Covid-19 Bulletin no. 54 – Further Announcement 17th December

Welcome to our fifty-fourth bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic.

Following the meeting of the Conseil de Defence Sanitaire on 17th December 2021, the French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, made the following announcements:

Pass Sanitaire will become a vaccination pass. This vaccination pass will only work on the basis of a complete vaccination schedule and no longer on the basis of a simple negative test as is currently the case. This new law will be put before parliament at the beginning of January.

Booster shots after 4 months. The third dose of vaccine will now be available 4 months after the second dose, shortened from 5 months currently.

Overtime pay to be doubled in hospitals from Monday (20 December). M. Castex said: “We owe them a lot. First of all, we owe them our gratitude for their commitment during the holidays, as they will continue to be on the bridge without respite. In this respect, the remuneration for overtime at the hospital will be doubled as of next Monday.”

No unauthorised gatherings on New Year’s Eve. For the evening of 31 December and the New Year festivities, departmental prefects will prohibit unauthorised gatherings and the consumption of alcohol on the public highway and will invite municipalities to refrain from organising gatherings on the public highway, particularly fireworks or concerts.

NOTE:  Amendment to Bulletin 53 – travel from the UK to France.
French nationals and those legally resident in France will not need a compelling reason to travel to France. All other visitors will need a compelling reason. The full list of acceptable compelling reasons (in French) can be found here :

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).
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We hope you stay safe and well.