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Covid-19: is it too late to get vaccinated again before Christmas?


FOCUS - As the end of year celebrations approach, the recall campaign for the fourth dose is in full swing. Time is running out for those who wish to be fully protected before December 25.

Christmas is fast approaching.

At the same time, the ninth wave of Covid-19 continues to progress: the number of new contaminations on average smoothed over one week increased by 11.5% between December 5 and 12.

With the approach of the end of year celebrations, the question of a booster shot therefore arises.

To be fully protected for Christmas is now.

It will be too late in two to three days


assures Pierre-Olivier Variot, president of the union of community pharmacists (USPO).

In concrete terms, the booster vaccine reaches optimal efficiency within a fortnight after the injection.

“From a week, the first signs of protection appear,

adds Philippe Besset, president of the federation of pharmaceutical unions in France (FSPF).

So it's now or never



Nevertheless, Philippe Besset recognizes that the end of year celebrations “

are used a lot in the communication strategy

” surrounding vaccination.

It's not just the Christmas holidays, I already have appointments for a vaccination on December 24


he concedes.

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On December 6, infectiologist Anne-Claude Crémieux reminded Le


that "

the vaccine does not [protect] from infection

", but that there remained

"very good quality protection to avoid being hospitalized".

A reminder open to all

This Tuesday, December 13, the government formalized, in a message sent to health professionals, the opening of the booster dose against Covid-19 to “

all French people who wish it


This booster dose "

can be carried out as early as six months after the last injection

" and as early as three months for "

people aged 80 and over, as well as residents in EHPAD and USLD (Long-Term Care Unit) and


people, regardless of age


A note which confirms the words of the Minister of Health François Braun during his press conference on Friday, December 9.

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Since the beginning of December, the vaccination reminder campaign has generally accelerated in France.

Over one week, the number of people vaccinated with a booster adapted to Omicron, which represents almost all the doses used today in pharmacies, was multiplied by 1.6.

From 2.3 in two weeks.

This is clearly due to the communication and target clarification campaign


explains Philippe Besset.

There are also many people who want to be vaccinated for the holidays.

To protect themselves and their loved ones

, ”analyzes Pierre-Olivier Variot.

As a reminder, the smoothed average over seven days makes it possible to compensate for the days when fewer vaccinations are carried out, such as Sundays, and therefore to have a better view of the vaccination rate.

At the same time, Philippe Besset observes an increase in the number of tests carried out in pharmacies.


I'm a little afraid of not being able to provide both the tests and the vaccines



he fears.

Source: lefigaro

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