An exceptional mobilization of the actors of the vaccination
Thanks to the mobilization of hospital and liberal professionals, the vaccination campaign is continuing very dynamically in Hauts-de-France. With 461,038 injections from December 13 to 19, vaccination actors in the region broke the record for injections over 1 week since the start of the Covid-19 vaccination campaign (420,000 injections from July 19 to 25). In 5 weeks, the number of weekly injections has thus been multiplied by 5 in Hauts-de-France.
As of December 21, according to figures from Public Health France, nearly 2 million inhabitants of the region aged 12 and over received a booster dose (1,903,059), i.e. a vaccination coverage rate for this population of 37.5% (35.7% in France).
Start of the week, Professor Benoit Vallet, Director General of ARS Hauts-de-France, and Georges-François Leclerc, Prefect of the Hauts-de-France region, have called on those involved in vaccination to deploy their vaccination capacities as much as possible during the holiday period to allow as many people as possible to have their first, second injections or their booster dose, and to develop pediatric vaccination lines in a context of opening up vaccination to all children from 5 to 11 years old.
Vaccination open to all children aged 5 to 11
Since December 22, the Covid-19 vaccination has been extended to all children aged 5 to 11, according to notices from National Ethics Advisory Committee on December 16, the High Authority for Health (HAS) on December 20 and the Vaccine Strategy Orientation Council on December 21. As of December 23, more than 70 vaccination centers in the region have already opened appointments (list to be found here) to vaccinate children from 5 to 11 years old. In addition, the attending physicians or city pediatricians who have ordered them will receive the first pediatric doses between December 24 and 28. Vaccination can also be carried out by nurses on medical prescription.
Barrier gestures: a call for the greatest vigilance during the holidays
On the eve of the start of the holiday season conducive to family and friendly gatherings and in a context of the spread of the Omicron variant, Benoit Vallet and Georges-François Leclerc also call on the inhabitants of Hauts-de-France to be extremely careful and invite to:
- Get tested, vaccinated or not, before the holidays
- Continue to apply barrier gestures, even vaccinated, including with loved ones (ventilation of rooms 10 minutes per hour, wearing a mask, regular hand washing, no hugs)
- Reduce private gatherings to limit the risk of transmission
- Make an appointment, if this has not been done, to get vaccinated or get their booster dose.