France allows vacationers to get second Covid vaccine while away – .

France allows vacationers to get second Covid vaccine while away – .

Holidaymakers in France can now receive their second vaccine against Covid-19 as they are absent in a U-turn from previous government policy, as the Delta variant spreads and ministers call for a rapid vaccination.
Previously, people were encouraged to book their first and second injections at the same location near their home, and to book their second injection at their vacation spot only as a last resort.

The government had also allowed people to receive their second jabs earlier than before – between 21 and 49 days – to encourage people not to delay their dates because of the holidays.

But the Minister of Health Olivier Véran confirmed Friday, July 2 that the public can now make vaccination appointments at two different places, including in holiday destinations.

Sylvie Quenet, public health director in charge of vaccinations at the Agence régionale de santé (ARS) Nouvelle Aquitaine, Told FranceInfo: “It is now entirely possible to make an appointment in one place for the first dose, and in another place for the second dose.

She reminded the public that the difference between the doses is now allowed to be “between 21 and 49 days, which will allow everyone to find an appointment that suits him”.

Read more: France allows shorter gap between first and second Covid jab

Vaccination centers along the coast, from Charente-Maritime to Pyrénées-Atlantiques, will be ready to welcome vacationers by appointment, confirmed Ms. Quenet.

She said: “There will be an increase in the number of doses available in the centers, as well as by other professionals: pharmacists, nurses, doctors, midwives. There will be targeted actions with temporary centers, kiosks in very touristy areas and mobile vaccination buses along the coast.

The latest figures show that around 25% of new daily cases of Covid are now of the Delta variant, and Mr. Véran says that there is a “potential threat of epidemic resumption as early as this summer”.

Read more: Delta variant threatens to spoil summer, says French Minister of Health

Delaying vaccination “could cause a fourth wave”

It comes as Professor Alain Fischer, head of the government’s vaccination campaign, has warned that people who delay their vaccinations “are making a mistake” and could contribute to a possible fourth wave of the virus.

Speaking at the Sunday Newspaper, he said: “Those who delay [their jab] make a mistake. If you get vaccinated today, you are protected for the start of the school year [September].

“Everything is to be played in the next two weeks, in order to avoid a fourth wave linked to Delta, and to the resumption of contacts, the start of the school year, and a climate more favorable to the virus. “

Professor Fischer reminded people that they are not adequately protected against the virus after a single injection (for vaccines requiring at least two injections).

He said, “One is not enough. Delta one injection has been shown to provide 50-60% protection. With two doses, it’s 90%.

The professor explained that it is very difficult to convince young people to get vaccinated quickly.

He said: “The battle is tougher for 18-40 year olds: Predictions suggest they will be 60-70% maximum vaccinated, compared to 45% today. These projected levels are not sufficient to control the virus and achieve herd immunity.

“There will always be infections, hospitalizations, intensive care admissions and deaths. And potentially hardware restrictions; school closures, new confinement… ”

In the same interview, Professor Fischer reiterated his support for compulsory vaccination for health workers and workers in nursing homes.

He said: “For these professionals, we come to the last resort. There is less than 60% coverage in EHPAD, 64% in hospitals, this is clearly not enough. ”

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