French and Riviera News Monday 3rd October 2022

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Changes in October - Several changes came into effect over the weekend. As with the 1st of every month in France October 1st marked an increase in the value of restaurant vouchers, the planned flu vaccination campaign from October 18th, deadlines to remember include October 17th for the property tax and there will be no MOT for motorcycles and mopeds. Finally at part of the fight against animal abuse a “certificate of commitment” will be introduced for all pets acquired from October 1st.

Official launch of covid vaccination campaign today in France - As part of a new covid vaccination campaign, officially launched in France today Monday, October 3rd the new Pfizer and Moderna vaccines against the Omicron variant will be administered. The campaign comes in an attempt to stem the eighth wave of covid which has affected France since the end of August. The High Authority for Health recommends administering booster doses of new vaccines as a priority to fragile people. New vaccines can only be given as a booster dose, not for a first vaccination. Other conditions are required: for people aged 80 and over, residents of nursing homes and long-term care, and those with a weakened immune system, you must not have been vaccinated or have had covid during the last three months. For all others, the deadline is six months after the last vaccine and three months after a covid infection.

Car hits bus shelter three people injured - One person has been seriously injured and two other were slightly hurt after their vehicle hit a bus shelter in the La Seyne, on Sunday afternoon. The incident occurred on the Avenue de Général de Gaulle. Three people were in the vehicle at the time of the accident. Traffic was disrupted while emergency services intervened. The cause of the accident remains to be determined.

Hiker airlifted to hospital - A 66-year-old has been airlifted to hospital following a fall while out hiking in the forest in Thoronet in the Var. Emergency services arrived on the scene shortly after 1pm on Sunday and the individual was taken to a nearby hospital.

Apartment fire in Marseille - A man in his sixties has been seriously burnt in an apartment fire in the 15th arrondissement of Marseille. A fire broke out on the 9th floor of a building in the Viste district, at around 12:30pm on Sunday October 2nd. About thirty firefighters intervened. They managed to quickly bring the fire under control. The origins of the blaze are unknown.

Roadworks – Motorists are reminded that road works are to begin today Monday 3rd