Booster shot, health pass, contagiousness … here is our practical guide on what to know if you have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
According to government figures, nearly 28 million people, that is to say nearly 42% of the population, have already received their first dose of vaccine in France on June 8, 2021. Half of these people have already received a second dose, which means that they are officially vaccinated.
According to the Pasteur Institute, 67% of the population, all age groups combined, should be vaccinated in order to achieve collective immunity. A promise that is made closer since the vaccination will be open to 12-18 year olds on June 15. If you have already received your second dose of the vaccine (or your single dose of Janssen or Johnson & Johnson), here’s what you need to know.
Can I still catch the covid and pass it on?
Two weeks after the second injection of Pfizer, Moderna or Astrazeneca, or one week after the single injection of Janssen or Johnson & Johnson, you are considered to be fully vaccinated. This doesn’t mean you can’t catch covid because not all vaccines are 100% effective. Pfizer, for example, is effective against 90% contamination, and Astrazeneca at 70%. At the population level, the real risk is much lower: a Californian study based on nearly 30,000 caregivers suggests a risk of being positive for the coronavirus, after vaccination, between 0.97 and 1.19%.
Beyond that, the chances of developing severe forms are extremely reduced. For the population over 65 who have received two doses of Pfizer or Moderna, the CDC estimates that the chances of being hospitalized due to a severe form of Covid are reduced by 94%. If you still get covid, you are more likely to be asymptomatic, and therefore less likely to transmit the virus because the viral load is much lower. A study published by Public Health England explains that vaccination cuts the chances of passing the virus to someone you live with by almost half.
Should I continue to apply barrier gestures?
As long as collective immunity has not been reached, the risk of contamination is not zero. In order to protect others, it is important to continue to apply barrier gestures:
- Vaccination does not exempt from wearing a mask in public places where it is mandatory, such as public transport, and even still, for now, in the street. It is also important to keep it indoors, especially in the presence of unvaccinated people;
- Wash your hands very regularly,
- Be sure to ventilate the rooms indoors, and keep a maximum of physical distancing;
- Stay alert and alert to the possible occurrence of Covid symptoms, since zero risk does not exist. If you have any, go for a test.
Do I need to get a health pass?
The health pass, which comes into effect on June 9, is not compulsory in everyday life. It will be required only on events welcoming more than 1000 people such as festivals, fairs, or shows. If you have already received both doses, you can retrieve your vaccination certificate from the Health Insurance portal, and integrate it into the TousAntiCovid application.
A negative PCR or antigen test of less than 48 hours, or a test attesting to the positive recovery for covid also count as a health pass, and can be integrated in the same way into the application.
Should I receive a third dose?
As some covid variants may escape vaccines, a suitable booster dose is currently in preparation. Moderna laboratories said a third dose of their vaccine would preserve Brazilian and South African variants, and Pfizer is currently performing the same tests.
But a mixture of vaccines might be the solution. On June 6, Dr John Wright of the Bradford Royal Infirmary explains on the BBC website that a large-scale study has started in England to determine which combination of vaccines would be most effective in combating both covid and its variants. ” It is very likely that, as with flu shots, we will need to perform covid booster shots every year in order to protect ourselves from winter waves and new variants ”, he writes.
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