Flu and Covid-19 vaccination rates are “insufficient“As the Christmas holidays approach, alerts the Ministry of Health on Tuesday.
Flu and Covid-19 vaccination rates are “insufficient“with the approach of the Christmas holidays, where many population mixes will take place, and against a backdrop of deteriorating epidemic indicators, alerted the Ministry of Health on Tuesday, November 29.
“There are three weeks of mobilization left before Christmas, it is now that it is played“Said the Ministry of Health and Prevention during a press briefing. Vaccination levels today are notnot enough“, he estimated.
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2 million booster injections against COVID-19
On Monday, 2 million people had received a booster shot against Covid-19 since the launch of the booster campaign on October 3, with bivalent vaccines. Among them, 1.8 million people have been injected with such vaccines, which target the original strain and the Omicron strain of Covid.
By age group, 9.4% of people aged 80 and over received a dose of bivalent vaccines, as well as 7.2% of people aged 60-79. According to the ministry, only 21% of people aged 80 and over and 37% of people aged 60-79 are today “sufficiently protected by the vaccine or a previous infection“.
Regarding the flu, whose vaccination campaign began on October 18, the figures are down 13% compared to last year, with 5 million vaccines reimbursed by health insurance as of November 20.
“We have a very significant margin of progress“, underlined the Ministry of Health, launching a message of”total mobilization» to all people targeted for vaccination: the over 60s, the immunocompromised, their relatives and healthcare professionals.
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Resurgence of Covid
People aged 60 whose last infection or dose was more than 6 months ago — three months for those over 80 — “can and should have a 5th dose“, insisted the ministry.
“This is crucial to guarantee the protection of the most vulnerable, in a context of the resurgence of Covid, and the appearance of the flu epidemic.“, he summarized.