France announces COVID-19 booster shots for all adults – media

A medical worker talks to a patient at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination center in Ancenis-Saint-Gereon, France, Nov. 17, 2021. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

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PARIS, Nov 24 (Reuters) – France is expected to announce that COVID-19 booster shots will be made available to all adults, as well as stricter rules on wearing face masks and stricter health pass checks to contain another wave of infections, French media reported.

Health Minister Olivier Veran will hold a press conference on Thursday at noon.

President Emmanuel Macron’s government said on Wednesday it would focus on stricter social distancing rules and a faster booster-shot program and that it wanted to avoid the lockdowns being imposed again by some other European countries.

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BFM TV and daily Le Figaro were among the local media outlets detailing the government’s strategy to fight the rapidly spreading new wave of infections.

The delay between full vaccination and a booster shot would be reduced to five out of six months and PCR tests for unvaccinated people will be valid for just one day, BFM and Le Figaro said.

Booster shots are gradually becoming a requirement for a valid health pass, which is required in France to enter restaurants, cafes, cinemas and museums and other public locations.

Health Ministry officials were not immediately available for comment.

France reported 32,591 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, while the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care was approaching the 1,500 threshold.

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Reporting by Richard Lough Editing by Marguerita Choy

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