Covid19.  Faced with a growing epidemic, a fourth dose is highly recommended in Eure-et-Loir

Covid19. Faced with a growing epidemic, a fourth dose is highly recommended in Eure-et-Loir

The Prefect of Eure-et-Loir, François Souliman, together with Denis Gelez, territorial delegate of the Regional Health Agency, visited the Dreux health center where vaccinations are carried out. (©Laurent Rebours)

The combination of a scorching summer, the cancellation of masks and barrier gestures almost everywhere, the closure of major vaccination centers, global fatigue… has led the population to put aside Covid-19 and its share of restrictions.

As everywhere in France, the situation in Eure-et-Loir is the same except for this Wednesday, September 21, 2022 Prefect, the numbers are not encouraging. Something to specifically invite people at risk to get a fourth dose of the vaccine.

Twice as many Covid cases in one week

The health field continues to vaccinate, slots are available quickly.
The health field continues to vaccinate, slots are available quickly. (©Laurent Rebours)

Within Dreux Health Centervaccination has never stopped, although it has seen a sharp decline in recent months.

On the other hand, the places are likely to regain sustained activity considering the news of the last days, as the prefect could mention:

We are not at this Dreux health center by chance, as it is one of the few vaccination centers in Eure-et-Loir against Covid and others. The numbers are certainly not extremely worrying, but they are not good at all.

Francoise SoulimanPrefect of Eure-et-Loir

It’s not good because it just doubled in the last week to reach an incidence rate of 306. “Until now, we have been moving quietly, but now, combined with the start of the school year, the autumn weather… we find ourselves in this development,” adds the prefect.

The positivity rate is also peaking one in four cases in tested people.

Target the vulnerable

The health center has branch projects throughout the department, such as Nogent-le-Rotrou, Châteaudun...
The health center has branch projects throughout the department, such as Nogent-le-Rotrou, Châteaudun, etc. (©Laurent Rebours)

The password remains unchanged from the start of the fourth vaccination dose. The most vulnerable people, in this case people over 80 years old, over 60 years old, immunocompromised, pregnant women, etc., must carry out this reminder.

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Still alone today 34.9% of people over 80 and 34.2% of people over 60 in Eure-et-Loir they are up to date with their doses, the summer has passed, also the poisoned effect.

This vaccination can be done in pharmacies, hospitals, private nurses, etc.

The Haute Autorité de Santé has just verified the vaccines dedicated to Omicron, they should be available in mid-October, but others, with a wider spectrum, remain relatively effective.

Denis GelezTerritorial delegate of the Centre-Val de Loire Regional Health Agency

Lots of slots available at the moment

A fourth dose is strongly recommended, this patient did not wait for a recommendation for this booster before leaving for Martinique
A fourth dose is strongly recommended, this patient did not wait for a recommendation for this booster before leaving for Martinique (©Laurent Rebours)

Reservations at Pôle santé 28 are made through Doctolib, but also through two dedicated phone numbers (see below).

At the moment we have very large slots available, almost every hour, we just need patients. It may not be the same in a few weeks, so the fittest, the most fragile, have to anticipate.

Marie-Claire Charpin and Pascale BerteauxHead of Department of Public Health and Head of Health Department

The priority is the protection of the oldest and most at-risk persons, and their surroundings are encouraged to protect them as well.

open again vaccination centers it is not on the agenda, as Françoise Souliman pointed out. On the one hand it is a big logistics to implement, on the other hand “Covid has mutated over months and populations are partially immunized”.

Above all, we will have to live with it now these seasonal peaks how could we know with the flu. The High Health Authority “is no longer talking about the variant”, evokes Denis Gelez, “vaccination has shown its usefulness”.

And monkey pox

The health center vaccinates against Covid-19, but also against monkeypox
The health center vaccinates against Covid-19, but also against monkeypox (©Laurent Rebours)

There are also barrier gestures, simple common sense in high population density areas and a bit more advanced in health areas like hospitals where wearing a face mask is mandatory.

The Health Center also vaccinates against monkey pox, although requests have been quite high this summer, they seem to be tapering off, there is a dose and a booster once again.

█ Practical: Reservations at Pôle santé 28 are ongoing Doctolib but also two dedicated telephone numbers at 02 37 51 54 00 (Chartres) or 02 37 51 77 04 (Dreux).

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