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Navigo pass holders in Paris region to get €100 refund

Navigo pass holders in the Île-de-France region can claim back €100 for their travel pass, it has been announced.

Navigo pass holders in Paris region to get €100 refund
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With the vast majority of people in the capital confined to their homes, refunds will be available for anyone who has bought an annual Navigo pass or bought a monthly pass for April or May, it has been announced.

Valérie Pécresse, head of Île-de-France Mobilities, has announced that refunds of €75 for an April pass and €25 for a May pass will be available.

The refund is not automatic – Navigo pass holders will have to apply online in a process similar to the one that reimbursed thousands of people after the transport strikes in December.

The online portal is now live here.

The refund is also available to all monthly or annual pass holders – even those who have still been travelling during the lockdown.

Anyone who is still using their pass is an essential worker, so extending the refund to them too is “a sign of gratitude to all those who continue to travel at the moment, and who carry out the essential functions of our country,” she told Le Parisien.

The refund is not open to people with a weekly pass.

 

 

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Reader Question: Can I get a third Covid booster shot in France?

As France launches its autumn vaccine campaign, almost half of those eligible for the second booster jab in France have already received it. This has left some wondering whether they could qualify for a third booster, using the new dual-strain vaccines.

Reader Question: Can I get a third Covid booster shot in France?

Question: I’m in my 70s and I had my second booster back in the summer but now I see that the new dual-strain vaccines are available – should I be getting an extra booster with the new type of vaccine?

French health authorities launched the autumn booster campaign on October 3rd includes newly authorised dual-strain vaccines – such as the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine adapted to BA.1, the Moderna vaccine adapted to BA.1, and the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine adapted to BA.4/5 – which are designed to combat the Omicron variant.

It will be followed by the seasonal flu vaccination campaign in mid October.

READ MORE: When, where and how to get flu shots and Covid boosters this autumn in France

In France, about 6.3 million people have received a second booster dose, “or 41 percent of the eligible population,” said the Directorate General of Health (DGS) to Ouest France.

Currently only those in high risk groups are eligible for a second booster shot, including pregnant women, the elderly those with medical conditions or carers – find the full list here.

As almost half of the eligible population have already received a fourth vaccine, many are wondering whether they will be eligible for a fifth (or third booster) in order to access the new dual-strain vaccine.  

According to Virginie, a representative from HAS – France’s health authority – the organisation “no longer thinks in terms of doses for high-risk people and immunocompromised patients.”

Specifically, the HAS recommends that a new injection be given – and if possible one of the dual-strain vaccines – “regardless of the number of injections received up to now”.

READ MORE: EXPLAINED: Who qualifies for a second Covid vaccine booster in France?

However, French health authorities specified that the additional booster should “respect the minimum recommended time between two doses.”

“This depends based on your profile – for people aged 80 and over, residents of nursing homes or long-term care units (USLD) and those who are immunocompromised, the wait-time is three months between jabs. For the others, the delay is set at six months.”

For those who have already been infected by Covid-19, the HAS recommends that if you are eligible for a second (or third booster) that the additional dose “is still recommended, with a minimum delay of three months after infection.”

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