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The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, announced Thursday at noon that the anti-Covid vaccine booster would be open from Saturday to all adults over 18 years of age in France from 5 months after the second dose.

In accordance with the recommendations of the High Authority for Health (HAS), the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, announced Thursday, November 25, that the third dose of vaccine against Covid-19 would be available in France from Saturday to all people aged 18 years and over as early as five months after the second dose.

“In practice, this concerns 25 million French people, of whom 6 million have already received their booster, so there are still 19 million French people to date who become eligible for the booster vaccination and whom we call on to be vaccinated in the next two months”, clarified Olivier Véran.

This vaccination booster must be done before January 15 to keep a valid health pass. Likewise, a negative PCR test, which also makes it possible to benefit from the health pass, will no longer be valid for 72 hours, but 24 hours.

The Minister of Health also announced that wearing a mask was once again compulsory indoors in all public places, including those subject to the health pass. The prefects will also have the possibility of imposing it outside for certain events.

The High Authority for Health (HAS) recommended, Thursday, November 25, that the recall of the vaccine against the Covid-19 be made from the age of 18, five months after the complete vaccination, in an opinion issued just before news government announcements.

This recommendation probably foreshadows what will be announced by the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, at 12:30 pm, while France is affected by a fifth wave of the epidemic described as “dazzling” by the government.

In an opinion issued only six days earlier, Friday, the HAS recommended that the booster dose be made from the age of 40, six months after the last injection. But she decided to lower these deadlines because the “resumption of the epidemic” is “even stronger than expected”, she explains in her new opinion.

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It “considers that the worrying epidemic context justifies an acceleration of the vaccination campaign by shortening the time between primary vaccination and booster dose”, justifies the HAS, whose role is to inspire government policy on these issues.

It “therefore recommends that the administration of a booster dose can now be carried out as early as five months after the primary vaccination and that the booster campaign can be extended now to people aged 18 and over”.

Reduction of peak hospitalizations

The HAS is based in particular on projections from the Institut Pasteur, which assess the reduction in the peak of hospitalizations if the booster dose is administered from the age of 18.

According to the HAS, this reduction is 39% if the booster is done six months after the last injection and goes to 50% if the booster is done at five months.

The HAS assures that the validity of this strategy is also illustrated by “the data resulting from studies in real life carried out in Israel”.

Beyond the reminder, “it is essential to continue efforts to vaccinate people not yet vaccinated”, underlines the HAS. Finally, it insists on “strengthening adherence to barrier gestures at a high level”, in order to “preserve the healthcare system and avoid restrictive measures”.

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The Minister of Health will speak at midday to present new measures intended to deal with the health crisis, while the number of cases has increased very rapidly in France for several days, reaching 32,591 new contaminations on Wednesday according to Health public in France, at its highest since April 24.

From a government source, the executive has decided to follow the recommendations of the HAS, but also those issued in recent days by the Scientific Council and the Vaccine Strategy Orientation Council, two advisory bodies.

New anti-Covid measures

According to two parliamentary sources, the gap between the last vaccine and the booster dose would be reduced from six to five months.

The validity of the anti-Covid test for non-vaccinated people wanting to take advantage of the health pass should be reduced from 72 hours to 24 hours.

“Vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 have been mentioned, but we have been told that it will not be before 2022 and subject to the opinion of the European Medicines Agency,” told AFP on deputy Bertrand Pancher (freedoms and territories).

As for the wearing of a mask, it could be made compulsory in all indoor places where the health pass is requested (restaurants, shopping centers, performance venues, museums, etc.). Even in a few outdoor places with a high concentration of people such as Christmas markets, at the discretion of the prefects.

A strengthening of health pass controls in restaurants, cinemas and public transport as well as a strengthening of screening campaigns in schools are also planned.

With AFP

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Gérard Truchon

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