A new hotline allows people over 80 in France to make an appointment for vaccines at home – .

A new hotline allows people over 80 in France to make an appointment for vaccines at home – .

A new toll-free number for home vaccination appointments against Covid has been launched by the French government for those over 80 who have not yet received their vaccine.
Those over 80, their families or their carers can call the number – 0800 730 957 – between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. every day to make an appointment at their home, at a vaccination center or at their doctor’s office.

The proportion over 80 who have contracted their vaccine is currently lower than in other age groups.

While 93% of those aged 60 to 80, 90% of those 50 to 60 and 87% of those 40 to 50 are fully immunized, only 85% of those over 80 have received both doses of the vaccine, according to the report. government site.

The Ministry of Health specifies in its vaccination campaign leaflets that one in 10 elderly people will die after contracting the Covid.

For these people, getting vaccinated is therefore crucial, microbiologist Patrick Berche told BFMTV.

“It is a population which is not hostile to vaccination but which probably does not have access to it,” he added.

“There is no doubt that these people need [to get vaccinated]: If they come in contact with the virus, they will probably get very sick.

Older people who are not very mobile can, under certain conditions, have their travel expenses covered if they go to their appointment by ambulance or taxi. You will find more details on the Health Insurance website.

The vaccination appointment hotline could also help speed up the Covid booster dose campaign, especially as regional authorities are deploying mobile teams to work in different departments.

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“We must relaunch the recall campaign among the elderly and vulnerable,” said Minister of Health Olivier Véran on October 22. “It’s moving forward, but not fast enough.

More than 2 million people have already received their booster dose, but Mr. Véran added that: “We will [only] making real progress as we approach 100,000 third injections per day. [Our campaign] is ahead of that of the majority of our neighbors, but that is not enough.

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