The symbolic bar of 30 million people first vaccinated against Covid-19 in France was crossed on Saturday, June 12, announced the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, on Twitter. The government announced in the spring that it was targeting this target for June 15. This was therefore reached a few days in advance.
After a difficult start, the vaccination campaign has picked up speed quickly in recent months, as the eligibility criteria for vaccination against Covid-19 have widened. The rate has, for a week, exceeded 600,000 injections per day, including more than 350,000 daily first-time injections, and continues to increase.
On Friday evening, Public Health France announced that 29,831,488 people had received at least one injection (56.8% of the major population) and that more than 15.4 million were fully vaccinated, or a fifth of the population.
Fears of a slowdown this summer
Despite these good figures, some are warning against a possible drop in the pace as summer approaches, even though the level of coverage is far from sufficient in the event of a strong resumption of the pandemic. The director general of the Ile-de-France health agency, Aurélien Rousseau, noted in particular this week a recent slowdown in appointment scheduling. Epidemiologist Pascal Crépey spoke of a “Risk of renouncing the second dose, or even both doses”.
In addition, for several weeks now, vaccination coverage has tended to stagnate among seniors, with around 76% of 75-79 year olds and 66.9% of over 80s fully vaccinated.
However, the Doctolib site does not foresee a drop in the rate of injections, which should remain at nearly 600,000 per day, and the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, has ruled out any possibility of a turnaround in the population, explaining the availability of certain slots by an increase “From the offer”.
At the same time, the epidemic continues to decline, with 2,163 patients in critical care on Friday, to the lowest since October 19. And the number of new daily contaminations has dropped back below 5,000 over the past week.