The anti-Covid recall campaign with the new vaccines adapted to Omicron will start on October 3, once France has received the first doses, the Minister of Health announced today.
For French people for whom a new dose is recommended, “we are heading towards a vaccination campaign from October 3, where we will have the new vaccines available”said François Braun on franceinfo.
For this recall campaign, the High Authority for Health (HAS) recommended using one of the three vaccines adapted to the Omicron sub-variants (two from Pfizer/BioNTech, one from Moderna), recently approved by the European Medicines Agency, and to couple it with that against the flu, which will begin on October 18.
One of these vaccines, developed by Moderna, is suitable for BA.1. The first vials ordered should be delivered between September 29 and October 4, according to a message recently sent by the ministry to health professionals, citing only 576,000 doses available at the start.
The new anti-Covid reminder, “it is not for the whole population: the High Health Authority has been clear and continues to say to vaccinate the target populations”, recalled the minister. But, he clarified, “if you want to get vaccinated, you can get vaccinated”.
The additional dose of vaccine is recommended for people at risk of a severe form of the disease (60 years and over, immunocompromised and those around them, pregnant women, children and adolescents at high risk) and for professionals in the health and medico-social sectors.
But it is better not to wait and get vaccinated with the available vaccines if you are at risk and not up to date with the recommended booster dose (three or six months depending on your age and the date of the last injection). or infection), insist the health authorities.
While contaminations have been increasing again in France for about three weeks, in the wake of the start of the school year, the Minister of Health reiterated his call for “common sense”.
“You have to trust the French. The mask in transport, barrier gestures, washing your hands is very useful because it protects against the transmission of the flu, the child’s bronchiolitis virus, Covid”did he declare.
Asked about schools, François Braun encouraged “ventilate regularly, every hour”and to use CO2 sensors – “means have been put on the table in consultation with local authorities”.