Covid-19 in France: the 3rd dose injection campaign begins in the Ephad

A resident of Ephad André-Harambillet in Bayonne receiving a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, January 8, 2021. AP - Bob Edme

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Following the recommendations of the French health authorities, the government launched, Monday, September 13, the campaign to inject a third dose of anti-Covid-19 vaccine into the Ephad.

Some 600,000 seniors are affected.

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They were the first to be affected when the Covid-19 vaccination campaign began at the end of December 2020. They are now the first to

receive a 3rd dose

.

Dependent elderly people residing in specialized establishments (Ehpad) can receive it from this Monday, September 13.

For the occasion, Jean Castex went

to an Ehpad

in Clamart, in the Hauts-de-Seine, to attend the first injections.

“ 

For the most vulnerable people, over time, the effectiveness of vaccination decreases,

 ” he said.

The Prime Minister recalled that residents of nursing homes " 

paid a very heavy price

 " at the start of the epidemic: according to official figures, 26,700 of them lost their lives, or nearly a quarter of the deaths due. to Covid-19 in France (more than 116,000 victims so far).

Proof by example: pic.twitter.com/CYBu93eu0C

- Jean Castex (@JeanCASTEX) September 13, 2021

According to Jean Castex, 90% of nursing home residents received two doses;

thus, the " 

death rate, and even disease rate, has dropped dramatically

 " in this segment of the population.

But the head of government also invited the " 

5 million (people, Editor's note) over 65 who had their second dose six months ago

 ", or their first and only (if they have already had the Covid -19), to make an appointment to also benefit from a reminder.

“Even if we are seeing an improvement in the epidemic situation in the country, we are not immune to a new wave of viral mutations.

The disease has accustomed us to this.

Vaccination remains the main weapon "

Jean Castex on the start of the injection campaign for a 3rd dose of Covid-19 vaccine

In France, there are 8 million people who have not yet received their first dose.

According to the Prime Minister, the public authorities are focusing their attention on them, in particular on " 

the most vulnerable among them

 ".

He believes that it is " 

not necessarily doctrinaire opponents of vaccination

 " and that " 

we must go and find them where they are

 ."

(With AFP)

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