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Anti-Covid vaccine: towards a third dose for all?


A recall of the vaccine against the Covid for all adults can be considered because of the deterioration of the situation in France, believe the two advisory bodies created by the government on the occasion of the pandemic.

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According to the scientific council and the Vaccine Strategy Orientation Council (COSV), this expansion of the booster to all adults, six months after vaccination, could make it possible to “Curb the epidemic and reduce the number of serious forms”. The COSV is the first to have put forward this idea in a notice dated Friday, November 19.

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In a separate opinion dated Saturday and made public this Monday, November 22, the scientific council chaired by infectious disease specialist Jean-François Delfraissy, also supports this hypothesis. “To restore vaccine efficacy to levels allowing epidemic control, generalizing the booster dose to the entire adult population could be an effective approach”, estimates the COSV chaired by immunologist Alain Fischer.

The third dose for children under 50 studied “soon”

In France, the booster dose (which is most often a third dose) currently only concerns people over 65 and people at risk of severe forms of the disease (as well as caregivers). This dose will be required to extend their health pass from December 15.

On November 9, the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron announced that the booster dose would be offered to 50-64 year olds from the 1er December, without even waiting for the opinion of the High Authority of Health (HAS) responsible for inspiring the policy of the executive on these issues.

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In its opinion, the scientific council pleads for the booster dose to become necessary to prolong the health pass of the 50-64 year olds, “Under the same terms” than for those over 65, “But with an adapted temporality”.

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On Friday, the HAS recommended injecting the booster dose from the age of 40. “The extension of the recall to under 50s will be studied soon”, indicated in the wake of the Minister of Health Olivier Véran.

The acceleration of the epidemic

The current acceleration of the epidemic, together with the declining effectiveness of vaccines over time, is likely to lead to “A significant increase in the number of daily admissions to hospital and critical care”, underlines the Orientation Council of the Vaccine Strategy in its opinion.

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“Even if the risk of severe forms remains much higher for unvaccinated people […], the absolute number of vaccinated people hospitalized in conventional care or in critical care is far from being negligible ”, he continues to justify the principle of a recall.



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