Covid-19: what you need to know about the new vaccination campaign, which has been brought forward by two weeks

Following the increase in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks, Health Minister Aurélien Rousseau has decided to advance the new vaccination campaign by two weeks.

After months of dormancy, Covid-19 has returned to France with a new variant, scientifically named EG.5, also nicknamed Eris. And at a time when positive cases are increasing in France, the Ministry of Health has decided to advance the new vaccination campaign by two weeks, from October 2.

“The observation is simple: the Covid epidemic is already here,” emphasized Minister Aurélien Rousseau, explaining his decision.

Vaccinations were originally scheduled to begin on October 17, at the same time as flu shots. However, the Minister of Health decided to follow the opinion of the Health Risk Monitoring and Prediction Committee (Kovarai), which recommends “getting revaccinated as soon as possible”.

The new campaign is primarily aimed at people belonging to the risk group. This applies to people over the age of 65, patients with co-morbidities (diabetes, obesity, chronic diseases, etc.), immunocompromised people, and pregnant women. People who come into contact with them must also be vaccinated, such as caregivers.

In addition, the vaccination against Covid-19 remains free and open to everyone, provided that they have been at least six months since their last exposure or injection.

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