French and Riviera News Wednesday 12th January 2022

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Health pass deactivated – It's has been estimated by the French government that up to 800,000 people who have not had their covid booster vaccine are at risk of having their health pass deactivated this Saturday January 15th. The deadline was set in November by the government, according to the Ministry of Health. The booster vaccine was made available to all adults at the end of November as the government announced that it would be necessary to extend the health pass (which will soon be replaced by a vaccine pass). In the absence of the booster or a recovery certificate, the pass can be deactivated from the 15th of January. The pass will be deactivated for those who have not had a booster dose at most 7 months after the last injection. For those over 65 and people with underlying health conditions, who had access to the booster as early as September, that deadline was December 15th.

Vaccination for children - According to data from Public Health France, the vaccination for children aged 5 to 11 years old in the Alpes Maritimes has failed to take off, with only 359 children getting the jab since it was made available to this age group in France on December 22nd.

Regional Health Agency update - Meanwhile in the update on the health situation for our region, given on Tuesday 11th January by the Regional Health Agency the organisation evoked an unprecedented "level of viral circulation". A situation partly explained due to the Omicron variant, which now represents a majority of covid cases in the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur. The agency is particularly concerned about the high positivity rate of PCR or antigenic tests saying that at present more than 18% of the tests carried out return positive. Latest hospital figures show that 379 covid patients are currently hospitalized in the Alpes-Maritimes and 421 in the Var.

Daily covid infections breaks new record in France - France broke a new record of daily covid infections on Tuesday with 368,149 new cases detected in 24 hours. Hospital pressure also continues to worsen with 23,371 patients currently hospitalized due to covid.

Two deaths from covid declared in Monaco - In Monaco two deaths from covid were reported on Tuesday evening. Both were residents of the Principality aged 91 and 100. The Princely government has expressed its condolences and support to the families concerned. Since the beginning of the epidemic 44 residents have died from covid in Monaco. Tuesday saw a further 78 new cases declared bringing the total number of people affected to 6,165. Thirty-four people are currently in hospital and 239 are being followed by the Home Monitoring centre.