Who exactly will be affected by a vaccine booster against Covid-19 at the start of the school year? The arbitration should be done "next week", announced Tuesday the Ministry of Health. "We are starting to have a scientific consensus" on a possible "weakening of immune reflexes" in some people "around nine months after the first injection, and therefore it will possibly be necessary to revaccinate a certain number of people of nursing home type , people over 80 years old, people at very high risk of severe form, as early as nine months after their first injection, which could possibly take place as early as September, ”despite everything detailed the ministry.
President Emmanuel Macron announced on July 12 that a “recall campaign” would begin “in early September” for people vaccinated “in January and February”, without specifying the exact outline.
It was based on two opinions from the Scientific Council and the Vaccine Strategy Orientation Council (COSV) published in early July.
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Both qualify as "reasonable" the proposal of a "booster vaccination in people over 80 years living in nursing homes or at home" despite data "still limited", "given the first studies showing a drop in the level. antibodies earlier in this population and the possible significant impact on the healthcare system ”.
"Define the level and duration of protection" of the vaccine
The COSV recommends adding people with a pathology exposing them to a "very high risk of developing a severe form of Covid" and mentions "additional data" to come "from a study underway in Montpellier" " on the level and duration of protection conferred by vaccination in the elderly ”.
In Israel, a new vaccination campaign has started. Those over 60 will receive a 3rd dose of vaccine. As of September 1, Germany will therefore be offering the administration of a booster dose to elderly and vulnerable populations, as well as to people who have not received a messenger RNA vaccine (Pfizer and Moderna). On the other side of the Channel in the United Kingdom, a vaccine booster would be opened from September 6 and would affect 32 million Britons according to the daily The Telegraph.