The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, indicated on Friday that the vaccination against Covid-19 would be extended “from Saturday” to all “fragile” French adults, including obese people but also those suffering from hypertension, diabetes, kidney or heart failure. President Emmanuel Macron announced Thursday in the regional press the opening of vaccination to all obese people over 18 years old, citing the figure of 2.3 million French people concerned.
“Obesity is the number one chronic disease”
“He spoke about obesity, because obesity is the first chronic disease, or the first risk factor, apart from age, which exposes people to severe forms” of the Covid, explained Olivier Véran on franceinfo. “But we are obviously opening up vaccination also to people with comorbidities such as hypertension, diabetes, kidney or heart failure”, added the minister, specifying that these new rules would prevail from Saturday. “In total, we are extending vaccination to some 4 million fragile French people”, he said.
Until now, adults under the age of 50 have only been eligible for vaccination if they have a “very high risk of severe form of Covid-19”, such as people with cancer on treatment.
“There are departments where there are still many fragile people to be vaccinated”
On Thursday, the vaccine campaign broke a “daily record” with “nearly 550,000 injections”, welcomed the minister, but “there are departments where there are still many vulnerable people to be vaccinated”, he observed.
“What I want is that a 75-year-old who has not yet found his appointment can be vaccinated, including (outside) his commune, before his 20-year-old grandson “, insisted Mr. Véran, calling for a “territorial solidarity” in vaccines.
Commenting on the calls to expand access to vaccines to all French people, even young people and without comorbidity, the minister implicitly called for patience. “I hear the urge for vaccination, I accompany it, and I hope that it lasts”. In June, July, August, “we will need a lot of French people who want to be vaccinated, even if the epidemic seems to be behind us”, he commented. “We are accelerating as much as we can, depending on the doses delivered to us”, he assured.