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Covid-19: vaccination open to all adults without restrictions

No more age or state of health conditions: since Monday, all adults in France can be vaccinated against Covid-19, a key step when the number of patients in intensive care units has returned to its normal level. end of January level.

President Emmanuel Macron, 43, who contracted Covid-19 in December, announced in a tweet Monday evening that he and his wife Brigitte had been vaccinated, encouraging all French people to do the same.

“Now that it is open to over 18s, I came as soon as I could,” explained to AFP, in front of the Saint-Vincent hospital group in Strasbourg, Jeremy Danner, a 25-year-old techno-commercial.

For the young man who wants to “participate in the collective effort”, it is both “one of the only ways to eradicate this virus” and the hope of “freeing himself from certain constraints”.

“The 18-20 year olds come a lot”, notes an administrative officer, noting that “they want the vaccine to be able to leave, to have the sanitary pass, to play concerts”.

400 km away, in front of the Stade de France, near Paris, transformed into a vaccine park, Xavier Dollin, 45, told AFP TV to count on the vaccine to “remove these masks and resume everyday life” .

A little over a week before the indoor reopening of restaurants and the passage from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. of the curfew, the decline in intensive care services, which began at the end of April, continues. Monday evening, the number of patients affected by Covid-19 and treated in intensive care was 2,945 (against 6,000 on April 26). The pandemic has killed almost 110,000 people in France.

– Complete –

From now on, two challenges await the vaccination campaign, crucial for a peaceful summer: to satisfy all the volunteers who are waiting for a dose and to convince the undecided, even the refractory.

Appointments for those over 18 were opened on Thursday. But with “28 million adults eligible for vaccination and not vaccinated”, the main Doctolib platform warned that it could not meet all the requests given the “still limited number of doses of vaccines, including Pfizer and Moderna “.

On Monday, on the internet, many vaccination centers were full for the next few days.

This expansion to all adults “must not distract us from the objective of finding all our fellow citizens who remain the most vulnerable”, elderly people or people suffering from co-morbidities, underlined Prime Minister Jean Castex, while visiting a health center. vaccination in Val-de-Marne.

Almost 26 million people received a first injection of the vaccine, or 49.1% of the adult population.

According to Doctolib, at the current rate, the government’s goal of vaccinating 30 million people should be reached by June 10, or 5 days before the scheduled deadline.

Out of nearly 10 million injections already scheduled for June, three quarters of the appointments were made by people under 50, according to Doctolib.

In contrast, the rate of vaccination slows down in older age groups, with nearly a quarter of those over 80 still unvaccinated, 14% among 75-79 year-olds and 16% among 70-74 year olds. years.

Antoinette Gomez Casagrande, a 74-year-old resident of Albi (Tarn), does not “want to be vaccinated” for “lack of confidence” in vaccines which are, according to her, only at the “experimental stage”.

While Michelle, a Strasbourg woman of the same age, “prefers to wait until September or October” because she “would not know which vaccine to choose” and “is afraid of having a vaccine with side effects”.

– What about teens? –

Last week, the Academy of Medicine recommended to impose a vaccination “obligation” to guarantee, before the end of the summer, “a collective immunity sufficient to control the epidemic, that is to say 90% of the adult population or 80 % of total population “.

A possibility qualified Sunday as “last option in case of failure” by the “Mr vaccine” of the government, Alain Fischer.

The latter also invited the population to organize themselves to receive the two doses at their place of residence, rather than during their vacation, so as not to destabilize the system.

Emmanuel Macron, who did not specify which vaccine he had received, in his tweet called on the French to be vaccinated “To protect us, to protect our loved ones”.

The organization of the campaign this summer will be on the menu of the health defense council on Wednesday, said Jean Castex, as will “the vaccination of children and adolescents over twelve years”, on which the High Authority of Health (HAS) must decide this week, after the green light given last week by the European Medicines Agency.

Since the press has mentioned this possibility, “we have received a lot of calls from adolescents who wish to be vaccinated”, explains Professor Vincent Bounes, who coordinates the Toulouse vaccinodrome, where he also noted a “great influx of young adults “.

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