CORONAVIRUS – Countdown started. About 400,000 people aged 65 and over who have not had their coronavirus vaccination booster only have this Tuesday, December 14 to take their third dose before their health pass is deactivated.
About 8.5 million French people aged 65 and over, vaccinated for more than seven months, were eligible as of September for the booster dose. They had until December 15 to receive it, otherwise their health pass will no longer be valid. According to information from franceinfo and RMC, they are about 400,000 to risk losing it, for lack of having followed the instructions.
The health pass is reactivated as soon as this booster dose is injected, unlike the second dose which requires a week’s delay.
According to figures from Public Health France on Monday, December 13, 15,075,266 people have received a booster dose since the campaign was launched in September.
Of the overall vaccination, 77.6% of the population received at least one dose, or 52,314,119 people.
No dose shortages and enough time slots
Since the recall is open to everyone, finding a place on time can be difficult. Asked on this point, Gabriel Attal recalled this Tuesday on franceinfo that the vaccination for seniors had been opened in September.
“We set a rule two weeks ago which allows people over 65 to be able to access vaccination centers to receive a skip-the-line reminder,” added the government spokesperson. “In the majority of centers”, the device works, he assured.
As for concerns about a possible lack of doses, the Deputy Minister for Industry Agnès Pannier-Runacher was reassuring on Tuesday.
“We have 27 million doses in stock. In January and February we will have deliveries of 15 million doses per month. And within the European framework, I made sure that we had orders for 67 million doses in 2022 and 2023. (…) This means that, whatever happens, we have the capacity to vaccinate French, ”she told Sud-Radio.
“Laboratories such as (Franco-Austro-Swedish) Valneva and (French) Sanofi are reaching the end of their clinical studies, and will provide additional capacity to vaccinate. So we don’t have a problem with the number of doses today. The production lines that we put in place last year are working very well, ”she added.
On December 1, the Minister of Health Olivier Véran had judged “normal the traffic jam effect” after the announcements of Olivier Macron. He assured that there was “no logistical difficulty” likely to prevent the smooth running of the recall campaign, which aims at a “firewall effect” against the fifth wave of the epidemic.
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