For many, dreaming of a return to normal in the midst of a health crisis, this is the big question: when will I be vaccinated against Covid-19? For the moment, “bites” are still rare: 1.3 million people have received a single dose, and 1.3 million are fully vaccinated. Small reminder: the vaccination campaign began on December 27 among residents of nursing homes and in long-term care units (USLD). Then from the beginning of January, it also concerned caregivers at risk.
The Minister of Health Olivier Véran then announced the expansion of vaccination to caregivers, firefighters and home helpers over 50 years old. Since January 18, those over 75 and patients with serious pathologies are also eligible. Vaccination was once again extended, from February 6, to caregivers, firefighters and home helpers under the age of 65. Two months after the start of the campaign, where are we and what are the next steps?
- For those over 75: two-thirds vaccinated by the end of March
These people are not eligible for the AstraZeneca vaccine, due to the lack of data from trials on people over 65 years of age. After finding a niche in a vaccination center (contact details are specified on the website sante.fr), so they receive either the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine or Moderna. “By the end of March, two-thirds of people over 75 will be vaccinated,” against a little over a quarter currently, Prime Minister Jean Castex assured Thursday at his press conference.
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According to him, the figures show that “the effects of the vaccination campaign are starting to be felt on our older citizens”.
- For 65-74 year olds: from the beginning of April
This is the next step: vaccination for those over 65, from the beginning of April. They should receive a messenger RNA vaccine – Moderna or Pfizer – unless new data indicates they can receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.
- For 50-64 year olds: all vaccinated in mid-May, first those with comorbidities
Since Thursday, city doctors can inject one of three vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca) for people between 50 and 64 years of age with comorbidities – “a target of 2.4 million people” according to the Prime Minister .
“By mid-May, all people over 50 will have been offered a first injection” against Covid-19, he said.
- All adult volunteers by the end of the summer
This is the last step, which should start in the summer. President Emmanuel Macron assured on February 2, on TF1, that all French adults will be able to be vaccinated “by the end of the summer” – that is to say on September 21. Is the goal achievable? This will depend on deliveries of doses and the arrival of new vaccines, such as that from Johnson & Johnson that the European Union could authorize in mid-March.