The Directorate of Research, Studies, Evaluation and Statistics (Drees) announced Thursday, July 29 that the number of Covid-19 screening tests increased by 50% between July 19 and 25, a period during which the health pass has been extended. Indeed, since July 21, it is mandatory for all places of culture and leisure that accommodate more than 50 people. Another consequence of the extension of the health pass: many undecided people take the step of vaccination, in particular in the perspective of a new extension of the health pass from August 9.
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This is particularly the case with Catherine. This mother is now one of the 40 million French people who have received at least one dose of the vaccine, the only one in her case since she has already had Covid-19. For fear of side effects, she hesitated for a long time to be vaccinated before starting. “The holidays are approaching and I have a child. You have to do activities with him, so do a PCR or antigen test every time, even if it doesn’t take a long time, it was going to be complicated and require a lot of logistics.”
The choice of vaccination for a quiet vacation was also that of Tania, 30, a high school teacher. “It’s the constraint of the health pass that convinced me. I’m on vacation and if I don’t, I won’t be able to do anything. I want to continue to enjoy and to live.” At first she was a little skeptical of the vaccine: “I thought we didn’t have enough distance and perspective.” The concept of messenger RNA, in particular, is difficult for her to grasp.
“I did a bit of research and talked to people who know about it. I told myself that I wasn’t taking a lot of risks getting the vaccine.”Tania, high school teacher
Sometimes the argument that helps to be convinced comes from the general practitioner or the pharmacist. “There is a person we know well, who takes very little medication, is treated mainly with homeopathy and sees few doctors”, says Charlotte, who works in a pharmacy in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. “We had a very fluid exchange with her and she was able to be convinced.” It was Charlotte who therefore made the injection.
She explains that pharmacists take their role in this vaccination campaign to heart. “People need to have benchmarks to help them make up their minds, to have people they trust. You have to talk to them before, during and after. There is a kind of follow-up and continuity with it. people you know at the pharmacy. “ However, in this pharmacy, professionals vaccinate less than at the start of the campaign, with about five vaccinations per week today, against twenty in March.