Anti-Covid vaccination, who can receive a second booster dose?

FRED TANNEAU / AFP While Covid contamination is increasing again these days, the government is stepping up its updates on the public who will receive a new dose of the coronavirus vaccine (illustrative photo taken in Garlan, in Finistère, in May 2021).


While Covid contamination is increasing again these days, the government is stepping up its updates on the public who will receive a new dose of the coronavirus vaccine (illustrative photo taken in Garlan, in Finistère, in May 2021).

CORONAVIRUS – ” A young person without comorbidity who regularly sees relatives in the target is eligible. As Covid-19 pollution rises again in these first days of December, a note from the Directorate-General for Health published on November 21 is making headlines. And for good reason: while the authorities are primarily inviting frail people – and in particular those over 60 – to receive a new dose of vaccine, the public who can claim it is actually much larger.

This Thursday, December 1, on BFMTV, government spokesman and former health minister Olivier Véran asked the elderly and sick French to be vaccinated again with a booster dose. All before lamenting that in full epidemic recovery, ” only 20% “of the French concerned are” up to date » vaccinations. ” It will take you 5 minutes and it will protect you, it will limit the risk of complications and hospitalization “Added the government spokesman, again regretting that the campaign for the second recall is still progressing.

The indicators are rising sharply

Because it must be said that the indicators are eloquent. That same Thursday, January 1, according to data communicated by Public Health France, there were almost 70,000 new Covid contaminations in France in 24 hours, an increase of more than 35% compared to the previous week.

But for now, per 30 November, only 60.2% of the population has received a complete vaccination program (i.e. two doses) as well as a booster dose. At the opposite end of the spectrum, almost 20% of the French have still not received the minimum anti-Covid dose.

Furthermore, while the Omicron variant and its sub-variants now represent the vast majority of contaminations in the country, Public Health France still lamented in its weekly update of the week that ” only 7.2% of people aged 60-79 and 9.4% of people aged 80 and over “have” received an appropriate reminder to Omicron. This led the agency to conclude: In this context, boosting vaccination is essential, especially with a bivalent vaccine booster (against the original strain and the Omicron variant). That is, in France, the new Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

A large part of the population is entitled to a booster

Option to return to the deposit guarantee scheme’s memorandum. Because faced with this resurgence of the epidemic, which coincides with the drop in temperatures, the drop in barrier movements and the impending arrival of the end of the year and thus large family gatherings, it is important to note that a great many French people can actually be vaccinated. And this since October 3 and the launch of the latest campaign, with vaccines specifically designed to fight Omicron.

As the document signed by Professor Jérôme Salomon, head of the DGS, and Bernard Celli, who heads Special Unit dedicated to vaccination, many population categories are eligible to receive a second booster dose. Are concerned: residents of nursing homes and long-term care units of all ages, French people aged 60 and over, immunocompromised people, pregnant women, people suffering from comorbidities, healthcare professionals and ” people living with or in regular contact with immunocompromised or vulnerable people “. With a significant clarification from the Ministry of Health: ” If someone presents without being part of the target, it is up to the healthcare staff to assess whether they should be vaccinated or not. »

It is clear that as Christmas and New Year approach, a large part of the population who could be brought into contact with elderly and/or vulnerable people in the long term have the opportunity to request a first, second or even third dose. . All you have to do is meet the applicable deadlines. Namely three months since the last viral infection or last injection for people over 80, and six months for everyone else since the last injection or three months since a Covid infection.

Finally, it should be noted that French people who want to optimize their level of protection before the holidays do not delay making an appointment at a pharmacy, with a city doctor or at a vaccination center. Because the peak of protection occurs about ten days after receiving the dose. To be protected this Christmas, the race is on.

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