Even if there is now "a strong increase in vaccination" in people suffering from co-morbidities, five million of them have not yet been vaccinated against Covid-19, Health Insurance said Thursday.
“These are 5 million people who are at risk when the epidemic resumes,” insisted Dominique Martin, the national medical consultant of the National Health Insurance Fund.
A figure to be put into perspective because "it also covers very diverse pathologies such as people with anti-smoking treatment (this concerns nearly a million people in France) or those who take antidepressants who have a much lower exposure to the risk of Covid. Than those suffering from comorbidities, notes the Health Insurance.
Over the last two months, the increase in the vaccination rate of people with at least one pathology associated with a risk of developing a severe form of Covid-19 is "variable but often significant", notes health insurance.
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She gives a few examples: in mid-July, 78.2% of people on dialysis had a complete vaccination cycle (+ 9.4 points between May 23 and July 11), 70.4% of those with Down's syndrome ( + 20.9 points), 74.1% for those suffering from active cancers (+ 26.8 points), 62.7% for respiratory diseases (+ 31.8 points) and 69.7% for diabetics (+ 31.8 points).
Overall on these populations, "we gained 14 points for the first injection and 31 points for completely completed vaccinations," explains Dominique Martin.
Among those over 75, one million have not had an injection
Regarding the other risk factor, ie age, health insurance reports “another million people over the age of 75 who have not had an injection” (86 , 15% had a first injection, 81.4% have a complete vaccination schedule) to which is added "a little more than a million people between 65 and 74 years old" (88.3% an injection, 82.7 % the complete vaccination schedule).
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Among the actions undertaken since the end of March to support vaccination, health insurance reports 7 million letters sent to people aged 50 and over, 3.5 million more targeted letters, 7.15 million text messages, etc. to which are added more than 2,000 actions in the field (ephemeral, itinerant vaccination, at home, etc.)
GPs to request a list
To "continue this mobilization", treating physicians have been able since July 14 "to request the list of their unvaccinated patients," said the director of Health Insurance, Thomas Fatôme, adding that 4,800 general practitioners had. for now made the request.
Pharmacists will also receive from Thursday flyers and educational kits to distribute to people suffering from diabetes or obesity and, next week, the medical service of health insurance will begin to contact the 20,000 more people. 16 years old without attending physician and with high risk pathologies.