COVID-19: Is it too late to vaccinate again before Christmas?

COVID-19: Is it too late to vaccinate again before Christmas?

Giving a dose of Pfizer’s bivalent Covid-19 vaccine to a patient at a vaccination center in Nice on December 7, 2022. Eric Gillard/Reuters

concentration- With the holiday season just around the corner, the fourth dose recall campaign is in full swing. Time is running out for those who want to be fully protected before December 25th.

Christmas is fast approaching. At the same time, the ninth wave of Covid-19 continues to advance: the number of new infections, on average eased over one week, increased by 11.5% between December 5 and 12. As the year-end festivities approach, the question of a booster potion comes up. “To be fully protected for Christmas is now. It will be too late in two to three days»And the confirms Pierre-Olivier Variot, President of the Union of Community Pharmacists (USPO).

Concretely, the booster vaccine reaches optimal efficacy within two weeks after injection. A week ago, the first signs of protection appeared. adds Philippe Pesset, president of the Federation of Pharmaceutical Syndicates in France (FSPF). So it is now or never». However, Philippe Bisset recognizes that the end-of-year festivities “Widely used in communication strategysurrounding vaccination. “It’s not just Christmas parties, I already have vaccination appointments for December 24th»And the acknowledge.

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On December 6, infectious disease specialist Anne-Claude Cremieux reminded me Figaro that “The vaccine does [prémunissait] Not an infection‘, but there is still a file High quality protection to avoid hospitalization.

An open reminder to all

On Tuesday 13 December, the government, in a letter sent to health professionals, formalized the opening of a booster dose against Covid-19 in “All the French who wish». This booster doseIt can be done as early as six months after your last injectionFrom three months toPeople over the age of 80, as well as residents of nursing homes and USLDs (long-term care units), and people who are immunocompromised, regardless of their age». A note confirming the words of the Minister of Health, François Brown, during his press conference on Friday, December 9th.

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Since the beginning of December, the vaccination reminder campaign has generally accelerated in France. Over the course of one week, the number of people vaccinated with an adapted booster with Omicron, which accounts for nearly all doses used today in pharmacies, multiplied by 1.6. From 2.3 in two weeks. “Obviously, this is due to the communication campaign and clarity of purpose»And the Philip Bisset explains. “There are also many people who want to get vaccinated for the holidays. To protect themselves and their loved onesAnalyzes by Pierre-Olivier Variot.

As a reminder, the rate that is eased over seven days makes it possible to compensate for the days when fewer vaccinations are done, such as Sundays, and thus get a better view of the vaccination rate.

At the same time, Philippe Bisset has noticed an increase in the number of tests being carried out in pharmacies. “I’m a bit afraid that I won’t be able to provide both tests and vaccines»And the feared.

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