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Vaccination – Covid-19: those over 65 in the race for the third dose of vaccine in Haute-Vienne

A new peak in appointment booking on Doctolib. On November 10, some 1,700 Haut-Viennois reserved a space on the online platform for the third injection of the anti-Covid vaccine. Although the average was rather, in October, around 200 to 300 daily reservations in the department, the announcements of Emmanuel Macron, on November 9, influenced the request for withdrawals.

The date of December 15, which imposes a third injection on all people 65 years and over who received their second dose six months and five weeks ago * – and who want to extend their health pass – has put a bit of pressure of help in the age group.

Opening of new vaccine lines at CHU …

A phenomenon that is felt in vaccination centers, which must adapt to this influx. Thus, the CHU of Limoges opens a new line of vaccines (made up of a doctor and a nurse) starting on Wednesday, November 17, five days a week.

“In June, we had ten lines that ran 6 days a week,” compares Jean-Christophe Rousseau, deputy director general of the university hospital center. After the summer, the drop in demand was such that in mid-September we were on one line, operating only two days a week. Since November 9, we have added a line for CHU professionals, one day a week. “

From now on, in total, the establishment will therefore return to the three lines this Wednesday.

… and in Chénieux

The increase in calls and requests is also noticeable at the Chénieux clinic. “We are back in power,” says Pierre-Olivier Chastenet, a pharmacist at the Polyclinique de Limoges.

Although three lines of vaccines have absorbed almost 200 people per day (“booster injections in 95% of cases”), another two will be implemented as of November 22. You can perform between 350 and 400 injections daily.

In September 2021, Limousin nursing homes were organizing for the vaccine recall for their residents.

The fallout of peak spring

But demand is also strong among treating physicians and especially pharmacists, who can vaccinate with Pfizer.

“It’s the rush,” confirms Marion Lemaire, a pharmacist in Limoges and co-president of the Syndicat des pharmaciens de Haute-Vienne. The dispensary is a popular and easily accessible local solution.

For the pharmacist, affluence is not tied only to presidential announcements. “From April to June, we were at the height of the Covid-19 vaccine activity. Therefore, it is normal that six months later, there is a new wave of withdrawal. “

Older people who already have a vision of the future

In Chénieux, this Monday, November 15, at the end of the morning, most of the patients present had not waited for Emmanuel Macron’s speech to make an appointment. “It was planned, because it’s been six and seven months since we got the second dose,” said Simone, 75, and Daniel, 74, of Limoges.

As for Dominique, 67, from Couzeix, doubly vaccinated on May 14, he was eligible for the booster on November 14 and therefore did not wait. “I’m not doing it just for myself. I have my father and father-in-law in nursing homes. I had made my decision long before November 9 … ”

Between the beginning of September and November 11, 2021, some 23,000 older people in Upper Viennese withdrew from the market, or about a quarter of the target population.

The six months correspond to eligibility, the four weeks to the time allowed to complete the booster and the fifth to seven days to obtain the new QR code after the 3rd dose.

Practice. In addition to the Doctolib platform, it is possible to call the CHU telesecretariat on 05.55.08.75.20 to make an appointment.

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Helene Pommier

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