Senate Votes For Vaccine Pass, Avoid ER In Monaco

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Senate Votes For Vaccine Pass, Avoid ER In Monaco

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Early this morning, the French Senate voted 249 against 63 in favor of the bill for the Vaccination Pass.

Members of the upper house made several changes to the text of the bill, including striking down measures that would have allowed restaurant and bar owners to check customer IDs. The Vaccination Pass can only be implemented when hospitalizations linked to Covid reach 10,000 patients nationally. If numbers fall below this threshold, the Vaccination Pass will be rendered unnecessary except in departments where the rate of complete vaccination is less than 80% of the population or the incidence rate is high.

The Vaccination Pass, which applies to anyone 18 and over, is expected to replace the Health Pass from early next week. There are currently 23,880 Covid patients in hospital with nearly 4,000 in ICU in France.

In Monaco, there are 23 people, including 12 residents, with Covid at Princess Grace Hospital (CHPG) and five patients (including one resident) in ICU.

The government is urging those with mild Covid symptoms (fever, fatigue, headache, cough, sore throat, body aches, respiratory discomfort, loss of smell, etc.) to avoid going to Emergency at CHPG. They are asking people instead to contact the Covid Call Center center on +377 92 05 55 00, operating daily from 8 am to 8 pm, where it will be determined whether a PCR test is required. However, should symptoms worsen (troubles breathing, short of breath), call the fire department on 18 or 112.

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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.