France is in turn caught up by the Covid-19 epidemic. The “Fifth wave is here”, warned, Wednesday, November 17, the spokesperson of the government, Gabriel Attal, during the report of the Council of Ministers. To stem this new epidemic wave, the government is still betting on vaccination and plans to call again on the vaccination centers, which had closed at the end of the summer after six months of a mass vaccination campaign.
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“With the increase in injections linked to the vaccination booster, today for those over 65 and tomorrow for those over 50, it may lead to vaccination centers that had closed. – or who had reduced the sails – to resume an activity “, said, Thursday, November 18, Mr. Attal on LCI, asked about a possible reopening of “Vaccinodromes” in the next weeks. Vaccination centers “Have shown all their effectiveness, they are identified”, and “The French know them, they know where to go”, he pleaded.
People over 65 and those suffering from co-morbidities can have a reminder for several weeks, otherwise they will have their health pass deactivated, “Six months and five weeks” after the previous injection, from December 15. For 50-64 year olds, the recall campaign will be open from the beginning of December.
“At the level of each territory and local communities, mayors also know what the needs of their population are, whether there is a need to strengthen a vaccination center or to reopen it”, insisted Mr. Attal. Corn “There are other ways to access the vaccination and the booster”, “At his doctor’s, in pharmacy”, also recalled the spokesperson of the government.
Near “5 million French people have recalled” to date, for an eligible audience of 7.7 million people, said Mr Attal. “It puts us above most of our European neighbors, but it’s still too little”, he ruled, as France faces a fifth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
An epidemic rebound
For two weeks, the number of contaminations has increased very rapidly, in the order of 40% to 50% per week. The incidence rate, which measures the number of Covid cases per 100,000 inhabitants, is now over 100 across the country. France has recorded more than 20,000 contaminations (20,294 new cases) by the coronavirus in twenty-four hours for the first time since August 25, data published Wednesday by Public Health France (SPF) show.
The number of hospitalized Covid-19 patients increased by more than 10% from last week for the second day in a row, to 7,663, and the number of intensive care patients rose to 1,300, or the third day of double-digit increase in a week.