bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic.  In this bulletin we give details of the four stages of deconfinement in France, beginning on Monday 3rd May.  The calendar at the bottom of this bulletin (in French) gives you an at-a-glance picture of what changes and when.

On Thursday 29 April, President Macron published details of the timetable for the gradual ending of the current restrictions due to Covid-19. This will involve four major stages.

Stage 1 : from 3 May 2021

  • The 19h00-06h00 curfew remains in place.
  • Working from home wherever possible remains recommended.
  • Non-essential shops remain closed.
  • Secondary schools re-open with 50% home schooling, 50% presence in class for 4eme and 3eme.
  • Lycées re-open with 50% home schooling, 50% presence in class.
  • No attestations will be needed for travel outside curfew hours.
  • Travel between regions is permitted.

Stage 2 :  from 19 May 2021

  • Curfew will be from 21h00 (9 pm) to 06h00.
  • Working from home wherever possible is still recommended.
  • Re-opening of non-essential shops with limits on number of customers.
  • Re-opening of terraces (bars and restaurants) with a maximum of 6 people per table.
  • Re-opening of museums, monuments, cinemas, theatres, concert halls with seated audiences. Maximum of 800 indoors and 1000 outdoors.
  • Re-opening of indoor and outdoor sports venues with spectators limited to 800 people indoors and 1000 people outdoors.
  • Indoor sporting activities are permitted.
  • Meetings of more than 10 people are banned.

Stage 3 : from  9 June 2021

  • Curfew from 23h00 (11pm) to 06h00
  • Working from home is optional.
  • Re-opening of cafes and restaurants with a maximum of 6 people per table.
  • Up to 5000 people allowed in places of worship and sporting venues (with a yet to be confirmed suitable health certificate/negative test/vaccination passport).
  • Re-opening of sporting clubs and gyms, including indoor contact sports.
  • Re-opening of exhibition centres, up to a maximum of 5000 people.
  • Foreign tourists visiting France will be allowed with (yet to be confirmed) health certificate/negative test/vaccination passport.

Stage 4 : from 30 June 2021

  • Curfew will be discontinued.
  • No limit on numbers in places open to the public but social distancing and masks will still be required.
  • Indoor and outdoor events with more than 1000 people will be permitted, with health certificate/negative test/vaccination passport (yet to be confirmed).
  • Upper limit of public attendance for events will be based on the nature of the events and the local Covid-19 health situation.
  • Nightclubs will remain closed.

Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response

CSF-L continues to support English speakers touched by cancer in the Hérault and Aveyron, as well as extending support to people touched by Covid-19 during the crisis. In line with guidance, this is done at distance. Our Helpline can be reached on 04 67 44 87 06. (This is a voicemail service and we aim to return calls within 24 hours of a message being left).
 
If there is information you would like to share with others, please contact us using our email address: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com
 
We hope you stay safe and well.

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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 42 – Lifting of Lockdown

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 42 – Lifting of Lockdown

Restrictions being lifted on a step-by-step basis

Welcome to our forty-second bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic.

On Thursday evening 22 April 2021, Prime Minister, Jean Castex, announced “the peak of the third wave seems to be behind us”.

The number of daily new cases has fallen by 17% in the last week although it remains just over 30,000 per day. This decrease is particularly noticeable in Ile-de-France, Hauts-de-France and Alpes-Maritime but the virus is still active in most of France. He stressed that the situation is “still fragile” and the re-opening of the country will be “step by step, prudent and progressive”.

The easing of restrictions comprises:

The limit of activity to within 10km of home will be lifted as from 3rd May.

The curfew – 19h00 to 06h00 – will be maintained up to mid-May.

Depending on the evolution of the virus, non-essential businesses could begin to re-open in mid-May, starting with non-essential shops, some cultural and sporting activities and terraces of bars and restaurants. The aim is for all business to return to normal by the beginning of summer.

Schools

  • Primary schools will re-open on 26th April.
  • Secondary schools will begin distance-learning as from 26th April with normal school attendance starting from 3rd May.   However, if just one pupil in a class tests positive, the whole class will be closed.
  • Some 2021 baccalaureate exams (philosophy and oral) will require attendance in person, as will the brevet exams.
  • Strict hygiene rules will be in place in schools. 400,000 saliva tests will be distributed starting with the departments with the highest infection rates.
  • 64 million self-testing kits will be available for teaching staff (twice weekly), then for sixth-form pupils (weekly) from 10th May.

