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France Resumes COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign

France Resumes COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign



 

France Resumes COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign.

On October 2, France initiated its autumn 2023 COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

The French Ministry of Health advanced the vaccination schedule by two weeks in response to the surge in COVID-19 indicators.

According to Le Parisien, COVID-19 metrics in France have been steadily rising since the summer of 2023, prompting the rescheduling of the vaccination drive from October 17 to October 2.

The new vaccination campaign aims to bolster protection for high-risk groups as immunity from previous COVID-19 vaccinations wanes over time, especially in preventing severe infections.

The French government recommends that high-risk individuals get vaccinated before the winter season, which is an active period for respiratory virus transmission.

 

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The COVID-19 vaccination is open to everyone but is not mandatory. The Ministry of Health strongly encourages vaccination for individuals aged 65 and above, residents of nursing homes, those with underlying health conditions, immunocompromised individuals, pregnant women, and those living with high-risk individuals. However, anyone outside these target groups who wishes to get vaccinated can do so for free, with medical insurance covering 100% of the cost.

However, individuals who have recently been infected with COVID-19 should postpone vaccination. According to the French Ministry of Health, individuals who have been infected with COVID-19 or previously vaccinated should wait at least six months before receiving another COVID-19 vaccine, while immunocompromised individuals should wait three months.

France’s influenza vaccination campaign will begin on October 17, allowing people to simultaneously receive both COVID-19 and influenza vaccines. Immunologist Stéphane Paul explained that if both vaccines are administered in separate arms, “currently available data show no specific signals of adverse reactions,” with the only potential risk being transient muscle pain in both arms.

Infectious disease expert Adèle Lanoie stated that it is “very likely” that annual COVID-19 booster shots will be required, with vulnerable populations possibly advised to get re-vaccinated every autumn to better combat the circulating variants of the COVID-19 virus. Ideally, COVID-19 vaccinations will be combined with influenza vaccinations.

 

 

 

France Resumes COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign

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