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Covid-19: booster vaccination at half mast in Brittany, in the midst of the ninth wave – Bretagne

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Brittany has always been one of the good students in vaccination since the start of the covid-19 pandemic. But as a ninth wave hits the country, associated with early outbreaks of influenza and bronchiolitis, the region has seen its vaccination coverage dwindle.

According to figures communicated to the Telegram, this Friday, by the Regional Health Agency (ARS), only 13.7% of Bretons and Bretons over the age of 80 were up to date with their vaccination schedule (with a booster injection for less three months), to November 20. For 60-79 year olds it was a little more, since they were 37.6% to be up to date. The explanation for this higher percentage? For this age group, the delay for the booster injection is extended to six months.

Levels above the French average

The new bivalent vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are not causing a rush to pharmacies and general practices to receive a dose. However, they are supposed to be more effective against the variants of the Omicron family currently circulating. In Brittany, 92% of injections were carried out with this type of vaccine, from October 3 to December 7. If it is in the top duo of the national ranking of regions? where they are administered the most (with the Pays-de-la-Loire), their rate of use struggles to exceed 9% among the 60-64 year olds and 15% for the over 80s. Levels which nevertheless remain higher than the French average: respectively 7% and 12.2%.

As for the flu vaccination, the ARS was unable to provide us with Breton figures. Public Health France simply indicates a decline of 16% compared to last year for the whole of France. During the previous winter, the vaccination rate for those over 65 reached 66% in Finistère, 60.8% in Côtes-d’Armor and 59.9% in Morbihan.

The ARS nevertheless retains a hint of optimism by noting that “the pace of vaccinations has accelerated in recent times”.

A communication problem

At the Telegram, she affirms that these low vaccination coverages can be explained by several factors: “The end of the health pass, the fact also that some people have not integrated that an up-to-date vaccination schedule today induces an injection in later than six months or three months from the last injection, depending on his situation. Indeed, we no longer speak of the first, second or third dose, but of an up-to-date schedule”. And the ARS to make its mea culpa: “We still have to communicate clearly again on this subject”.

The weariness of the population is manifest. “It is therefore perfectly understandable that the risk of catching covid and declaring a serious form is perceived as minimal by a population which is reluctant to adhere to a new injunction to be vaccinated”, points out a spokesperson for the regional agency.

He hammers home, in fact, a message of prevention: “Too low vaccination coverage increases the pressure on the health system. Vaccination is also essential to protect healthcare workers and reduce absenteeism. With the approach of the end of year celebrations, and family reunions, and in this context of the ninth wave, it is essential to carry out these vaccinations against covid-19 but also against the flu”.



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