COVID-19 Vendée

As Europe bobs precariously on the next wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and several countries have instated new partial lockdown protocols, it was reported on France 24 that Valneva, a French vaccine company, announced approval from the European Commission for a deal to supply up to 60 million doses of its potential Covid-19 vaccine, VLA2001. Once this new vaccine is proven to be safe and effective by the European Medicines Agency, it will be released. VLA2001 was developed using traditional methods, and is more effective than AZ (Astra Zenica) with many fewer side effects. The Omicron variant has been detected in Vendée. According to media reports, the variant was detected in a person returning from South Africa.

In France, the following implementations were announced by President Macron (9/11/2021):

  • from December 15th, people over 65 years old will need to show proof of having received the vaccine booster shot, this to continue to be allowed access to restaurants, cultural events and train travel via the Covid Health Pass.
  • the use of the Covid Health Pass has been extended through July 2022

Further announcements made as of 29/11/2021

  • The vaccine booster is open to all people 18 years of age and over from five months after the last injection or the last Covid-19 infection, as of Saturday, November 27, 2021
  • Only PCR and antigenic tests dated less than 24 hours will be constitutive proof of the “sanitary pass”.
  • Wearing a mask is mandatory indoors in all establishments open to the public from November 29, 2021.
  • Ventilate each room for 10 minutes per hour.
  • The rule of closing the class for a period of 7 days from the first positive case no longer applies to primary school since the week of November 29: students presenting a negative test within 24 hours can continue to go to school.
  • Middle school students from the 6th year onwards who have a complete vaccination schedule can continue face-to-face lessons. Unvaccinated students should take their lessons from home during the isolation period.

(inthevendee.com last update 30-11-2021)

Per the French diplomacy website the rules for travel to and from France "depend on the country from which or to which you wish to travel, the reason for which you are travelling and your vaccination status." For info on international travel restrictions for foreigners outside the European Union, including the United Kingdom, we have included links to official sources below in the INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL section of this article. Please get your information only from official government sources. A toll-free hotline service (French only) can answer your questions about the Coronavirus COVID-19 non-stop, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 0 800 130 000 (from abroad: +33 800 130 000, depending on your operator).

Countries/territories

As of December 4, 2021, any person 12 years of age and older entering French territory must present a negative PCR or antigen test of less than 24 or 48 hours, depending on the country of origin. The only exception is persons with a full vaccination schedule arriving from a European Union member state, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Saint-Siège or Switzerland.

In addition, to cope with the spread of the Omicron variant, the classification of countries, determined on the basis of health indicators, has been changed, with the addition of a "scarlet" country classification.

*Green countries (countries and territories where no active circulation of the virus has been observed and no variant of concern has been identified): These are the countries of the European Union, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Taiwan, the Union of Comoros, the United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vanuatu.

*Orange countries (where an active circulation of the virus is observed in controlled proportions, without the spread of variants of concern): These are all countries not included in the lists of "green" and "red" countries.

*Red countries (an active virus circulation was observed with the presence of variants of concern): Afghanistan, Belarus, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia, Suriname, Turkey and Ukraine.

*Scarlet countries (particularly active circulation of the virus and/or discovery of a variant that may pose a risk of increased transmissibility or immune escape): Botswana, Eswatini, Mauritius, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

  • CURRENT MEASURES IN FRANCE: "Restrictions are in force in metropolitan France. While you are in France you will need to present a health pass for access to certain events and places." Courtesy of French Government (last updated 29/10/2021)

Source : FAQ information for foreign nationals wishing to enter France or already in France, who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check the source link for frequent updates by the French Government.

inthevendee.com last update 06-12-2021

Vendée department situation [STATISTICS UPDATES ON MONDAYS ONLY]:
  • Corona virus statistics in Vendée - Situation report from 3 Dec - TO DATE (source Pays de la Loire Health department)
    • 56 337 (+2089 since Nov 26th) total confirmed cases since May 2020 according to the last available report
    • 56 current hospitalizations
    • 11 currently in intensive care
    • 1 931 total released from hospital
    • 340 people have died so far (+ 3 from Nov 26th)
  • The Pays de la Loire region has activated a new telephone number (toll-free) 0 800 100 200 and email address actioneco-coronavirus@paysdelaloire.fr
  • Info Pass Sanitaire Vendée prefecture
  • Please check prefecture and/or mairie websites for local updates
Situation in France

Find the updated situation report for France. Total cases" 7 538 806  with cumulated deaths 116,847 Questions about the vaccine? Check this comprehensive article from France24 here  Vaccinations administered as of 30th November 2021 - AM:
* at least 1 dose: 51,884,463
* 2nd dose 50,807,512
* 3rd dose 9,246,050

Situation worldwide

Worldwide, there are 263,563,622 (3 December 2021 - AM) with 5,232,562 reported deaths.
Vaccines doses administered: 7,864,123,038 (data as of 3 Dec 2021)

