Concern as the Covid vaccination rate for the first jabs drops in France – .

Concern as the Covid vaccination rate for the first jabs drops in France – .

The French are urged by the government to continue to be vaccinated against Covid-19 as quickly as possible, because the figures show that the use of the first vaccines is in free fall.
On the surface, France seems to maintain a good rate of injections, at 700,000 injections per day. Again, this figure mainly represents second doses.

For the first doses, the numbers drop rapidly; from 400,000 per day in early June to less than 200,000.

Prime Minister Jean Castex this week says: “Making an appointment for the first vaccination is slowing down. It’s too little, we have done a lot better, we have to do a lot better.

The minister was with the Minister of Health Olivier Véran in the Landes department, where 70% of new cases are now the Delta variant.

The Doctolib online reservation platform now records less than 150,000 daily reservations for a first dose, compared to 250,000 at the start of June.

At this speed, the platform predict that just over 35 million people will have been vaccinated by July 15, of whom 29 million will be “fully vaccinated”, meaning they will have received all the vaccines they need for full protection.

France is targeting 40 million people who have received their first dose by the end of August (including 85% of people with underlying conditions or aged 50 and over) and 35 million people fully vaccinated by the same. period.

At the current speed, this will not be achieved. Currently, 19.6 million people are fully vaccinated and 32.7 million have received their first dose.

Medical experts have warned that the current speed will not be enough to ensure herd immunity, which biologist Samuel Alizon estimated will require a figure “greater than 80% vaccinated”.

Professor Patrick Berche, a member of the National Academy of Medicine and former director of medical institute the Institut Pasteur, Told BFMTV: “The risk of not achieving collective immunity is that we will have a fourth wave of the virus in September-October, because in many countries we are seeing mutations appear.

“The Delta variant, for example, has been identified in several departments in France.

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Vaccination centers almost empty

Some vaccinodromes have even expressed concern that they will have to close or be replaced by smaller centers due to a lack of patients.

Pierre Lemaire, firefighter-nurse, who vaccinated people at the Saint-Quentin vaccinodrome in Yvelines, Told BFMTV: “I only had 20 or 30 patients today. A few weeks ago, we would have had 70 over the same period. “

A person in charge of a vaccination center in Mayenne Told France Blue: “The trend is down, people are demotivated. It’s a shame because we have a lot of spaces, we can accommodate people almost all day.

Cécile de Longeville, retired nurse who helped a vaccination center in Allier, Vichy, said: “I arrived at 2:00 pm, it is now 4:00 pm, and I vaccinated 10 people. I’ve never seen [such low numbers]. «

President’s warning on the Delta variant

President Emmanuel Macron yesterday urged citizens who have not yet been vaccinated to make an appointment.

Writing on Twitter he said: “The results of the European vaccination strategy are here. We must accelerate, even more. And stay alert, because the Delta variant is spreading. I call on our fellow citizens, unvaccinated, to make an appointment on  »

Mr Castex responded to people’s fears by saying: “Be afraid of the virus, but not of the vaccination. Vaccination is for your health, safety and freedom.

He said the campaign should be continued among young people, as this will allow access to cultural sites, sports centers and overseas travel.

In the Landes, where the variant is spreading the most, Mr. Castex announced that a “strong action plan” would be put in place over the next week, including 14,000 tests and the arrival of 20,000 doses. additional vaccine, for a total of 60,000.

Mr Castex also warned that if that weren’t enough, then he could delay the easing of Covid restrictions in the department.

Mandatory vaccination for caregivers suggested

Ministers also stepped up calls for the immunization of healthcare workers, especially staff in nursing homes for the elderly.

The Minister of Autonomy Brigitte Bourguignon declared that “only 42% of professionals have been fully vaccinated”, prompting Mr. Castex to urge: “It is imperative that all staff in nursing homes be fully vaccinated by the end of August. We must do more, at all costs.

He warned: “If the vaccination coverage of caregivers does not improve, I could be convinced to propose compulsory vaccination, probably by September.

The minister said that the “vaccination campaign is not over”.

The Doctolib booking platform said: “There are still 160,000 slots available over the next three days”, while the Vite Ma Dose platform tweeted: “Thousands of vaccination slots are still available,” urging people to check out. get their dose to be able to take vacations during the summer.

In order to maintain and increase vaccination during the summer, the authorities are aiming to increase the means of convincing people who are currently reluctant or undecided.

Health Insurance is preparing to extend its call and SMS campaigns, until now targeted at the elderly, in particular those suffering from underlying pathologies, and those eligible for additional health benefits.

Doctors should receive lists of their unvaccinated patients, and regional health agencies (ARS) should mount “special operations” to reach high-traffic sites.

They will also target harder-to-reach populations such as students, pregnant women, delivery and chauffeurs, migrants and travelers.

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