Covid-19 Bulletin no. 50 – President Macron’s address to the nation

Welcome to our fiftieth bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic. In this bulletin, we bring you news of President Macron’s broadcast on 9th November 2021.
On the evening of 9 November 2021, President Macron delivered his first broadcast to the nation since 12th July. Much of the broadcast covered issues related to government intentions going forward and may be seen in the context of next year’s Presidential election.

In direct relation to COVID 19, President Macron said that although the Covid-19 epidemic is considered to be under control in France, the virus has not disappeared and we are not yet finished with it.

He stressed that continuing effort is still necessary in the vaccination campaign. He appealed to the 6 million French adults who have not yet received a dose of the vaccine to do so, pointing out that someone who has been vaccinated is eleven times less likely to be hospitalised if infected by the virus.

Studies have shown that six months after the second dose of the vaccine, the level of immunity is lower and hence the risk of developing a severe form of the illness is higher. Consequently the third (booster) dose will soon be integrated into the Pass Sanitaire for those over the age of 65.

From 15th December 2021, those over 65 will need to show a certificate for the 3rd dose in order prolong the validity of their Pass Sanitaire.

In addition, the lowering of the level of immunity after 6 months also applies to those under 65. The President noted that 80% of those infected and needing intensive care are over the age of 50.

A new health publicity campaign will start at the beginning of December for those between 50-64 with the aim of persuading this section of the population to received their third dose and be certified by the end of 2021.

More details will follow when they are known.

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

CSF-L continues to support English speakers touched by cancer in 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.