HAS rules out a third dose of anti-Covid vaccine for all, “for the moment”

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Illustrative photo taken during a vaccination with the Moderna vaccine in Le Cannet in France, January 19, 2021. REUTERS / Eric Gaillard

CORONAVIRUS – There is “no need for the moment” to offer a third dose of vaccine against Covid-19 to the entire population, “apart from the most vulnerable and the oldest”, for lack of “data available ”, estimated this Friday, July 16 the High Authority for Health (HAS).

“While it seems very likely that a booster injection will actually provide a boost effect (…), the data available to date do not allow a precise assessment of the impact or the need for such a booster on the patient. prevention of vaccine failures ”, argues the health authority, after the announcement Monday by Emmanuel Macron of a“ recall campaign ”at the start of the school year for the first vaccinated populations.

The HAS “therefore considers that there is no argument to recommend the administration of a booster dose beyond the people already targeted by government decisions, regardless of the initial vaccines”.

In the context of its future decisions, the health authority pleads, however, for research to be carried out on “all situations of reduced protection conferred by vaccination”, in particular during “vaccine failures following the second dose. and infections in fully vaccinated people ”to determine the usefulness of a possible third dose.

“The priority for the next few weeks is to do everything possible to increase vaccination coverage, in particular among people over 80 years of age for whom vaccination coverage is still insufficient (75%) despite their great vulnerability to disease, ”she added in a statement.

The HAS for the extension of the vaccination obligation

In a second opinion also published on Friday, the health authority considers “justified” the obligation of the vaccine against Covid-19 “for professionals in contact with vulnerable people”, as announced by the President of the Republic and as provided for in the bill which will be presented to the Council of Ministers on Monday, July 19.

The HAS even judges “that the extension of the vaccination obligation could be considered (…) for vulnerable people as soon as the vaccination coverage does not progress” and that the question of an obligation for “all professionals in contact with the public and beyond in the general population also deserves to be asked ”.

At this point, more than half of the French population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, and more than four in ten people have received a full vaccination schedule.

The announcement Monday evening of the vaccination obligation for certain professions and of an extension of the health pass to cultural events from Wednesday and then to many other places (restaurants, large shopping centers …) at the beginning of August led to an influx to the vaccine with “nearly three million” appointments made in three days, according to Emmanuel Macron.

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