Covid-19: the fourth widespread dose in September?

Covid-19: the fourth widespread dose in September?
French people over the age of 60 are invited to receive the fourth dose of vaccine to protect themselves against serious forms of Covid-19. © Adobe stock

The head of the intensive care unit at the Lariboisière hospital in Paris, Professor Bruno Mégarbane, believes that a fourth dose is “not ruled out” at the start of the school year in September. What would this 4 be used for?and doses? Will it be compulsory for all French people?

Back to vaccination in September?

“We do not rule out that at the start of the school year”, in September, “it is necessary to redo a 4th dose for the entire population, but we will then see depending on the variants which will circulate. This was declared on April 24 by Bruno Mégarbane at the microphone of franceinfo.

The effectiveness of the booster vaccine is short

One of the arguments in favor of this fourth dose is the loss of effectiveness of the vaccine booster. A effectiveness that lasts only three months against severe forms. Between 4 and 6 months, the protection rate drops between “40-50% against Omicron, but it remains satisfactory concerning hospitalizations due to this new variant (75-85%)”, recalls the Vidal site. Fr.

Those over 60 are already called to a second reminder

Since April 7, the fourth dose has been extended to all French people over 60. “We must maintain good vaccination coverage among the most vulnerable people, whether en because of their age or state of health“, estimates Professor Yves Buisson, president of the Covid-19 cell within the Academy of Medicine, questioned by The Midi Dispatch.

living with the virus

For Professor Yves Buisson it is “not necessary for the time being” to extend this reminder to the rest of the population. Indeed, “we are entering a phase of epidemic decline and calm” he underlines. An opinion shared by Professor Bruno Mégarbane. For him, vaccination, infections and reinfections “make it possible to live with the virus“. Covid-19, “should very gradually move towards a cold virus”.

“Leave people not at risk alone for now”

Olivier Véran spoke about “vaccine fatigue” in the face of the possible generalization of a fourth dose. The High Authority for Health wishes to avoid “reducing theadherence of the population to vaccination by too frequent reminders. “We can leave people not at risk alone for the moment,” adds Yves Buisson.

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