Mr. Minister of Health,
Nearly 16 million people in France have received at least one dose of the anti-Covid vaccine and nearly 7 million of them are fully vaccinated. Either because they have already had their two doses, or only one (in case of a history of Covid or vaccinated by Janssen) or finally, three doses in case of severe immunosuppression, etc. These French women and men, who represent nearly 13% of the adult population, certainly aspire to return to a slightly more normal life, after more than a year of pandemic and while the reopening of terraces and shops is planned in a little more than two weeks throughout the territory.
However, for the moment, you are sticking to the same recommendations for everyone, namely total respect for barrier gestures, wearing a mask outdoors where it is mandatory or in a private place when you are with family or friends. , etc. In the United States, where the proportion of the fully vaccinated adult population is three times greater than in our country, these people are now allowed to take off the mask outdoors, except during events with a large number of people. They will remain "in complete safety", assured the American health authorities. Since the beginning of March, they could already meet in small groups indoors, without having to wear a mask or respect physical distancing.
In France, only the nursing home framework, which remains quite constrained, has been lightened.
Yet, as you yourself have stated on several occasions, more and more studies suggest that vaccines are effective not only against the onset of severe forms of the disease, but also against the transmission of the virus.
According to work carried out in Israel, the Pfizer vaccine would reduce this risk by about 90%.
Under these conditions, officially admitting that the restrictions weighing on people vaccinated for several months could be lightened a little, which many of them already say are self-applied without waiting for your "authorization", would certainly send a signal. of optimism.
The prospect of a return to "Happy Days", to use the expression used by Emmanuel Macron more than a year ago, would be brought closer.
The Parisian-Today in France would therefore like to know if you intend to ease the restrictions for the entire vaccinated and protected population.
What changes can these vaccinated people expect, and when?
The readers of Le Parisien - Today in France are impatiently awaiting your response,
Olivier Véran's response: "The day will come when we can meet again as before"
The Minister of Health Olivier Véran.
LP / Fred Dugit
The Minister of Health has taken up his pen to answer us on the situation of people who are fully vaccinated and he begins his letter with a small clarification: he himself is in a good position to talk about it. "You are right, the proportion of our citizens who are completely vaccinated is increasing," he writes. Today they are 6.7 million and since Monday, I myself am part of it. The minister received his second injection therefore, but for the moment, no change of rules for people completely immune, insists he, even if he recognizes their impatience.
“I would first like to tell you that I understand so much that once vaccinated, we only have one desire, and that is to remove the mask and forget the barrier gestures. That day will come, I am convinced. And the sooner the better. "But we still have to wait, writes Olivier Véran, without specifying why certain countries have already taken the plunge:" Numerous real-life studies are underway in the world, to determine the share of reduction in contamination in vaccinated populations. We know the vaccine is extremely effective against severe forms. That is a certainty. We believe that it also makes it possible to reduce the contagiousness of the virus, therefore contamination, therefore the epidemic. But we still lack the data to know in what proportion.The High Council of Public Health recommends while waiting to learn more to continue to protect ourselves, to protect the others, in particular the fragile people and the people not yet vaccinated. "
He concludes on a note of hope: “I repeat, the day will come when we will be able to find ourselves as before, without barriers, without the permanent concern of keeping our distance. And I promise you that as soon as we have the assurance that this day has come, we will not wait until the next day. "