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL TO FRANCE

Per the French diplomacy website "The rules for travel to and from France depend on the country from which or to which you wish to travel, the reason for which you are travelling and your vaccination status." FOR ALL IMPORTANT INFORMATION, RULES AND REGULATIONS WHETHER YOU ARE VACCINATED OR NOT VACCINATED, COME FROM A RED ZONE OR ORANGE ZONE etc. GO HERE TO THE Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

France is open to tourism from June 9th - please check here for the latest updates, announcements, and restrictions.
**Covid-19 travel between UK and FRANCE - all info here
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Covid-19 travel between US and FRANCE - check US Embassy and Consulates in France
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Covid-19 travel between CANADA and FRANCE - embassy advisory info
** Covid-19 travel between AUSTRALIA and FRANCE - Australian embassy in France
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Covid-19 travel between SOUTH-AFRICA and FRANCE -info embassyandlatest news 4/6/2021
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Covid-19 travel between PORTUGAL and FRANCE embassy info
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Covid-19 travel between NETHERLANDS and FRANCE -  travel advisory from the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands
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Covid-19 travel between BELGIUM and FRANCE - FOD Foreign Affairs. Form to return to Belgium here
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Covid-19 travel between GERMANY and FRANCE - embassy advisory
**Please practice sanitary measures TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS
    1. the use of face-masks is mandatory in gas/petrol stations on the main auto routes, in villages/cities, and in shops.      
    2. social distancing, frequent handwashing with soap, and
disinfecting
    3. maximum of six (6) people per table
    4. symptoms? contact a doctor immediately, or go to a test center, and quarantine for 10 days; difficulty breathing call  #15 or text #114 (speech and hearing impaired)
    5. Covid-19 test locations in the Vendée

GOVERNMENT MEASURES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

Protection
Science shows that the wearing of masks is preferable for slowing the spread of the disease. Having masks available for employees will be a requirement of reopening. It will be required to wear masks in public as well, and anywhere social distancing is not possible. The vulnerable will receive masks distributed by the post office or through associations. Pharmacies will sell both disposable and washable masks. Social distancing, rigorous hygiene, and discipline remain necessary. 

Testing
Everybody displaying symptoms will be tested

Isolation is a civic duty
Controls will be put in place for those who test positive but the Prime Minister pleaded to the French public and residents to adhere to government guidelines as follows:

  • to ensure self-isolation (this can happen at home with the entire family) OR in requisitioned hotels to self-isolate away from the family
  • to work with the entities like doctors, nurses, or a special task force that will follow up to ensure testing of all people the person who tested positive was in contact with
  • The app to track the disease raises legitimate questions of privacy and security but it is available form June 2nd. It is NOT mandatory to participate
What is the Coronavirus?

In humans, coronaviruses cause mild forms of respiratory tract infections, but strains like SARSMERS, and COVID-19 can be deadly. Symptoms include fever and breathing issues. For now, there are no announcements of vaccines or medication that can either prevent or treat the virus. It is said that the illness feels less severe or painful than the common flu. Patients with a compromised immune system, people over 80 years old and people with heart issues are particularly at risk to contract the virus.

Where does the name come from?

According to Wikipedia: "the name is derived from the Latin corona, meaning "crown" or "halo", which refers to the characteristic appearance of the virus particles (virions): they have a fringe reminiscent of a crown or of a solar corona."

What are the symptoms?

Please consult the World Health Organisation's Q & A page  for all of your questions, concerns and the very latest updates. Symptoms include fatigue, fever, loss of sense of taste and smell, and dry cough. People with high blood pressure, diabetes or heart issues are at higher risk. The incubation period is 1-14 days, but five days seems to be the most common.

    What to do in case of symptoms?
    • The government of France has activated a 24/7 toll-free number for your questions about the Coronavirus COVID-19 : 0 800 130 000. (not to be used for medical advice)
    • If you present signs of respiratory infections within 14 days of your return from China (mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao), Singapore, South Korea, Iran or the Lombardy and Veneto regions of Italy, please dial the number 15 on your telephone
    • If you are on holiday and suspect the illness, please contact your local embassy or consulate.

      ALERT!

      Through its website, the World Health Organization or WHO reports that a scam has been started regarding the coronavirus. They report that:

      "Criminals disguise themselves as WHO to steal money or sensitive information." 
      Criminals appear to contact us via email, websites, telephone, mobile phone, and also via fax.

      Read the WHO message. It provides information on how to avoid "phishing" (as it is called in cyber-security jargon).

      Should it happen to you in this case, you can report it here.  Contact WHO and/ or Report a scam.

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      From 11th March WHO have deemed the virus a pandemic. You can find an up-to-date global map here. Please follow virus protocols as described in the above pamphlet provided by the government. Expect further announcements and monitor reputable news sources such as France24 (English) for up-to-date information. This article is updated frequently, so do check back and DO
      stay healthy everybody!

      Sources: Linternaute, WHO, Gouvernement.fr, wikipedia, cdc.gov, Vendee Gouvernement and France24English, ARS Pays de la Loire

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