Shopping malls, 3rd dose of vaccine, termination of reimbursement of tests: here are new executive decisions
06:58 – 12 August 2021
Over-the-counter Covid tests will no longer be refunded from mid-October. – Shutterstock
A health council took place around Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday morning. Several decisions have been made to try to counter the sharp rise in infection and disease rates in France and to stimulate vaccination of the population.
In France, a new turn of the sanitary screw is expected to counter the spread of the coronavirus. The government announced several measures on Wednesday following a meeting of the Defense Council.
The third dose of the vaccine will be introduced in mid-September for the most vulnerable people and people over 80 years old. A list of affected populations will be drawn up by the Supreme Health Authority. Appointments will begin at the end of August.
As announced, from mid-October, PCR tests will no longer be reimbursed, unless they are prescribed by a doctor. “Testing doesn’t protect” and “getting tested every day. This is not a satisfactory strategy for a government to push for vaccinations. It remains to be seen what the cost of these tests will be.
In departments where the incidence rate exceeds 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, a medical passport is now compulsory in all shopping centers with an area of more than 20,000 m2. Until then, the decision to enforce this law was made by the prefects. Currently, the measure concerns 38 departments. The Nord and Pas-de-Calais shopping centers are currently not worried about this new use of the pass, as the incidence rates are 158 and 92 cases per 100,000 residents respectively.