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Covid-19 in Occitanie. ARS is worried about traffic jams to get vaccinated: Here’s why

The Regional Health Agency (ARS) Occitanie expects traffic jams at vaccination centers.
The Regional Health Agency (ARS) Occitanie expects traffic jams at vaccination centers. (© Illustration / Adobe Stock)

Watch out for hats! While the health clearance becomes conditional on the booster dose for all people aged 18 and over from Saturday 15 January 2022, the regional health agency (ARS) Occitanie is concerned about the potential for traffic congestion to get the Covid-19 vaccination.

Nearly two million people will be vaccinated

according to Pierre RecordoIn the middle of January this year, There are still 1.8 million people to be vaccinated in Occitanie.

“We have a lot of appointments being made. But there are also some options available,” assures the general manager of ARS Occitanie who sets out 300,000 slots They are open in January and February. “And it opens every day!”, he adds. A necessity when we know there is a renewed interest in vaccination.

Resume primary vaccination

In fact, in the region, 30,000 primitive vaccines It was carried out in the first week of January. 1 . agois being September 2021, 370,000 people have taken the vaccination step. the booster dose was injected into 2.6 million people from the region.

For its part, the vaccinate children It starts “in a moderate way,” admits Pierre Ricordio. He promised that “appointment openings and child vaccination sites will increase in the coming weeks.”

There may be traffic jams.

During an update of the situation, Thursday, January 13, 2022, the Director General of ARS Occitanie warned: “If our citizens do not make appointments quickly, there is a risk of traffic jams before the legislative deadlines.”

Already mentioned above, the January 15 Represents the first barrage of potential health card suspensions. In fact, as of this date, the document will no longer be valid for all those who did not receive a booster dose within seven months of their last dose.

then February 15, the time in which the invocation must be made will be shortened. This third dose should be carried out in the month following due, that is, four months (not seven) after full vaccination.

“The danger is that people do not make the appointment early enough. There, we will risk a traffic jam,” repeats Pierre Ricordio.

Desire only for Pfizer: “wrong” thinking

While some may risk waiting until the last minute, others refuse to be vaccinated. modern. For this reason, they prefer to postpone the vaccination to try to get it Pfizer / Biotech. The logic demolished by Pierre Ricordio.

“You shouldn’t delay vaccination if you can’t find a Pfizer. That’s wrong thinking because the risk of contamination is now. So the recall should be done now.”

Pierre RecordoGeneral Manager of ARS Occitanie

He explains that some studies have shown an interest in mixing different vaccines against Covid-19. This would provide useful diversity at the antibody level.

Pierre Ricordio concludes by emphasizing that “Pfizer and Moderna are on an equal footing,” recalling that the last mentioned are not recommended for those under 30.

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