With the Covid, it's permanent hot and cold.
Two months ago, France suffered from a shortage of vaccines.
Today, the Ministry of Health fears finding itself with too many doses on its hands, while it must still receive mega-orders in July and August.
In fact, we see the same trend in France as elsewhere.
When we cross the 50% mark of adults treated, vaccination slows down.
However, to achieve collective immunity and make the epidemic disappear, 80%, if not 90%, of the population must be treated.
Curiously, it is the 50-80 year-olds who are the least eager today. Some may be antivax, but most are wait-and-see. They wonder if this is really necessary since the numbers of the epidemic are dropping. The challenge for the government is to convince them that vaccination is not just an individual issue but a public health issue. Without collective immunity, the virus continues to circulate and therefore to mutate. And if it mutates, the vaccines are less effective. And if they are less effective, they must be adapted and a third injection considered. The development of the Indian mutation is an illustration of this endless race between vaccines and variants.
That is why the government is concerned about this glass ceiling.
It is undoubtedly necessary to relax the rules of administration of the second dose during the holidays.
To reach 90% of people who are immune, there is also the temptation to vaccinate young people from the age of 12 to protect their elders.
Young people do not have serious forms but can transmit Covid.
Not sure they agree.
They probably have the impression of having already given.
The confinements (of which they were the first victims) were mainly imposed to protect the elderly who are the most exposed.
Today, young people are justified in asking their parents and their grandparents to send them back the elevator by going to be vaccinated.