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The third dose is for people over 65 years of age and especially vulnerable

The third dose is for people over 65 years of age and especially vulnerable

“After analyzing the available data, HAS is proposing a booster dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for people over 65 years of age and people with comorbidities that increase the risk of severe forms of Covid-19,” HAS said in a statement.

On Monday evening, French Health Minister Olivier Veran announced, on the BFM TV channel, the launch of a large-scale campaign, in agreement with HAS, on vaccination with a booster dose – the third dose for people who Already vaccinated twice.

Whose third dose?

On August 12, the Ministry of Health announced a campaign to remind third dose For people who have already received two, and the other for those who have only received one, it covers about 5 million people: residents of nursing homes and long-term care units, people over 80 who live at home, and patients at very high risk of some form of ” COVID-19” and “immunocompromised” patients.

On August 18, 2021, HAS expanded the promotion campaign to include that segment of the population with comorbidities (diabetes, obesity, etc.) that put them at increased risk of severe Covid-19 infection. This situation affects a much larger “high-risk” population, which is true for a limited list of diseases.

And Ferran announced, on Monday, that “the campaign can start from the beginning of September,” noting that “the period between the second and third vaccinations will not take at least six months.”

HAS believes that the priority for the coming weeks is vaccination, especially in the age group over 80, where the proportion of full vaccinations is insufficient (currently 79.9%).

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The French health agency is proposing to “simplify vaccination” for those concerned by giving them the flu shot together with the Covid-19 vaccine from late October.

It also recommends that people vaccinated with a single dose of Janssen receive a booster dose “at least 4 weeks after the first shot.”

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