Stricter border controls

People arriving from Brazil, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, and India will have to show a negative PCR test result less than 36 hours old. They will be re-tested on their arrival, followed by 10 days quarantine.

Vaccinations

  • By the end of this week, 24th April, 14 million people will have had at least one dose of the vaccine, representing a quarter of the adult population. More than 70% of people over 75 have had at least the first dose.
  • A new fourth vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) will be available for those over 55 as from Saturday 24th April.  200,000 doses were received at the end of last week, but distribution was delayed until the final decision, on 20th April, of the EMA (European Medicines Agency) who have now decided that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the minute risk of blood clots.
  • New addition to elibigility list:  From Monday 26th April, vaccination will be available to the families of people with immune deficiency illnesses. This will concern several hundreds of thousands of people in France.
  • Consultation is taking place as to whether to extend the eligibility for vaccination to people under 50 with severe obesity who have a high risk of a serious form of Covid-19. A decision will be taken soon, and vaccination could begin in mid-May.

If you have not yet had a vaccination, you can sign up on covidliste.com to receive an alert for an available dose near you. 

Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response

CSF-L continues to support English speakers touched by cancer in the Hérault and Aveyron, as well as extending support to people touched by Covid-19 during the crisis. In line with guidance, this is done at distance. Our Helpline can be reached on 04 67 44 87 06. (This is a voicemail service and we aim to return calls within 24 hours of a message being left).
 
If there is information you would like to share with others, please contact us using our email address: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com
 
We hope you stay safe and well.

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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 41 – New Restrictions

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 41 – New Restrictions

Welcome to our forty-first bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic.

President Macron made the following announcement on Wednesday evening 31 March 2021:

  • The situation is now critical with more than 5,000 serious Covid-19 cases in intensive care, worse than the peak of the second wave. New restrictions will be in place for the whole of France during the month of April.

Click here for the entire bulletin.

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Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting is taking place this Thursday, 18th February at 2.30 pm via Zoom.

This year voting is online.

If you are not a member of CSF-Languedoc and would like to become a member, or need help attending via Zoom and/or voting, please contact Jackie at secretary.csflanguedoc@gmail.com.

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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 37

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 37

Welcome to our thirty-seventh bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic. In this issue we have information about:
-PM Castex’s latest  announcement about C-19 restrictions in France
-Shopping centres closed in the Herault
-New advice about masks
-Further advice on vaccinations Information about GHIC and EHIC cards  

Prime Minister’s Announcement
At 8pm on Friday 29 January 2021 French Prime minister Jean Castex made the following announcement relating to Covid 19 and the restrictions in France:

The pandemic continues to be severe in France.  The R rate (the rate of reproduction of the virus) is 1.12 and 60% of intensive care beds are full of Covid patients.  PM Castex is offering one last chance to avoid another lockdown and invites people to continue to be vigilant. The 6pm curfew across France will remain in place for the time being   He is not ruling out another lockdown in future An almost total ban on travel to and from non-EU countries has been introduced (this includes the UK) Those traveling between EU countries are required to produce a negative Covid 19 test – this is compulsory Businesses are encouraged to increase opportunities for employees to work from home Non-food shops over 20,000 square metres are to shut from Monday.

Shopping centres closed in the Herault
The following shopping centres are closed, with only the food shops and pharmacies remaining open.  In addition, click and collect services are suspended but deliveries are authorised.

Montpellier The Odysseum shopping centre. The Polygone shopping centre, Béziers The Polygone shopping centre. The Auchan shopping centre (Auchan itself remains open) Lattes The Carrefour shopping centre  (Carrefour itself remains open)..  
Those shops permitted to open are required to enforce limits on customer numbers, and the police are being requested to enforce the rules.
Lycees will remain open.

Masks
There is new advice (though this is not a compulsory directive) on the types of face mask which provide the most protection – particularly from the UK variant of the virus, an announcement on 19 January said.  

