Covid-19: a vaccine booster to protect the most vulnerable

Covid-19: a vaccine booster to protect the most vulnerable

2023-10-02 09:00:00

The government finally brought forward the deadline in the face of the epidemic resumption, driven by variants more resistant to vaccines thanks to numerous mutations in the spike protein. The Sentinels network notes around 95 cases per 100,000 inhabitants for the week of September 18 to 24.

The situation arouses even more vigilance from health authorities as the country is currently experiencing a triple epidemic, with numerous cases of bronchiolitis and flu at the start of autumn.

The vaccination campaign, which starts this Monday, October 2, primarily targets over 65s, vulnerable people with comorbidities, caregivers in their contact, pregnant women, and nursing home residents.

The executive’s strategy is clear: limit the circulation of the virus as winter approaches, a period favorable to greater circulation of Covid. By targeting the most vulnerable people, health authorities hope to limit serious infections, which could lead to overcrowding of emergency services.

However, it is possible for others to qualify provided they have a minimum period of six months since the last injection or infection.

According to the latest figures communicated by the Ministry of Health, more than 80% of French people, or more than 54 million people, have received at least one dose of vaccine against Covid since the start of the epidemic. However, only a little more than 10 million have received the two booster doses

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