The vaccination campaign is accelerating the pace. Vaccination opens its doors this Monday, May 31 to all French adults. The state of health is no longer a condition to be eligible, only the majority is now required.
This expansion of the vaccineable population correlates with the gradual decline of the epidemic on French territory. Last week, hospitals counted only 3,246 new hospitalizations and 614 new intensive care admissions. Only 8,541 new cases were detected during the day of Sunday, May 30, we have to go back to the beginning of September to find such a low rate.
The number of French people eligible for vaccination has now increased to 28 millions, according to the Doctolib platform, not to mention the 25 million or so who have already received at least a first dose, according to Public Health France. The aim is to achieve the 30 million vaccinated at the end of June. A few questions then arise before getting vaccinated.
Will there be enough doses?
Although not everyone will be able to get the vaccine in a week, there will be enough doses for everyone. We expect in total, cumulatively, 76 million doses delivered at the end of June, against 45 million in May. The Pfizer laboratory is responsible for 75% of this order. It will even deliver more doses than initially expected.
How to make an appointment?
A concern may arise for French people who want to be vaccinated, making an appointment. The demand is 50 times greater than the supply. Between 20 and 30 million French people will ask to make an appointment for only 500,000 to 600,000 available slots.
Since Thursday, 85% of appointments made on the platforms have been made by people under the age of 50 but 100,000 slots remain reserved for seniors every week. Today, a little less than 2,000 vaccination centers plus the thousands of doctors plus the 20,000 pharmacists who now use Moderna’s solution remain available.
In order to find a niche, go to the Doctolib booking platforms, maiia.com or Keldoc.com. ViteMaDose, which brings together the appointments offered by several different platforms, has also launched a new function, “Chronodose”. Be careful, however: demand is very strong and the slots, once posted on the site, often go away in just a few moments.
How long do you have to wait after vaccination to be immunized?
It is important to remember that no one is protected immediately after receiving an injection. Many doctors are currently treating patients who let their guard down immediately after the first injection, what they call the “vaccinee syndrome”. We may feel liberated after the injection, but we must not forget the barrier gestures.
In the first 15 days after the bite, nothing changes. After which, only the antibodies increase. For Pfizer’s solution, it is only after the 15th day that the vaccine prevents a 62% risk of severe form and a 75% risk of ending up in hospital. In general, the antibody level then stagnates, hence the need for a second dose.
We believe that we are best protected 15 days after the second dose. Then we don’t risk much. An American study concludes that only 0.01% of people vaccinated got the Covid-19, or 10,000 contaminations out of a sample of 100 million people who received the two doses. But since the vaccine prevents severe forms, the risk of going to the hospital is also reduced.