It is suggested that cloth masks provide insufficient protection and, if you wear a cloth mask you should additionally wear a paper surgical mask. 

An alternative would be to use a professional FFP2 mask which are now easily available to buy on the internet at 1 euro each.  Use this link to purchase yours.   https://www.medisafe.fr/produits-d-hygiene/usage-unique/masque/masques-ffp2.html

Vaccinations
Those aged 75 or over, or with conditions which cause vulnerabilities, are eligible for a vaccine. 

Despite the much publicised shortage of vaccines, it is still possible (though challenging) to get appointment via www.sante.fr.

The Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) – a summary of post-Brexit Arrangements
Here we bring you up to date on current information and outline how you are covered from 1 January 2021 for health care that becomes medically necessary during a stay in another EU country or in the UK.

For those who live in the UK, the current EHIC card has been replaced by a new GHIC card.

People living in the UK will be able to use their existing EHICs until they expire, at which point they will apply for the new GHIC. The GHIC offers almost the same cover as the previous EHIC, but with one difference; unlike the EHIC it can’t be used in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland.

For UK nationals living in Europe, the EU-issued EHIC will continue to be valid if you travel to the UK, as well as in other EU states, as it is now.  Nothing will change for you and you do not need to take any specific action.

A reminder that the EHIC only covers the cost of treatment which becomes medically necessary during your stay outside your host country. This includes: emergency treatment and visits to A&E treatment for a long-term or pre-existing medical condition routine medical care for pre-existing conditions that need monitoring oxygen and kidney dialysis Some treatments need to be pre-arranged with the relevant healthcare provider in the country you are visiting, for example kidney dialysis or chemotherapy.

You will be reimbursed on the same basis as a national of the country you’re visiting. This means that in some countries you may need to pay a proportion of the cost of the health care you receive.
For more information, see the UK Government’s page.  https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/apply-for-a-free-uk-global-health-insurance-card-ghic/

Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response

CSF-L continues to support English speakers touched by cancer in the Hérault and Aveyron, as well as extending support to people touched by Covid-19 during the crisis. In line with guidance, this is done at distance. Our Helpline can be reached on 04 67 44 87 06. (This is a voicemail service and we aim to return calls within 24 hours of a message being left).

If there is information you would like to share with others, please contact us using our email address: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com

We hope you stay safe and well.

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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 36

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 36

Welcome to our thirty-sixth bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic. In this issue we have information about: Are you eligible for a vaccination as a high risk patient? How to get a vaccination How to use Doctolib to book your test List of Vaccination centres in the Herault What is a PCR Test? Are you eligible for a vaccination as a high risk patient? If you are a cancer patient currently receiving chemotherapy, you are eligible for a free vaccination.  The other high-risk categories are: people with severe chronic kidney disease, including dialysis patients; people with solid organ transplants; people with stem cell transplantation; people with chronic multiple pathologies and with at least two organs failing; people suffering from certain rare diseases and particularly at risk in the event of infection (specific list drawn up by the COS and the rare diseases health sectors); people with Down’s syndrome.   See below for instructions on how to book your test, or speak to your Active Listener to arrange help.
  How to get a Vaccination- available to those over age 75 and those with high-risk health problems Appointments can be made at your nearest vaccination centre online as from 08h00 on Friday15 January via the government website – www.sante.fr  – the link provides full information.   You may prefer to use other websites for appointments such as – Doctolib, Maiia or Keldoc.  Feedback indicates that using these sites can be quicker and more straitghforward.  Instructions for making an appointment on Doctolib are shown below. Online appointments can be made on your behalf by a third party if you do not have internet access. The address and telephone number of your nearest vaccination centre can be obtained from your GP, your local pharmacy or in the local newspaper. You can make an appointment in one of the vaccination centres to receive the first dose of the vaccine if: You show no symptoms of current infection You have not been in contact with anyone infected in the last 7 days You have not been given another type of vaccination during the last 14 days. You have no history of severe allergies. A national telephone number – 0800 009 110 – is available. This number will be available from 06h00 to 22h00 and calls will be transferred to your nearest vaccination centre. For the second dose of the vaccine, the vaccination centre where you received the first dose will give you an appointment. Because of the high demand, it will not be possible to use the online service to book an appointment for the second dose. How to use Doctolib to book your vaccination Doctolib is an online appointment service. Click here to go to the site.   https://www.doctolib.fr

