Vaccination with a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccines for the oldest and comorbid patients began in France on Wednesday. From September 11, the booster vaccination campaign will cover people in nursing homes.
France is the first major country in the European Union to introduce extensive booster vaccinations, and several other European countries are likely to follow suit, writes the AP agency.
“You will be armed with a booster for the coming months,” French Health Minister Olivier Veran told the person who had just received a third injection at the Paris vaccination center Wednesday. She received the first two doses at the beginning of the year.
Booster vaccinations started in France include people over 80 years of age, immunocompromised people and others considered to be at a very high risk of developing severe COVID-19, such as cancer patients undergoing treatment or patients on dialysis.
The booster vaccination campaign will target 18 million French
The booster campaign will be extended in the coming weeks to all people over the age of 65, and other people at risk of developing severe disease such as obesity or diabetes. From September 11, the booster vaccination campaign will cover people in nursing homes.
The French health ministry says the campaign should reach 18 million French, as vaccines given months earlier show waning efficacy, especially against the Delta variant, which is more contagious than other variants of the coronavirus.
Currently, almost 44 million people in France, or 65.6 percent. population is completely vaccinated. WHO’s head of Europe, Dr. Hans Kluge, said this week that a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine could help protect the most vulnerable people and should not be viewed as a “luxury”.
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