LIVE – 3rd dose for all, health pass: government announcements expected at midday

Efficacy, period of protection: what scientific studies say about the 3rd dose of vaccine

a Health Defense Council Wednesday, then a consultation of political parties and here is the decision taken this Thursday. While the epidemic of Covid-19 is booming in the country, the government has chosen to extend the vaccine booster campaign, initiated on September 1 among the oldest and most vulnerable.

This time, the “third” dose will be available to all adults five months after the second injection instead of the six months seen so far. The Minister of Health Olivier Véran will make the announcement this Thursday at 12:30 pm.

What do we know about this booster dose? Its efficiency? Its period of protection after the injection? BFMTV.com took a look at the scientific studies published on the issue.

Covid tests are on the rise again

The number of Covid-19 screening tests jumped 40% last week, to nearly 3 million, this increase being “particularly marked” in children and adolescents, according to figures released on Thursday by the Ministry of Health.

A new wave of tests has begun: just over 2.9 million were carried out the week of November 15, the Drees said in a statement, or 815,000 more than that of November 8 – which counted a public holiday, just like that of November 1 where a low point was reached at 1.8 million.

The recovery is spectacular among those under 16, whose number of tests doubled last week, to more than 730,000 – including a little less than 240,000 of salivary PCR carried out mainly in schools.

The trend is however up “for all age groups”, for the first time since October 15 and the end of reimbursement of “comfort tests” for people who are not fully vaccinated, with some exceptions ( medical prescription, contact case, recent positive test, contraindication to the vaccine). The government does not plan to reverse this measure, the effect of which remains difficult to quantify.

Nearly 360,000 vaccine booster appointments taken Wednesday on Doctolib

Worsening of the health situation, prospect of opening the booster dose to all … so many factors that have prompted the French to increase the number of appointments on Doctolib, on the eve of Olivier Véran’s announcements.

On the day of Tuesday, November 24 alone, 359,975 appointments for the booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine were taken on the platform. A record. The previous one was 213,400 and it was seen the day before.

HAS recommends the booster for all adults, 5 months after the last injection

The High Authority for Health recommended this Thursday the administration ofa booster dose to all adults aged 18 and a little shorter than its previous recommendation: 5 months after the last injection.

In an opinion delivered only six days earlier, last Friday, the HAS recommended that the booster dose be made from the age of 40, 6 months after the last injection.

3rd dose for all, health pass, school: what the government will announce

As of Wednesday at the end of the day, BFMTV revealed the content of the upcoming government announcements. Among the new measures that Olivier Véran will detail will therefore include the booster dose open to all adults, the time to receive this booster dose reduced to 5 months instead of 6, the validity of PCR tests reduced to 24 hours, but also a time limit. seven months to take a booster dose before the expiration of the health pass.

The detail in our article:

Press conference by Olivier Véran at 12:30 p.m.

The Minister of Health Olivier Véran will hold a press conference this Thursday at 12:30 p.m. during which he will detail the measures taken by the government to deal with the 5th wave of Covid-19. He will be accompanied by the Director General of Health Jérôme Salomon and the Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer.

This press conference will be watched live on BFMTV.

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