A total of 1.6 million booster doses have been administered to date, according to the Department of Health.
The vaccine booster campaign is being deployed, but it must go further, judges the executive. This Tuesday, during a press point, the Ministry of Health provided some data on the booster doses. As of October 12, a month and a half after the start of the campaign, 1.6 million doses had been administered. “The French recall campaign appears to be more dynamic than that of other countries“, Especially Europeans, we congratulated ourselves.
In detail, 47% of people aged 80 and over living neither in nursing homes nor in long-term care units (USLD) received a booster dose. This proportion is 50% among residents of nursing homes and USLDs, and 44% for eligible people aged 65 to 79 who do not live in one of these establishments. Over a million booster doses have been administered in vaccination centers. City medicine has injected 370,000 doses, of which 55% by pharmacists and 38% by doctors.
“Booster doses ramp up“, Noted the Ministry of Health, judging the figures”rather encouraging“. The pace will have to be maintained, however, we added, and “operationsWill be set in motion to support demand.
An extension to the entire population “probably necessary“
As a reminder, the booster dose is now open to people aged 65 and over, regardless of their situation, as well as to younger people with co-morbidities. It is given six months after the last injection, or four weeks, if the person has received a dose of Janssen vaccine. “All caregivers will be affected by the booster dose, such as relatives of immunocompromised people“, Olivier Véran announced last week, following the publication of an opinion from the High Authority for Health (HAS) on the subject.
On Doctolib, making an appointment for a booster dose is increasing as the eligible population becomes more numerous. On average over seven days, as of October 11, 40,300 appointments for a reminder were made each day. For the time being, the recall campaign is not open to the entire population. The data known to date are not conclusive, believe the health authorities, but this situation could soon change: “a booster dose will likely become necessary over the next few months», Warned the HAS last week.