Step 1  After you have clicked on the link you will be taken to the page illustrated below.
Step 2  In the left box ‘COVID-19 vaccination let’s go’, click on the blue box, ‘MAKE AN APPOINTMENT’.  This will open a box entitled ‘Preferred location?’.  Type in the first two letters of your nearest town or city and select from the list of places that appears (see list below for towns with testing centres).  Select your centre.  This will bring up details of that centre together with a map and the box “Book your appointment online” as shown below:
Having clicked on ‘MAKE AN APPOINTMENT’ continue to fill in the details requested –  Under ‘2  Reason for Consultation select ‘1st Covid-19 vaccine injection’ Then under ‘3 Select appointment’ select the date and time you would like to have your appointment (use ‘SEE MORE SCHEDULES’ for more dates and times). AT THIS POINT you may have a message saying ‘All vaccination appointments have already been booked.  New availabilities will be available in the coming days.’ When you have selected your appointment, the following screen will appear – you now need to register or log in (if you already have a Doctolib account.) Once you have registered (or logged in), you will be able to confirm your appointment.
Use this link to help you to register with Doctolib.  https://www.doctolib.fr/help?origin=help-desktop#section=0&article=0 or ask your Active Listener for help.

CSF-L has developed a guidance note to help you to register which you will find on the Members page of our website shortly.
  List of Vaccination centres in the Herault Ganges : clinique Saint-Louis Saint-Martin-de-Londres : salle des Rencontres Saint-Clément-de-Rivière : clinique du Pic-Saint-Loup Lunel : hôpital La Grande-Motte : centre culturel (non permanent) Vailhauquès : service départemental d’incendie et de secours Saint-Jean-de-Védas : clinique Saint-Jean Sète : centre de vaccination, route de Cayenne Pézenas : hôpital Agde : hôpital Saint-Loup Béziers : salle Zinga Zanga Cessenon : maison de santé (non permanent) Olonzac : centre de secours des pompiers (non permanent) Saint-Pons-de-Thomières : centre de secours des pompiers Clermont-l’Hérault : centre hospitalier Lodève : maison de santé publique du Lodévois Gignac : lieu à arrêter Castelnau-le-Lez : clinique du Parc Montpellier CHU maison médicale de garde de la rue des Tourterelles centre Bouisson-Bertrand clinique du Millénaire centre municipal de vaccination, 2 place Paul-Bec For more information, click on this link.  https://www.midilibre.fr/2021/01/13/coronavirus-le-biterrois-se-prepare-a-la-vaccination-9307903.php

  What is a PCR Test? PCR testing for Covid-19 is considered the “gold standard” in SARS-CoV-2 detection. This test detects RNA (or genetic material) that is specific to the virus and can detect the virus within days of infection, even in those who have no symptoms. It requires a sample from the most accessible place where the concentration of virus is the greatest, that is to say the nasopharynx, behind the nostrils.  This is the level of test required for any non-EU national (British included) travelling into France.
  Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response CSF-L continues to support English speakers touched by cancer in the Hérault and Aveyron, as well as extending support to people touched by Covid-19 during the crisis. In line with guidance, this is done at distance. Our Helpline can be reached on 04 67 44 87 06. (This is a voicemail service and we aim to return calls within 24 hours of a message being left).
 
If there is information you would like to share with others, please contact us using our email address: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com
 
We hope you stay safe and well.
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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 33

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 33

Dear Steve

Welcome to our thirty-third bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic.

New Attestations required from 28 November until 15 December 2020 From Saturday 28th November 2020, an exemption certificate/Attestation will still be necessary, however these will differ from those which have been in use as they need to reflect the changes in what is allowed (e.g. capacity to exercise outdoors up to 20 kms from home and for a period of up to three hours, attending a religious meeting of up to 30 people etc).

The new attestations in French and in English can be found using the following link :
https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestations-de-deplacement?fbclid=IwAR1fU4HwLsbgRFkfONtnH9tdyf0rZ_SIMjIyoZpWpWTKc-M4K7nXK-PhRhQ
 
Please also remember to carry proof of address on you to evidence you are within the stipulated limits.
 
  Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response CSF-L continues to support English speakers touched by cancer in the Hérault and Aveyron, as well as extending support to people touched by Covid-19 during the crisis. In line with guidance, this is done at distance. Our Helpline can be reached on 04 67 44 87 06. (This is a voicemail service and we aim to return calls within 24 hours of a message being left).
 
If there is information you would like to share with others, please contact us using our email address: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com
 
We hope you stay safe and well.
 
 
 
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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 32

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 32

Welcome to our thirty-second bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic. In this issue we have information about:

  • Three-point de-confinement plan announced by President Macron on 24 November 2020
  • Pharmacies able to provide prescription medicines for one month beyond the end of the prescription
  • Free Covid-19 tests without appointments in the Hérault

Three-point de-confinement plan announcement by President Macron on 24 November 2020
At 8pm on Tuesday 24 November, President Macron made an announcement relating to Covid 19 and the plan to reduce restrictions in France.

The second wave seems to have passed its peak, with the number of daily new cases, the number of deaths and the percentage of positive tests all falling slowly, taking pressure off the hospitals. But he stressed that the public must remain vigilant and continue to respect the advice concerning masks, hand sanitiser, social distancing etc.

He announced a three-point plan.

Saturday 28th November 2020

  • An exemption certificate to leave home will still be necessary.
  • Walks and outdoor physical exercise can now take place up to 20 kms from home and for a period of up to 3 hours.
  • Outdoor activities, not connected to schooling, can restart.
  • Shops and home services can reopen, with strict rules about hygiene and only up to 9pm.
  • Religious services can restart, with a strict 30 person maximum.

Tuesday 15th December 2020
If the figures continue to drop and reach a level of only 5000 new cases per day:

  • Lockdown will be lifted and replaced with a curfew between 21h00 and 7h00.
  • This curfew will not apply for the 24th December and 31st December.
  • Large festive gatherings will still not be allowed.
  • Cinemas, theatres, and museums will re-open.

Wednesday 20th January 2021
By this date, the effect of the relaxation of lockdown over the holiday period will be known.

If the number of new cases remains below 5000 per day:

  • Sports facilities can reopen.
  • Restaurants can reopen.
  • Lycées currently giving only 50% of lessons in class can reopen fully.
  • 15 days later, the universities can reopen.

Ski resorts
President Macron said it is impossible to consider opening for the end of year holiday period. It will be preferable to consider reopening during the month of January. There will be cooperation with neighbouring countries.

No compulsory vaccination
He confirmed that vaccination will not be compulsory and the campaign of vaccination will start at the end of December/beginning of January, for the most vulnerable people.

Stricter enforcement of isolation
He will be asking Parliament to consider stricter enforcement of isolation of infected people, whilst supporting them with material help, health care and psychological help.

Pharmacies able to provide prescription medicines for one month beyond the end of the prescription
Pharmacies can (following an announcement on 18th November), supply medicines for one month after the expiry date of the prescription, but must inform the prescribing doctor in the following cases:

  • Chronic illness
  • Contraceptive pills
  • Treatment of drug addiction.

This will also apply to home nursing care requiring a doctor’s prescription.

Free Covid-19 tests without appointments in the Hérault
The Hérault department has provided access to free Covid-19 tests in isolated rural areas so that people who find it difficult to attend testing stations in larger towns and cities can obtain a test.

More information is available (in French) using the following link:
https://www.laregion.fr/Proxitest-l-operation-regionale-de-depistage-Covid-19-gratuit-et-sans-rendez-vous

Some of the test dates shown on the Proxitest web page have passed, but others are yet to take place and there will be regular updates on new test dates.

Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response
CSF-L continues to support English speakers touched by cancer in the Hérault and Aveyron, as well as extending support to people touched by Covid-19 during the crisis. In line with guidance, this is done at distance. Our Helpline can be reached on 04 67 44 87 06. (This is a voicemail service and we aim to return calls within 24 hours of a message being left).

If there is information you would like to share with others, please contact us using our email address: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com

We hope you stay safe and well.

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