Pyrénées-Orientales: too many vulnerable people neglect fall anti-covid vaccination, says the regional health agency

Anti-Covid vaccination coverage of the elderly is currently lower in Pyrénées-Orientales than the national average. The Danish Health Authority once again encourages the most vulnerable people to get vaccinated before the start of winter. Why how? We explain to you.

What degree of vaccination in the ward?

73.2% of over 80s got their 3rde dose of anti-Covid vaccine in the Pyrenees-Orientales against 78.6% nationally. “Vaccination coverage for the elderly is insufficient, points out the department management in ARS, which continues to recommend a double vaccination, that anti-Covid and that against influenza. In Occitanie, pollution linked to Covid has accelerated in recent days, ARS notes, with an increase in the circulation of the virus and hospitalizations increased 19% in a week in the region. Added to this is the wave of bronchiolitis, which is still raging, and the first cases of influenza that have been registered in the regional territory, although at this time Occitanie is not yet in an epidemic phase.

Who is the autumn campaign targeting?

The department’s residents are therefore still in prevention mode. This is why ARS insists: “TheInfluenza and Covid vaccinations can be given at the same time and are fully effective two weeks after the injection. For those wondering, this anti-Covid reminder now targets the original strain of the virus as well as the Omicron variant. The campaign was launched last October, regardless of whether it is a 4e even a 5e dose depending on whether an injection was given last spring, is aimed primarily at people over 60, residents of nursing homes or long-term care units, immunocompromised people, pregnant women, those around them of all these categories, as well as healthcare professionals.

Is it open to everyone?

To summarize, this autumn booster dose is therefore offered to all persons at risk and to healthcare professionals, regardless of the number of doses previously received. All that is required is that a period of 6 months has passed since the last dose. This period has been reduced to 3 months for the over 80s, immunocompromised and nursing home residents. Finally, anyone outside of these categories can ask for a booster dose unless there is a specific contraindication related to their situation. “A recommendation is not a prohibition for others. So the whole population can be vaccinated. You can do it !“, insisted the chairman of the Committee for the Monitoring and Anticipation of Health Risks, (Covars), Brigitte Autrans, this Tuesday on franceinfo.

What incidence rate in P.-O. ?

As of early December 2022, the ARS indicates that vaccination coverage, all ages combined, is 59.9% for Pyrénées-Orientales, very close to 60.2% nationally. However, with an incidence rate that reflects the circulation level of the virus, lower than that recorded for France: 379.5/100,000 inhabitants in the ward, against a national average of 453.7 Covid patients per 100,000 inhabitants. However, it is”essential that the oldest and most vulnerable need the 4th dose“, still recommends Guillaume Dubois, department director of ARS. For this, destination the doctor or the pharmacy.

Who remembers the barrier movements?

And to insist, like the voices of the Prime Minister or even the Minister of Health, on the importance of barrier movements. For those who have slept for two years, we remind them once again: wear a mask when you are sick, but also in closed places, crowded places and public transport; wash your hands regularly or use a hydroalcoholic solution; coughing or sneezing into your elbow or into a tissue; blow your nose in a disposable tissue and throw it away; ventilate the rooms regularly.

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