As Covid cases peak in France and Italy, Monaco is also seeing the number of daily infections rise. The current incidence rate is 748 per 100,000 (for the seven days ending July 3) compared to 148 a month ago.
With summer holidays approaching, health authorities in Monaco are “strongly encouraging” residents over 60 and people at high risk of developing a serious illness from Covid to get a 4th dose—what they refer to as a “second booster”—of either the messenger RNA vaccine (Pfizer) or the Novavax vaccine, which contains a protein (made using moth cells) plus an adjuvant (made from tree bark). Vaccinations are free and voluntary with appointments made through the National Vaccination Center on +377 92 05 55 00.
The government is not bringing back the mandatory mask rule but is strongly advising that people, especially the vulnerable, wear a mask in crowded places and on public transport. Anyone showing symptoms or coming in contact with a Covid positive person should get tested and, if necessary, isolate to prevent further contaminations.
And the return of la bise has been short lived with a reminder to respect barrier gestures, including greeting one another without shaking hands or hugging. Additionally, wash your hands regularly or disinfect them with a hydroalcoholic product, avoid touching your face and ventilate rooms as frequently as possible.