Macron Gives Nation Covid Update: 'We are not done with the pandemic.'

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Macron Gives Nation Covid Update: 'We are not done with the pandemic.'

From early December, 50-to 64-year-olds will be eligible for a third vaccination dose while from December 15, the health pass for over 65s will only be valid if they have already had three shots.

“More than 80% of people in intensive care are over 50 years old, which is why a recall campaign will be launched from the beginning of December for our compatriots, aged 50 to 64,” French president Emmanuel Macron said in a televised address to the nation Tuesday at 8 pm. “Six months after the vaccine, immunity decreases and therefore the risk of developing a serious form increases again.”

The president pointed out that over 51 million French people have been completely vaccinated making France one of most vaccinated countries in the world but six million people have still not had one shot. Those who are not vaccinated “are 11 times more likely to be in hospital.” As Covid in Europe enters its fifth wave, Macron stated that masks will continue to be worn at school and social distancing must be respected.

The president also commented that state-guaranteed loans, set up to help businesses during the health crisis, will be extended until June 2022 but he did not outline pension reforms as he was expected to do. He also added that the unemployment rate is at its lowest in 15 years.

In Monaco, it was announced today that anyone 18 and over is now eligible for a third vaccination by appointment on on +377 92 05 55 00 or online at https://vaccination-covid19.gouv.mc

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Nancy Heslin is an established journalist and lifestyle writer. She has been the Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Monaco magazine (bimonthly in English) , since the magazine's 2nd issue . Launched in November 2018, Forbes Monaco is part of the Forbes family, with its 7 million readers and 71 million monthly website visitors worldwide.