Pyrenees Orientales: Too many vulnerable people ignore Covid vaccination, says regional health agency

Pyrenees Orientales: Too many vulnerable people ignore Covid vaccination, says regional health agency

Covid vaccination coverage for the elderly is currently lower in the Pyrenees Orientales than the national average. The regional health agency is once again encouraging the most vulnerable to get vaccinated before the onset of winter. Why how? We explain.

What is the vaccination level in the department?

73.2% of those over 80 had a 3e Anti-COVID vaccine dose in the Eastern Pyrenees vs. 78.6% nationwide. “The level of vaccination coverage for the oldest is insufficient, He points to the Departmental Administration of the ARS, which continues to recommend the dual drop vaccination, anti-Covid and talc against influenza. In Occitania, Covid-related pollution has accelerated in recent days, ARS notes, with an increase in the circulation of the virus, and hospitalizations up 19% in one week in the region. Added to this was the wave of bronchiolitis still raging, and the first cases of influenza to be recorded in the regional territory, even if Occitania was not at this time in the phase of an epidemic.

Who is the target of the fall campaign?

So the residents of the department are still in prevention mode. This is why ARS insists: “TheInfluenza and Covid vaccinations can be given in one go and are fully effective two weeks after the injection. For those wondering, this anti-Covid reminder now targets the original strain of the virus as well as the Omicron variant. The campaign launched last October, be it 4e up to 5e Dosage depends on whether a shot was given last spring, primarily aimed at people over 60, residents of nursing homes or long-term care units, people who are immunocompromised, pregnant women, and those around them of all ages. these groups, as well as health professionals.

Is it open to all?

In short, this fall booster dose is offered to all at-risk people and healthcare professionals, regardless of how many doses have been received previously. All that is required is that 6 months have passed since the last dose. This period has been reduced to 3 months for those over 80, the immunocompromised and residents of nursing homes. Finally, anyone outside of these categories can request to receive a booster dose, unless there is a specific contraindication related to their situation. “Recommendation is not a ban to others. So the entire population can be vaccinated. you can do that !This is how the head of the Committee for the Monitoring and Anticipation of Health Risks, (Covars), Brigitte Otrans, insisted this Tuesday to franceinfo.

What is the incidence rate in P.-O. ?

At the beginning of December 2022, the ARS indicates that vaccination coverage, for all ages combined, is 59.9% in the Pyrenees Orientales, very close to 60.2% nationally. However, the infection rate, which reflects the level of circulation of the virus, is lower than that recorded in France: 379.5 / 100,000 inhabitants in the department, against a national average of 453.7 Covid patients per 100,000 inhabitants. However “It is necessary for the oldest and most vulnerable to resort to the fourth dose“, still recommends Guillaume Dubois, director of the ARS department. For this purpose, the doctor’s destination or pharmacy.

Who remembers the barrier signals?

And insisting, like the voices of the Prime Minister or even the Minister of Health, on the importance of barrier gestures. For those who have slept for two years, we remind them again: wear a mask when you are sick, but also in enclosed spaces, crowded places, and public transport; Wash your hands regularly or use an alcohol-based hand rub; cough or sneeze into your elbow or into a tissue; Blow your nose into a single-use tissue and dispose of it; Ventilate the rooms regularly.

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