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These data are all the more worrying as they only concern 860,000 people when obesity concerns more than 7 million French people.
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Vaccination is accelerating in France, but not to the same level for everyone. Less than one in two obese adults has been vaccinated against Covid-19, according to Health Insurance, which published new data on the vaccination of chronically ill patients on Friday.
Thus, on May 23, only 48% of “patients with severe obesity”, or 860,000 insured recently passed through a hospital, received at least one injection, a rate “higher than the national average, but low compared to risks “.
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By extrapolation, “it is to be feared that the category of obese patients, much larger, is even less well vaccinated, with a probable correlation with the standard of living”. There are several reasons for this delay:
Several factors can explain this figure. The first is a late opening of the vaccination to adults with a body mass index greater than 30 than late. They had to wait for the beginning of May, recalls The world in its Sunday edition.
Fear of catching the virus in hospital or mistrust of vaccines can also be taken into account. “When I went to be vaccinated at the hospital, I was told not to worry, ‘if there is a problem, the sheave is right next door’, testifies Anne-SophieJoly, president of the National Collective of obese associations, in the columns of World. I went there with fear in my stomach. But I was convinced, because the benefit-risk balance clearly argues for vaccination. “
According to her, we must rely on an information and explanation campaign for people affected by obesity to “allay fears and answer all questions”. Because the isolation of patients, which worsened during more than a year of pandemic, participates in this weak vaccination of people called “at risk”. This is why the ARS Île-de-France “tries to increase its actions with neighborhood associations, parents ‘associations, workers’ unions …”, explains Luc Ginot, director of health public at ARS Ile-de-France, at World.
- An “invisible” pathology
Data all the more worrying as they relate to “860,000 people, including 450,000 unvaccinated, when obesity affects 7 to 8 million French”, underlines the daily. “What we have in our data is restrictive compared to the more general population of people with obesity,” confirms the Health Insurance. According to patient associations, obesity then becomes an invisible pathology.