The threshold of 50 million first-time vaccinated against Covid-19 has been crossed in France, announced Emmanuel Macron in a video published this Friday, September 17 on social networks. “The vaccine saves lives, the virus kills, it’s simple“, declares the Head of State at the end of this video which takes again images of the whole vaccination campaign started at the end of December 2020.
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The government’s objective was to pass this milestone at the end of August, but vaccination has slowed in recent weeks. The coverage rate has a ceiling in all age groups.
Three quarters of the vaccinated population
With 50 million first-time vaccines, or 74% of its population, France is one of the most advanced countries in the world in the field. More than 86% of eligible people – aged over 12 – are first vaccinated. But more than 8 million French people eligible for vaccination have not yet received their first dose, including 670,000 in those over 75 years old, yet eligible for vaccination since January 18.
Especially since if the number of first injections has become the key indicator of the vaccination campaign, that of “complete schedules” is at least as important and nearly 3 million people still need to receive a second dose to benefit from it. ” maximum protection against severe forms of Covid. Nowadays, more than 70% of French people have a complete vaccination schedule.
At the same time, a “recall campaign” has just started which potentially concerns 18 million people over the age of 65 or “at very high risk of severe form”. This third dose can be administered to them six months after the second. More than 400,000 “third doses” have been administered since September 1. Given the stocks and expected deliveries, more than 12 million recalls will be possible by the end of the year, according to the Ministry of Health.