France extends COVID-19 booster shots to all adults

File Photo: On November 17, 2021, a healthcare professional talks to a patient at the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Vaccination Center in Ansenis-Saint-Jereon, France.Reuters / Stephen Mahe

November 25, 2021

By Sudip Kar-Gupta

Paris (Reuters)-France will make COVID-19 booster shots available to all adults on Thursday, tightening rules on wearing face masks and curbing the fifth wave of infectious diseases at risk of impairing economic recovery Therefore, it announced that it will strengthen the health pass check. ..

In France, infections are doubling every 11 days, but authorities said they do not have to follow the example of re-imposing the Austrian blockade.

Health Minister Olivier Véran said that anyone over the age of 18 would be eligible for a booster vaccination and the time from complete vaccination to booster vaccination would be reduced from 6 months to 5 months.

“We are still destined,” Belan said at a press conference, urging people to respect the rules of social distance.

Booster shots are currently only available to people over the age of 65 and having underlying health problems.

France currently holds about 25 million doses sufficient to accelerate booster campaigns, Veran said. Formerly known as HAS, the French health regulator has helped expand the campaign.

France reported 33,464 new cases on Thursday. This has surpassed the pattern of 30,000, which has not been seen since late April, three times in a row.

The 7-day moving average for new daily cases that level the irregularities in the report was a three-month high of 21,761 and nearly quadrupled in one month.

Mr. Belan said he would ask HAS and the Medical Ethics Board to consider whether children aged 5 to 11 should be vaccinated. The program for such children did not start before 2022.

Previously, EU drug regulators approved the use of Pfizer BioNTech’s COVID vaccine for ages 5-11 as Europe fights the proliferation of infections.

Booster shots will be a requirement for a valid health pass to enter public places such as restaurants, cafes, cinemas and museums in France, Veran said. The path shows evidence of a complete vaccination or a negative COVID test.

After the announcement of Veran, vaccination reservations surged and the medical reservation app Doctolib froze. A Doctolib spokeswoman told Reuters late Thursday that more than 400,000 new bookings for the jab had been made.

(Reported by Elizabeth Pineau, Richard Lough, Sudip Kar-Gupta, Benoit Van Overstraeten, Geert De Clercq, edited by Bernadette Baum, Frances Kerry, Gareth Jones)

France extends COVID-19 booster shots to all adults

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